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The Right to the Sustainable Smart City

Heitlinger, S ORCID: 0000-0001-6148-350X, Bryan-Kinns, N. & Comber, R. (2019). The Right to the Sustainable Smart City. In: Brewster, S. & Fitzpatrick, G. (Eds.), CHI '19 Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2019 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 04 - 09 May 2019, Glasgow, UK. doi: 10.1145/3290605.3300517


Environmental concerns have driven an interest in sustainable smart cities, through the monitoring and optimisation of networked infrastructures. At the same time, there are concerns about who these interventions and services are for, and who benefits. HCI researchers and designers interested in civic life have started to call for the democratisation of urban space through resistance and political action to challenge state and corporate claims. This paper contributes to an emerging body of work that seeks to involve citizens in the design of sustainable smart cities, particularly in the context of marginalised and culturally diverse urban communities. We present a study involving co- designing Internet of Things with urban agricultural communities and discuss three ways in which design can participate in the right to the sustainable smart city through designing for the commons, care, and biocultural diversity.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N. and Comber, R. | ACM 2019. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is to be published in Proceedings of 2019 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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