Smart Cities in Canada: Digital Dreams, Corporate Designs

Independent Experts Analyze Often-Controversial Schemes from Nunavut to Montreal to Toronto's Failed Sidewalk Labs Waterfront Scheme

Mariana Valverde

Experts from across the country investigate the "smart city" trend in urban planning as it is showing up in different Canadian municipalities.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Lorimer
Editor :
Mariana Valverde, Alexandra Flynn
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781459415447
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$22.95

Overview
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"Smart cities" use surveillance, big data processing and interactive technologies to reshape urban life. Transit riders can see the bus coming on a map on their phones. Cities can measure and analyze the garbage collected from every household. Businesses can track individuals' movements and precisely target advertisements.

Google's failed Sidewalk Labs proposal in Toronto, which drew sharp criticism over surveillance and privacy concerns, is just one of the many smart city projects which have been proposed or are underway in Canada. Iqaluit, Edmonton, Guelph, Montreal, Toronto and other cities and towns are all grappling with how to use these technologies. Some cities have quickly partnered with digital giants like Uber, Bell and IBM. Others have kept their distance. Big tech companies are hard at work recruiting customers and shaping – sometimes making – public policy on data collection and privacy.

Smart Cities for Canada: Promise and Perils is the first book on smart cities in Canada. In this collection, experts from across the country investigate what this new approach means for the problems cities face, and expose the larger issues about urban planning and democracy raised by smart city technology. This is a valuable, timely, independent‐minded book for Canadians.

About The Author
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MARIANA VALVERDE is a Professor in the University of Toronto Centre for Criminology - Socioecology Studies. She has written several books about law and urban governance and is currently researching smart cities and public-private partnerships. Professor Valverde lives in Toronto.

ALEXANDRA FLYNN is an Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, specializing in municipal law and governance. Her current research project focuses on Indigenous-municipal relationships in the land use planning process, including in Nunavut. She lives in Vancouver.

MARIANA VALVERDE is a Professor in the University of Toronto Centre for Criminology - Socioecology Studies. She has written several books about law and urban governance and is currently researching smart cities and public-private partnerships. Professor Valverde lives in Toronto.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Contents

Introduction: Smart Cities in Canada

• Smart Cities as a Civic Leaders’ Survivor Game: The Lure of Innovation in a Competitive World

 

PART I: Sidewalk Labs: Google’s Failed Smart City Project in Toronto

• The Selling of Toronto’s Smart City

• (Pseudo-) Participation in Smart City Planning: Sidewalk Labs’ Fraught Toronto Fora

• Privatized Policymaking on Toronto’s Waterfront

• An Activist Perspective on the Sidewalk Project

• Was Sidewalk Toronto a PR Experiment or a Development Proposal?

 

PART II: Smart Cities Large and Small Around Canada

• Montreal: The Ambiguity of the Smart City

• Guelph and Wellington County’s Urban-Rural Smart City Project: Our Food Future

• Indigenous Exclusion and Access to the Internet: The Case of Nunavut

• Innisfil and Uber: A Rural Municipality’s Misadventures in Smart Public Transit

 

PART III: Public Push-Back Against Smart City Technologies

• Them’s the Brakes: Out “Smarting” Traffic Safety Efforts in Edmonton

• Fashion and Design in the Age of Digital Surveillance 

 

Acknowledgements

Contributors

Endnotes

Index

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