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Multispecies urbanism: future of inclusive smart city design 
Tanja Aal (University of Siegen)
Laura Scheepmaker (Saxion University of Applied Sciences)
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Konstantin Aal
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Exploring the intersection of digital innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability, this panel discusses designing inclusive smart cities. Using Science and Technology Studies insights, we'll study sociotechnical urban dynamics, emphasizing vulnerable groups, AI, robotics, and nature integration.

Long Abstract:

In the ever-evolving landscape of urban ecosystems, the importance of digital infrastructure has emerged as a critical component. Informed by insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS), we will focus on the concept of the smart city that harnesses digital innovation to improve efficiency and foster innovation. In the light of climate change and urbanization, pressure is put on the quality of life and wellbeing of citizens and forms a danger for the flora in cities, which amplifies the consequences of climate change. Hence, the inclusion of vulnerable human- and non-human actors becomes crucial in urban area transformation processes.

This panel aims to explore the numerous challenges and prospects associated with creating future cities that embody true inclusivity and do not reproduce social or economic biases. By broadening the scope of consideration, the panel places particular emphasis on addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, considering digital and non-digital innovation.

In this endeavour, the panel invites a diverse range of scholars to engage in critical discussions related to new methodologies and visions of what inclusive urban spaces might look like in the future and how they could be co-created with vulnerable target groups. Rooted in an STS perspective, the discussions will highlight the role of emerging technologies, such as AI and robotics, in shaping these environments. In addition, the dialogue will explore how displaced elements of nature, including animals and plants, can be reintegrated into urban environments.

The aim of the panel is to inspire actionable strategies by examining the intersection of technology, inclusivity and environmental stewardship and charting a course for urban development that is smart, compassionate and harmonious with the natural world. This multi-faceted approach, informed by STS, seeks to redefine urban spaces, transforming them into cohesive ecosystems where technology, humanity and nature coexist in balanced and sustainable synergy.

Accepted papers:

Session 1
Session 2