Editors for the forthcoming book, Technology and the City: Towards a Philosophy of Urban Technologies, are calling for chapters on Smart Cities and their fundamental challenges. Part of the series “Philosophy of Engineering and Technology” (Springer), the book will be edited by Michael Nagenborg, Margoth González Woge, Taylor Stone, and Pieter Vermaas.

The outline:

All over the world massive investments are being made to realize visions of the ‘Smart City.’ Technology plays a central role in making future cities more sustainable, to make urban governance more transparent and just, and increase the efficiency in various sectors ranging from transport to education. What is often overlooked in the process of making cities ‘smart’ is the fundamental role of technologies in the urban lifeworld. Philosophy of Technology can help understanding this role and by this contribute to a more sophisticated thinking for developing smart cities. The contributions in this volume map out how technologies are used and designed to plan, maintain, govern, demolish, and destroy the city and its part. They demonstrate how urban technologies shape and are shaped by fundamental concepts and principles, like citizenship, publicness, democracy, and nature. And, they explore how to think of technological mediated urban space as part of the human condition.

Publication is expected in 2019. Abstracts of chapters (max. 1000 words) are accepted until November 1st, 2017. Topics include:

  • Technologies in the urban lifeworld (e.g., transport, infrastructures, technologies of information, communication, surveillance and security)
  • Urban co-existence and urban justice
  • Technologies for urban planning and urban governance
  • Technology and sustainability
  • Cities as centers of technological innovation
  • Risk, disaster, and resilience
  • War: Destruction and reconstruction of the urban landscape
  • Cities and technologies in Non-Western traditions
  • Networked Cities
  • Theoretical perspectives and frameworks

For full details, see the official announcement.