Discussions around sustainable urban futures can benefit by engaging different stakeholders with potential controversies that originate from conflicting values, particularly when technology is involved. For instance, smart city technologies and big data are frequently portrayed as the panacea for solving alleged inefficiencies in the urban system and addressing societal challenges such as climate change. However, imaginaries of optimized – and potentially more sustainable – city futures fail to acknowledge potential clashes between individual and collective values, which can lead to controversies and ultimately impact sustainability. Our web experience encourages reflection and debate on the interconnectedness between individual and collective values, and between humans, the city, and technology, all relevant for achieving sustainable practices.
Project team: prof. Mascha van der Voort, dr. Michiel de Lange and prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek. This web experience has been developed with the collaboration of the Design Innovation Group. This research project is part of the research program Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities with project number CISC.CC.012, which is (partly) financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). We thank the rest of our project partners (Aerovision, Future City Foundation, Marxman, Municipality of Amersfoort and Utrecht University) for their valuable contributions to this research project. Thanks to Beatrijs Hinloopen for working on the visuals of Future Frictions.