Subprojects | Project Area B | Spaces of Communication

B03
Smart Cities: Everyday Life in Digitalized Spaces

If urbanization became a hallmark of modernity, then the mediatization of our cities through the ever thicker web of artificial intelligence stands for the late modern transformation. Today the so-called “smart cities” emerge not only via digitalization of existing urban structures but are being built from scratch to integrate the virtual and the real in a way that blurs the traditional boundary between them. In other words, everyday practices and actual cityscapes become ‘augmented’ by a myriad of virtual potentialities. These urban spaces are nowadays being profoundly refigured and with them many human forms of sociability. This ‘refiguration’ literally breaks new ground in places such as the city of Songdo in South Korea. At the same time, it rekindles old modern binary discourses of utopian salvation and dystopian danger. Our project aims not only to document and explain the resulting changes but also to transcend that binary coding. The goal is to work out a rigorous vocabulary in which we can describe in detail how these changes refigure space and time. In order to do that a robust ethnographic approach is needed. Hitherto the scholarly attention prioritized political economy of smart cities, seeing them as reflecting epochal top-down transformations in technology and economy. But once built and populated, cities evince ‘their own logic’ too, one based on a series of contextspecific appropriations of generic technical solutions. This requires to see them as actively inflecting social reality. Combining sociological and architectural approaches to urban planning and city life, our team addresses how ‘smart’ urban life actualizes itself and why it matters.

 

Publications

Alaily-Mattar, N., Bartmanski, D., Dreher, J., Koch, M., Löw, M., Pape, T., & Thierstein, A. (2018). Situating Architectural Performance: ‘Star Architecture’ and its Roles in Repositioning the Cities of Graz, Lucerne and Wolfsburg. European Planning Studies, 26(9), p. 1874–1900.

Christmann, G., Bernhardt, C., & Stollmann, J. (eds.). (2020). Special Issue | Visual Communication in Urban Design and Planning: The Impact of Mediatisation(s) on the Construction of Urban Futures.

Hendawy, M., & Stollmann, J. (2020). The Entanglement of Class, Marriage and Real Estate. The Visual Culture of Egypt’s Urbanization. Urban Planning, 5(2), p. 44-58.

Kelling, E., Pelger, D., Löw, M., & Stollmann, J. (eds.). (2020). Wohnhaft im Verborgenen. Die Hostelwirtschaft mit Wohnungslosen in Berlin. Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin.

Löw, M. (2020). In welchen Räumen leben wir? Eine raumsoziologisch und kommunikativ konstruktivistische Bestimmung der Raumfiguren Territorialraum, Bahnenraum, Netzwerkraum und Ort. In Reichertz, J. (eds.), Grenzen der Kommunikation. Kommunikation an den Grenzen Weilerswist: Velbrück, p. 149-164.

Löw, M. (2020). Re/figur/ieren – Ein Essay über Räume und Grenzen in der späten Moderne. In Kittelmann, U., & Knapstein, G. (eds.), Katharina Grosse - It wasn’t us. Ausstellungskatalog. Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag, p. 162-169.

Löw, M. (2019). Die Singularität der sozialen Logik in der Spätmoderne? Über Transformation, Konflikt und Raum in Andreas Reckwitz’ Buch „Die Gesellschaft der Singularitäten“. Soziologische Revue, 42(1), p. 3-10.

Löw, M. (2019). Figur. Bauwelt Einblick, 5, p. 9.

Löw, M. (2019). Social and Spatial Uncertainty and Inequality: The Refiguration of Spaces as Today’s for Cities. In Smagacz-Poziemska, M., Gómez, M. V., Pereira, P., Guarino, L., Kurtenbach, S., & Villalón, J. J. (eds.), Inequality and Uncertainty. Current Challenges for Cities London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 23-41.

Löw, M. (2019). Songdo: Raumkonstruktion in digitalisierten Lebensräumen. In Burzan, N. (eds.), Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen. Verhandlungen des 39. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Göttingen 2018.

Löw, M. (2018). Raum. In Müller, H.P., & Reitz, T. (eds.), Simmel-Handbuch: Begriffe, Hauptwerke, Aktualität Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, p. 433-437.

Löw, M. (2018). Vom Raum aus die Stadt denken.

Löw, M., & Knoblauch, H. (2020). Dancing in Quarantine: The Spatial Refiguration of Society and the Interaction Orders. Space and Culture, 23(3), p. 221–225.

Löw, M., & Knoblauch, H. (2020). Dichotopie. Die Refiguration von Räumen in Zeiten der Pandemie. In Volkmer, M., & Werner, K. (eds.), Die Corona-Gesellschaft. Analysen zur Lage und Perspektiven für die Zukunft Bielefeld: transcript, p. 89-99.

Löw, M., & Knoblauch, H. (2020). The Re-Figuration of Spaces and Refigured Modernity – Concept and Diagnosis. Historical Social Research, 45(2), p. 263-292.

Löw, M., & Knoblauch, H. (2020). Soziale Theoriebildung. Möglichkeiten von Interdisziplinarität in einem soziologisch geleiteten DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich. Soziologie, 49(1), p. 7-22.

Löw, M., & Knoblauch, H. (2019). Die Re-Figuration von Räumen — Working Paper Nr. 1.

Löw, M., & Knoblauch, H. (2019). The Re-Figuration of Spaces — Working Paper Nr. 2.

Löw, M., & Stollmann, J. (2018). Urbanität in Smart-City-Entwürfen und Stadtvisionen? Moderne Stadtentwicklung zwischen Songdo und Limerick. In Gestring, N., & Wehrheim, J. (eds.), Urbanität im 21. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/New York: Campus, p. 336-343.

Löw, M., & Weidenhaus, G. (2018). Relationale Räume mit Grenzen. Grundbegriffe der Analyse alltagsweltlicher Raumphänomene. In Brenneis, A., Honer, O., Keesser, S., Ripper, A., & Vetter-Schultheiß, S. (eds.), Technik–Macht–Raum. Das Topologische Manifest im Kontext interdisziplinärer Studien Wiesbaden: Springer VS, p. 207-227.

Löw, M. & Weidenhaus, G. (2017). Borders that relate: Conceptualizing boundaries in relational space. Current Sociology, 65(4), p. 553-557.

Stollmann, J. (2019). Coproduction and its Contestations. A Tour to the Monuments of Berlin-Kreuzberg. In Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (eds.), Shifting Panoramas Berlin: ifa, p. 12-15.

Stollmann, J., & Hasbun Chavarria, Y. (2018). Städtischen Akteur-Netzwerken folgen: Praktische, auf ANT basierende Werkzeuge. In Bock, C., Pappenberger, U., & Stollmann, J. (eds.), Das Kotti Prinzip Berlin: Ruby Press, p. 44-52.

Stollmann, J., Wolf, K., Brück, A., Frank, S, Million, A., Misselwitz, P., Schlaack, J., & Schröder, C. (eds.). (2016). Beware of Smart People. Redefining the Smart City Paradigm towards Inclusive Urbanism. Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin.

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