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Disrupted Urbanism

Situated Smart Initiatives in African Cities

By Nancy Odendaal

Published

Oct 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529218572

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529218565

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529218589

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Disrupted Urbanism

The ‘smart city’ is often promoted as a technology-driven solution to complex urban issues. While commentators are increasingly critical of techno-optimistic narratives, the political imagination is dominated by claims that technical solutions can be uniformly applied to intractable problems.

This book provides a much-needed alternative view, exploring how ‘home-grown’ digital disruption, driven and initiated by local actors, upending the mainstream corporate narrative.

Drawing on original research conducted in a range of urban African settings, Odendaal shows how these initiatives can lead to meaningful change.

This is a valuable resource for scholars working in the intersection of science and technology studies, urban and economic geography and sociology.

Nancy Odendaal is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town.

Introduction: Fantasies, Hope and Compelling Narratives

The Expansive Nature of Platforms

Hacking Mobility

Digital Food Dialogues

Cyborg Activism

Platform Practices and the Public Imagination

Conclusion: On Understanding Situated Platform Urbanism