Repurposing Questions

  1. What is the best way to plan a city and how might this relate to utopian projects?
  2. What is the history of urban infrastructure reform?
  3. What are some of the best examples of these reforms, and why?
  4. What are the potential outcomes to be achieved by so-called smart cities?
  5. How does the smart city relate to 19th century types of city reforms such as sanitation systems?
  6. What are the political macro-trends behind city planning and infrastructure?
  7. What are the economic benefits to cities investing in new technological infrastructure?
  8. How are different social classes or demographic groups affected by changes to city infrastructure or layout (i.e. who do the reforms benefit)?
  9. How can urban technological change be pursued in a way that is democratic and socially just?
  10. How can different historical city planning reforms be represented using data visualization techniques?

In order to help people understand the discussion about smart city plans, I need to provide context about the history of these types of reforms. I should explain the points of view of different groups on these reforms and what the pros and cons of each are, so that the reader will be able to develop their own opinion instead of being told what to think.

The reader must make sense of the smart city reforms using their knowledge of technology and urban politics. So the reader must recall what they might already know of the issues and their opinion on them.


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