Programming Nature as Infrastructure in the Smart Forest City.
J Urban Technol
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Gabrys, J. (2022). Programming Nature as Infrastructure in the Smart Forest City.. J Urban Technol, 29 (1), 13-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/10630732.2021.2004067
Smart cities typically involve the digitalization of transport and buildings, energy and communications. Yet urban natures are also becoming increasingly digitalized, whether through processes of monitoring, automation, mitigation, or augmentation. This text considers what "splintering urbanisms" materialize through programming nature as infrastructure. By focusing specifically on smart urban forests, I suggest that the management logics of smart infrastructures attempt to program and transform vegetation and its ecologies into uniquely efficient and responsive urban organisms. In the process, these programs of efficiency have the potential to exacerbate extractive economies and social inequalities that amplify and materialize through the "Internet of nature."
Smart Environments, Smart Cities, Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities, Digital Infrastructure, Smart Forests
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (Grant agreement No. 866006).
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) ERC (866006)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10630732.2021.2004067
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