Anab Jain – designer, cofounder of Superflux and member of the advisory board of The State of Eindhoven – elaborates during a lecture for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) on how technology in the built environment can make cities more socially inclusive.  

In the Next Economy we are facing new, disruptive ‘smart’ technologies and it is not quite as self-evident as we seem to think that these will yield the best possible urban reality. Rapid technological developments are as yet based on an ‘extractive’ economic model: money is being earned in the city, but the money is not made by and for the city. It is high time for designers to attempt to raise the level of smart urban technology, to show how we can use new smart urban technologies thoughtfully to ensure that they are deployed for the good of the social agenda. How can we use technology to develop socially inclusive and environmentally sound urban economies? What are technologically smart applications and innovations thatdo add value to the urban environment from which they have evolved?

Anab Jain demonstrates how smart technologies (and the companies that produce them) are shaping our built environment. She discusses how urban design and architecture can contribute to re-imagining the role technology can play in making our cities more socially inclusive and sustainable.

Respondent for the lecture is Willem Schinkel, professor in Social Theory at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Admission to the lecture is free with a valid exhibition ticket. A reservation in advance is highly recommended. Language of the lecture is English.

More information about the lecture and the other activitities of the IABR 2016 can be found here.

In an essay for The State of Eindhoven Anab Jain examines the conditions required to help Eindhoven develop an alternative, social version of a smart city, including participatory design methods. 

The State of Eindhoven
Linda Vlassenrood

This project is part of the programme track Partner projects and the folder Research.

The multiyear cultural programme The State of Eindhoven)looks at the changing relationship between government and citizens and, specifically, Eindhoven’s twofold ambition of being a “smart city” in a participatory society.