There is a lot of hype dedicated to the topic of the future city that features all kinds of “smart” technology that will improve our urban spaces. The intelligent trash can, video surveillance, digital law enforcement… Sociologist Saskia Sassen isn’t impressed by the shiny promise of a wonderful future brought on by technology. In fact the point of much of her work is that to really succeed, we need to design a system that “puts all that technology truly at the service of the inhabitants—and not the other way around.”
Today on the podcast we feature a talk on Open Source Urban Spaces by Saskia Sassen given at the Lift Conference in Marseille, 2011.
“When you think about our good old cities, they have outlived empires, kingdoms, republics, multinational corporations; they live on. They live on because they are incomplete and because they talk back.”
Source: Lift on Youtube
Photo: Hubert Burda Media / flickr