Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Architecture_Media Politics Society Journal has published Tierney’s paper, Toronto’s Smart City: Everyday Life or Google Life?, edited by Graham Cairns of Columbia University.  Tierney takes a close look at the recent history of smart cities and their resultant entanglement with information capitalism, data collection, and data privacy.

The paper examines The City of Toronto’s recent award to Sidewalk Lab [nee Google] for design services, which has sparked a heated controversy among urban planners and citizens alike. Toronto’s decision not only signals a different model of professional practice, but it also represents a conceptual shift away from citizen toward urban consumer. By engaging a private technology company, one that passively captures data on its customers and then re-sales that data to third parties, Toronto’s smart city points to a significant change in the understanding and practice of contemporary urban planning and design.

Architecture_MPS is a peer-reviewed open access journal that aims to address the growing interest in the social and political interpretation of the built environment from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It publishes high-profile academics and emerging voices, including notable international figures such as Noam Chomsky and Kenneth Frampton. By linking its publications with a range of research programs and conferences, the journal further raises awareness of the social importance of architecture.  Read more about AMPS by visiting