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Life at the local scale: an alternative perspective on the urban.

Smyth, Michael; Helgason, Ingi



The study of cities has risen to the top of research agendas in the last decade, raising the question of how to study something as vast and eclectic as cities. This paper proposes a return to a focus on the local as an appropriate scale to investigate the needs and requirements of the livable city. A critical design approach is described, together with two design fictions that speculate on the relationship of the local to the city and how this could be mediated through data. The paper concludes by claiming that the local can reveal many of the subtleties and nuances associated with urban living and at the wider level can provide indicators to why this style of living is increasingly desirable to a growing urban community.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Hybrid Cities - Data to the People 3rd International Biennial Conference
Start Date Sep 17, 2015
End Date Sep 19, 2015
Publication Date 2015-09
Deposit Date Oct 30, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Hybrid Cities - data to the people
Keywords Information and society; information technology; sustainability; empowerment; citizenship
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Contract Date Aug 15, 2017


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