In this essay, designer, future-caster and member of The State of Eindhoven's Smart Council, Anab Jain of Superflux examines the conditions required to help Eindhoven develop an alternative, social version of a smart city, including participatory design methods. 

I know I am running ahead of myself. The question is, how would this work? How would people actually participate and make their desires heard? How can such a project create a level playing field in which there is redistribution of power, where the citizens, government and tech companies work together? What is the appropriate function of such a participatory smart city project, and who should perform it, under what conditions and with what criteria?

I’m here to find out, and I can’t wait to get my hands dirty.

Anab Jain, 2015

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.