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Imagining the city of the future has value. But leave whiz-bang tech out of it

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Imagining the city of the future has value. But leave whiz-bang tech out of it

Image: A vision of a future street by Eugène Hénard. [Image: Eugène Hénard/Wiki Commons]. Article by Nick Dunn and Paul Cureton. Republished by Fast Company under a Creative Commons license on 1-05-21. Article originally published in The Conversation. Read the original article.

Not every problem has a technological solution—especially where cities are concerned.

Imagining future cities has long been a favorite activity for architects, artists, and designers. Technology is often central in these schemes–it appears as a dynamic and seemingly unstoppable force, providing a neat solution to society’s problems.

But our recent research has suggested that we need to significantly rethink the way we imagine future cities, and move our focus from an overarching technological vision to other priorities, such as environmental sustainability and the need to tackle social inequalities. […]

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