Thursday 22nd February Seminar: Professor Martin Tironi

Posted on February 19, 2018

The next Science of Cities Seminar will take place on Thursday 22nd February, at 4pm in room R0.03/4 Ramphal Building. Professor Martin Tironi, from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, will be discussing low-carbon districts cities, at the intersection of using smart devices and citizen participation.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. 

All are welcome to attend. 


Full Details: 

Title: Making a low-carbon district: tactical urbanism and participatory sensing in the “idiotic city”

Speaker: Professor Martin Tironi, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Details: Thursday 22nd February 2018, 4pm, room R0.03/4, Ramphal Building

Abstract: Urbanisation is increasing much more rapidly in the global South. Many cities still struggle to provide basic services for all citizens. The lecture will discuss the human interaction and improvement of sustainable urban development, with a case study in Santiago, Chile. The case “Shared Streets for a Low-Carbon District”, implemented by the NGO Ciudad Emergente, in September 2016, tried to encourage citizen participation to a more sustainable mobility. It demonstrated how new ways of understanding urban space using smart devices should be not separated from the emergence of so-called “idiotic data”.

This talk will include theoretical discussion in relation to Smart Cities, the “experimental” and “citizen” dimensions of Smart Cities: STS perspective in participation (Marres, 2012), interventions of co-creation, inspired by tactical and prototype urbanism, peer-to-peer and do-it-yourself culture, and the notion of the “idiotic city”.

About the Speaker: Martín Tironi is an Associate Professor, School of Design at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He holds a PhD from Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI), École des Mines de Paris, where he also completed his post-doctorate studies. He received his Master’s degree in Sociology at the Université Paris Sorbonne V and his BA in Sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is currently involved in a 3-year research project (FONDECYT) about algorithmic governance, titled “Datafication of urban environments and individuals: analyzing the designs, practices and discourse around the generation of digital data in Chile”. His research interests include urban and digital infrastructure, urban mobility, critical data studies, design anthropology and maintenance /repair studies.


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