• Towards a civic approach to urban data: The myths of digital universalism

    Marianna Charitonidou (see profile)
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    X Congresso Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana (AISU)
    Conf. Org.:
    Politecnico di Torino
    Conf. Loc.:
    Conf. Date:
    8 September 2022
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    The paper analyses the role of the urban scale digital twins in how we conceive and design urban spaces. The urban scale digital twins are virtual replicas of cities. Within the current context of data-driven societies, they are often used to test scenarios related to sustainable environmental design. An important reorientation for the role of the urban scale digital twins in urban planning is that from technical to the socio-technical perspectives. The debates on smart cities often focus on technical issues, neglecting the social aspects of urban planning. At the core of the paper is the idea that in order to combine environmental equity and social equity, it is pivotal to bring together the social and the technical viewpoints of urban planning. This can become possible through the adoption of socio-technical perspectives. Many cases of urban planning decision-making that include the use of urban scale digital twins are based on a rhetoric that promotes participatory design methods. However, the dependance of the urban scale digital twins on a limited set of variables and processes makes it difficult to take decisions in a way that takes into account social aspects and non-quantitative aspects concerning urban planning. Urban scale digital twins are based on the abstraction of sets of variables and processes. At the core of the paper is the exploration of how urban scale digital twins can promote sustainable development goals.
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