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Livingmaps lecture/seminar/workshop series:
Smart Cities, Dumb Maps

In these sessions we will be developing a critical reading of the ‘smart city’ agenda and exploring ways in which digital mapping and other technologies could be mobilised or transformed to serve as platform for democratic action.

Challenging the Corporate Smart City

Wednesday 30 September, 6-8pm
The Young Foundation, 18 Victoria Park Square, London, E2 9PF

Speaker: Robert Hollands (Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University) Discussant: Phil Cohen

This lecture looks at how we currently understand the smart city and critiques the growing trend towards corporate and entrepreneurial governance versions. It goes on to consider smartness from different perspectives emanating from small-scale and fledgling forms of participatory and citizen-based initiatives.

Other events in the series:

Weds 28 October, 6-8pm: Governing the Data City. Speaker: Alison Powell, Discussant: Muki Haclay

Weds 25 November, 6-8 pm: Seminar: Mapping the Commons and/or D-I-Y Urbanism. Panellists: Dan McQuillan, Alberto Duman, Massimo De Angeles, and Max Colson

Sat 5 December, 2-5pm: Workshop on digital mapping led by Dan McQuillan, Anne Marie Naylor and Christian Nold, at The May Day Rooms

Sat 24 October, 10-5pm: London’s Turning: East London and the post-Olympic legacy, at USS One University Square E15

Tickets to all Livingmaps events are £10.00 (£5.00 concessions). To book, email: Please note that places for the lectures, seminar and workshop are limited so early booking is advised.

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