Just a month ago I crossed the Pacific Ocean to Australia to spend a year studying one of the subjects I am most passionate about and to which I have devoted many hours of study and analysis. : Development of smart cities.
The thinking of smart cities is, most of the time, derived from a handful of technological solutions that make governance very happy, but do not make a noticeable impact on the community. So I am part of the stream that thinks of “smart citizenship” as more than just smart cities.
The decision to live together in an urban space is what we call a “critical decision”, so it is up to community political organization to not only facilitate the attainment of that decision, but also to make progressive improvements that enhance sustainability and community. The sustainability of the experience of living in community urban space.
This has nothing to do with the size of said space, but functionality in relation to the experience of living together.
There, technology (understood as technical solutions to specific problems) plays a relevant role in delivering on the promise that we live together to improve the quality of life experience, but this technology is not the smart city. Not a cornerstone.
In Australia, this route is lived at your own pace, logically focused on your urgency. It is a community settling its recent scores with the past and its native peoples, with a caring position in the Pacific as a theater of operations with ever-evolving great powers with which to compete . Moreover, due to an impressive educational system and good quality of life, Australia attracts people, orders and controls the process to the maximum and learns the experience of multiculturalism and development every day, though technology for the sake of technology. mistrusts the empire of
Australia is more about an orderly society trying to be more orderly than a purely technological society, if it were still the case that a society tried to be technological for fun, as we usually think. Huh.
Here the smart city experience is related to the order and peace they seek in having time to work (without respite) and to enjoy public space.
The human gaze has not been turned by the number of gigabytes, but by a gigabyte’s worth that provides peace and order, through parks designed for leisure, community gathering shows, safe and efficient public transport infrastructure (note: ultra modern No), a lot of public urban space is fully implemented in everyone’s space and not “left over” from private development etc.
A year is a short time to learn, but the experience in Australia is everything I’d envisioned a “mindset change”… but on a human scale rather than a tremendous technological development, imitation when we talk about It is often impossible to do or follow smart cities when thinking about the US in general or Chile in particular.