Co-Creating “Smart” Sustainable Food Futures with Urban Food Growers

Sara Heitlinger, Rachel Clarke, Adrian Clear, Simran Chopra, Ozge Dilaver

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The futuristic visions, infrastructures, and developments of smart cities continue to gather pace around the world, with municipal authorities and businesses in the UK investing increasing amounts of resources into their manifestation. At the same time local communities continue to be hard hit by austerity, with more local services being affected by government cuts, with the North-East of England being particularly affected. In this paper we report on a case study that aimed to explore how the top-down, technocentric, and corporate visions of smart cities stand in contrast to the reality of grassroots communities who are dealing with the consequences of austerity. Our case study focuses on a community of urban food growers. We describe our speculative and participatory approach that we devised for co-designing “smart” urban food-growing futures from the bottom-up with local residents in a deprived neighbourhood of Newcastle upon Tyne, and reflect on how they elicited realities and future visions that stand as a counterpoint to the corporate visions of future cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities (C&T 2019)
EditorsFlorian Cech, Hilda Tellioglu
Place of PublicationNew York, US
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450371629
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019
EventThe 9th International Conference on C&T - Transforming Communities - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceThe 9th International Conference on C&T - Transforming Communities


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