Project lead Gillian Rose is doing a number of talks in May and June about smart cities and how they're visualised. Digital images are everywhere in smart cities. You can see them in smart policy documents and vision statements, as data analytics and dashboards, as advertisements and app interfaces, at hackathons and expos and as part of smart cities' engagements with mass and social media. There are a range of different types of visualisations, from the photo real cityscapes of imagined places of the future to animated infographics which represent data visually.
Gillian has started to examine the ways in which big corporations like IBM, Cisco and Siemens visualise smart cities in their promotional materials on social media. Alongside this research, she is leading a work package in SCiM-MK to investigate how this takes place in Milton Keynes.
On 10 May she gave a keynote lecture at the Geomedia conference at the University of Karlstad in Sweden exploring how smart cities appear in the images embedded in smart city tweets. On 2 June she'll be at a conference on urban technologies and redevelopment at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, talking about how smart city corporations envisage the future smart city. And on 10 June she'll be at University College Cork in Ireland, at a conference on bodies and the city, giving a keynote lecture on how those promotional materials visualise the people that inhabit smart cities.
One of the SCiM work packages will be looking at the much wider range of images that are part of various smart activities in Milton Keynes. If you have any thoughts on any smart images that you've seen, please get in touch with Gillian on twitter (@profgillian) or by contacting her through this website.