What kind of urban future can we imagine where socio-institutional practices are symbiotic to technological instruments?
How can technology help to re-organize collective action in cities to address urgent socio-spatial problems?
We see two fundamental evolutions on the type of relation between technology and human action. On the one hand, ICTs are becoming unavoidable, or even driving tools in understanding, mapping and planning cities and regions. On the other hand, we see a relation of mutual interdependency between the social sphere and the technological sphere. In popular discourses these two trends tend to be commonly defined under the elusive and umbrella notions of smart cities, smart urbanism or smart communities. The Masterstudio 2017 will work on the political and institutional challenges of the consolidated symbiosis between social collectivities and technological innovation, with a particular look at its sociospatial expressions.