Networked Urbanism: Definition, Scholarship, Directions

T. F. Tierney

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The integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) within urban environments is increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers. There is little consensus, however, of what the theory and practice of networked urbanism means, how it operates, or what its implications are for society. In this foundational essay, a concise definition is offered, followed by an examination of existing scholarship including a discussion of key changes and developments. A comprehensive theoretical framework is set forth—one that conceptualizes the production and algorithmic regulation of cities as spaces of contestation and creativity, such that the inevitable risks from an overly technological approach can be discerned. Because networked urbanism is considered a contextualized interplay among citizens, technologies, resources, and policymaking, a truly networked city needs to be approached holistically. Paying attention to these conditions not only allows for a more nuanced understanding of networked urbanism, but it also opens up possibilities for broader civic participation in decision-making processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture
EditorsSwati Chattopadhyay, Jeremy White
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781317422662
ISBN (Print)9781138917569
StatePublished - Aug 15 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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