Real Smart Cities (ReaLsMs), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action funded research project, has published a special edition of the Journal Ethics and Politics entitled 'Guayaquil Archipelago: the epistemological steps towards a Real Smart City'.
Coordinated by TU Dublin, the overarching objective of the ReaLsMS project is to develop and implement a critical perspective on the Smart City and Smart City discourses through critical humanities research and innovation. The use of digital technology in the management of urban life is being celebrated through its potential for enhancement. However, underpinning ReaLsMs’ mission is the recognition that it is necessary to retain a space for critical engagement in conjunction with the incorporation of technological developments, especially as Smart Cities are transforming the rights and responsibilities of urban inhabitants.
These themes and more are explored in Guayaquil Archipelago: the epistemological steps towards a Real Smart City which builds on the work carried out by ReaLsMs in Guayaquil in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in July 2019. In addition, it sets out the next phase of the project which will explore the networking of ecological smart territories.
Contributors from TU Dublin, include Prof. John Kelleher, Dr Glenn Loughran and Dr Ester Toribio-Roura and the journal was co-edited by Prof. Noel Fitzpatrick of TU Dublin in conjunction with Dr Sara Baranzon and Dr Paolo Vignola of the University of the Arts in Guayaquil. Other contributors include Bernard Stiegler from the Institute Research and Innovation at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.