A City Worth Fighting For

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities

This lecture presented research undertaken as part of Adam Greenfield’s year-long fellowship at LSE Cities.

In Greenfield’s pamphlet ‘Against the smart city’, named one of Verso’s top books of 2013, Greenfield calls the predominating neoliberal vision of technologised urbanity into the sharpest question. In this new talk, he laid out the contours of a networked urbanism that responds to an entirely different set of prerogatives — one that is participatory, adaptive, inherently resilient, and just.


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    Adam Greenfield

    Previously a rock critic, bike messenger and psychological operations specialist in the US Army, Adam Greenfield spent over a decade working in the design and development of networked digital information technologies, as lead information architect for the Tokyo office of internet services consultancy Razorfish, independent user-experience designer and head of design direction for service and user-interface design at Nokia headquarters in Helsinki. Selected in 2013 as Senior Urban Fellow at the LSE Cities centre of the London School of Economics, Adam has also taught in New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Urban Design course at the Bartlett, University College London. His books include Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing (2006), Urban Computing and its Discontents (2007), and the #1 bestselling Against the Smart City (2013). He lives in London with his partner, the filmmaker Nurri Kim.

    Leo Hollis

    Senior Editor, Verso Books

    Judy Wajcman

    Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology. She joined the LSE as Head of the Sociology Department in 2009. She was previously Professor of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. She has held posts in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, Warwick and Zurich. She was formerly a Centennial Professor at the LSE, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Women in Business at London Business School.