Avoiding the zombie city algorithm
If we approach cities as if all they require are software products to be activated to a new life as smart cities, all we will be doing is paying rent for server stacks for data warehousing
Social scientists and planners have been asking for granulated data for a long time. Clunky, outdated data preserved in outmoded formats makes Indian urbanization one of the most opaque processes in the world. Yet, at a time when new data technologies and new promises of openness are in the air, social scientists and planners appear to be wary. They seem to think that urban life is up in the air like never before. Corporate and political bluster aside, Indian city managers apprehend heightened uncertainties like never before. What explains this dissonance? What do we need to do create a robust urban imagination?