Post-Nuclear Urbanism P‑N Urbanism

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This Summer School develops an analytical and applied perspective on the urban environment as a set of infrastructures to generate, maintain and spread knowledge about the human and natural worlds. It is in this way that the school responds to the ‘infrastructural turn’ in urbanism, by investigating the development of the digital layer in addition to already existing materialities of public and private lives in cities. This new factor of the digital layer has provoked an important broad reflection regarding how cities’ hardware is negotiated economically and socially among its developers and users on how its implementation is dependent on political cultures, and on how technological innovations encounter institutional traditions.

Seeing this development through the perspective of knowledge infrastructures (Edwards 2010) poses a big question about how user-centered modes to digitally obtain and generate information – from not moderated access to educational archives and individualized news feeds to self-tracking applications and the graded profiles of an increasingly unbundled workforce – can be married with built environments established for the centralized mass spread of information and a stabilized, controlled worldview.

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