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The idea of the 
smart city seems to have triumphed as a term that aims to bring together the link between the twenty-first century technologies and their deployment in the city. Even though its narrative compresses very diffuse profiles, interpretations and definitions, the smart city –no matter you feel comfortable or not with the term itself- has gained a privileged position in the whole scope of urban discussions and particularly in the field of urban technologies. But after some years of massive attention, the list of skeptics and openly critical positions keeps growing.

Undoubtedly one of the most debated issues at conferences and public events trying  to push the smart cities trend is referred to the challenges and barriers toimplementation and as years go by, we are still waiting, at least to witness how those envisioned renderings take real form. And here, after some years of compulsive talking, frustration and disappointment are a basic bottom line, due to the long distance between the promises marketed and reality (brilliantly described by Adam Greenfield). Because if the ultimate formalization of a smart city is the operations centre in Rio de Janeiro, there was no need to make such deal of it, and it is also the time to, please, stop using SongdoMasdar an other canonical obsessively-repeated cases as smart city inspiration examples, when even their own implementation is giving scarce evidence and keep struggling to be more than just fake cities.


Ik heb sterk de indruk dat de gemeente Almere ‘Almere Smart Society’ geruisloos heeft ingeruild voor ‘Growing Green Cities’. In plaats van de ontwikkeling en innovatie in handen te leggen van deze mensen: zie: is Almere nu overgeleverd aan de groene kindervingertjes van de Urban Greeners, tja: 

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