The Bartlett School of Architecture


Whose right to the Smart City? Conference and workshops

10 September 2017–11 September 2017, 9:30 am–7:00 pm

Street scene in Chenai, India

A joint conference organised by Plymouth University (project leader) and The Bartlett School of Architecture.

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Plymouth University and The Bartlett School of Architecture


Roland Levinsky Building, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

Whose right to the Smart City?

The conference will critically address the smart city agenda and investigate the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in marginalised communities at a range of global contexts.

Taking the right to the city as a framework, the symposium investigates the question ‘Whose right to the (Smart) City’? It addresses a gap in current knowledge exchange and seeks to redress the balance of focus from the existing highly urbanised, first-world contexts to concentrate on more marginalised urban communities and people-centred urban change in relation to ICTs.

The conference will examine how and why cities and people are shaping technologies to suit their needs and the role of civic inclusiveness in this process, and will draw on knowledge and perspectives from marginalised city contexts at a range of geographical levels including developing world countries.



  • architecture
  • urban planning
  • urban studies and ubiquitous computing
  • urban policy

We welcome contributions from academics, city governance, NGOs, community groups and industry experts.

The conference will be co-located with Data AcheThe 21st International Conference on the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA).


Sunday 10 September: doctoral session/data workshop/conference papers
Monday 11 September: main conference papers, network outcomes


Submissions are invited to one of the following tracks:

  • conference papers
  • doctoral session (for PhD students)
  • open-data workshop

Please send a 500-word abstract together with a 200-word bio to: whosesmartcity@plymouth.ac.uk
Please indicate if you are submitting for main conference session, workshop or doctoral session.
Deadline: 30 June 2017

Conference organisers

Katharine Willis (Plymouth University) Ava Fatah (UCL), Satyarupa Shekar (CAG), Ana Paula Baltazar (UFMG)

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