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OGLM 3015 - Harnessing the Power of Technologies - Smart Cities

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

After a couple of years testing smart city solutions and implementing smart city strategies, research and experience have shown the limits of purely technological and top-down approaches. A growing focus on citizen-centric methods, taking advantage of collaborative technologies, is gaining ground but many issues still have to be tackled to take the most out of these approaches. This workshop will use concrete examples of smart cities' strategies as a point of departure to discuss different understanding of the concept. Then, we will focus on smaller scale projects to analyze how technologies can be harnessed to mobilize and leverage collective intelligence. What are the potentials and challenges lying in this vision of the “smart city”? The participants in the workshop will finally work in small groups on different simulations in order to envision methods to help city governments and urban planners engage and enable citizens for specific projects.


de FRANCQUEVILLE HANSEN, Caroline (Associée, OurHub)

Pedagogical format

4 sessions of 3 hours.

Course validation

Group work and oral presentation 50%. Written summary of the presentation 50%


The students are expected to: students are required to attend all sessions, participate in discussions, engage in simulation exercises, read the assigned readings, critically reflect on them and come to class prepared to present and discuss their analysis, to collaborate in small groups to take part in the simulation exercises and produce a group work to be presented at the final session, to produce a seminar paper after the workshop.

Required reading

  • Saunders, P. & Mulgan, G. (2017) Governing with collective intelligence, Nesta publications
  • Cardullo, P. & Kitchin, R. (2017) Being a ‘citizen' in the smart city: Up and down the scaffold of smart citizen participation. The programmable city working paper
  • Niaros, V. (2016) Introducing a Taxonomy of the “Smart City”: Towards a Commons-Oriented Approach? In TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 14 (1), 51-61
  • Taylor, L. ; Richter, C. ; Jameson, S. & Perez de Pulgar, C. (June 9, 2016) Customers, Users or Citizens? Inclusion, Spatial Data and Governance in the Smart City, Maps4Society Final Project Report. Available at SSRN:
  • Claudel, M. & Ratti, C. (2016) Dimensions of the Future City, In Nel-Lo, O. & Mele, R. (eds.) Cities in the 21st Century: Academic Visions on Urban Development. Abingdon: Routledge

Additional required reading

The Economist Intelligence Unit (2016) Empowering cities. The real stories of how citizens and businesses are driving smart cities