Smart Citizens Not Smart Cities: This Sensor Allows Anyone to Track and Share Urban Environmental Conditions

This feature has been created in collaboration with URBANNEXT, a multi-platform aimed at developing, disseminating and distributing content centered on architecture through a focus on the contemporary human milieu and its challenges. Architizer features a weekly discussion from urbanNext’s journals to support its investigation of urban conditions and innovations facing the architectural profession today. Urban citizens are often warned about the intensified environmental conditions that are the result of living in a highly developed city. Air and noise pollution, humidity and rising temperatures not only directly impact health and quality of life, but also indicate the degradation of the environment and subsequently how it will care for us in the future. While many contemporary metropolises are pouring money into the development of smart city technologies to make cities more efficient and adaptive, citizens themselves often do not possess the means to inform how their cities are shaped in response to these factors. The makers behind Smart Citizen, an open source environmental sensor, have ambitions to introduce a new level of agency to urbanites in processes of architectural, urban and infrastructural design. "We were wondering how we could talk about the 'smart citizens' and not the 'smart cities,'" says Guillem Camprodon, ...
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