Smart Cities and Why We Should Get Lost

Professor Marcus Foth on Smart Cities and Why We Should Get Lost. A podcast with Sam Buckby.

Smart Cities is a term that’s getting used a lot these days. But when you stop and think about it, what does it really mean. Well, as you’ll soon discover, it’s probably not what you think.

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Some people know a little about a lot, some know a lot about a little, but guest on this episode of Spaces, Professor Marcus Foth, knows a lot about a lot. Professor Marcus works in the field of urban informatics, more commonly known as smart cities, at QUT in Brisbane.

As you’ll hear in this episode, Marcus is really at the forefront of defining what smart cities are and what they will be in the future. It’s a big and fascinating subject that has the potential to dramatically affect how we live in cities and as communities. Get set for some serious thinking in this information packed conversation.

Here are some of places we visit on this mental journey:

  • How you become a professor of urban informatics
  • Smart Cities – what they are and what they aren’t
  • The new digital definition of community
  • Why geographically close communities still matter to us
  • A look at the next wave of human-centric smart cities
  • Unpacking the idea of software sorted cities
  • The problems with current smart cities thinking
  • Why it’s important we don’t create ‘unplaces’
  • Why we should design smart cities for getting lost
  • A look into the crystal ball and why we may all end up living under water

Podcast link: Professor Marcus Foth on Smart Cities and Why We Should Get Lost

Sam Buckby is the owner, founder and creative mind behind Smarter Buildings. Sam’s Podcast, Spaces with Sam Buckby, focuses on current industry trends, what makes a space ‘inspirational’, and why inspired designers, architects and builders create what they create.

  • Prof Marcus Foth

    Areas of interest: Urban Informatics, More-than-Human Futures, Media Architecture, Interaction Design, and Participatory Design

    Marcus Foth is a Professor of Urban Informatics in the School of Design and a Chief Investigator in the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), Faculty of Creative Industries, Education, and Social Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He is a founding member of the More-than-Human Futures research group. Marcus’ research brings together people, place,...

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