Imagining Public Space in Smart Cities: a Visual Inquiry on the Quayside Project by Sidewalk Toronto

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Imagining Public Space in Smart Cities: a Visual Inquiry on the Quayside Project by Sidewalk Toronto

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dc.contributor.author Okcuoglu, Tugba
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-25T08:15:57Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-25T08:15:57Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29100
dc.description.abstract Recently, the ‘Smart City’ label has emerged as a popular umbrella term for numerous projects around the world that claim to offer an enhanced urban experience, often provided in collaboration with international companies through private-public partnerships. As smart cities pledge to create long-term economic sustainability and progressive form of urban entrepreneurialism, it is getting important to highlight risks such as the reduced role of the public sector, technological dominance and data privacy.In contrast to more a conventional, long-term, holistic master planning, a technologically pre-determined form of Smart City endangers the emancipator usage of public spaces as spaces of diversity, creativity, inclusive citizen participation and urban sustainability. This research approaches the concept of Smart Cities as a future category and, thus, targets to develop a comprehensive visual analysis based on architectural representations in the form of computer-generated images (CGI’s). The Quayside project, a notable and widely criticized urban development project, by Sidewalk Toronto, a cooperation between Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs which is a sister subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has been selected as Smart City case study as. Visual analysis was conducted by using the theoretical frame advocating ‘Coordinating Smart Cities’ in contrast to ‘Prescriptive Smart Cities’ by Richard Sennett. In addition to Sennett’s concept of ‘Incomplete Form’, Jan Gehl’s ‘Twelve Quality Criteria’ was used as coding categories to elaborate the content analysis which was followed by semiological and compositional interpretations. Visuals have been investigated in three sequential sets and analyzed focusing on time-based comparative frequency counts for sets of visuals. Concentrating on how future public spaces are illustrated, the study aims to uncover and to discuss how Smart Cities are being imagined and advertised. en_US
dc.format.extent 55 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle sv_SE
dc.subject Smart City en_US
dc.subject Smart Urbanism en_US
dc.subject Neoliberal Planning en_US
dc.subject Public Space en_US
dc.subject Local Governance en_US
dc.subject Digitalization en_US
dc.subject Visual Theory en_US
dc.subject Architectural Representations en_US
dc.subject Sidewalk Toronto en_US
dc.subject Quayside Project en_US
dc.title Imagining Public Space in Smart Cities: a Visual Inquiry on the Quayside Project by Sidewalk Toronto en_US
dc.type H2 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok SocialBehaviourLaw en_US
dc.contributor.examiner Fonseca Alfaro, Claudia
dc.contributor.supervisor Baeten, Guy
mahlocal.xprt.faculty2019 KS
mahlocal.xprt.institution2019 US
mahlocal.xprt.program Urban Studies
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