Future heritage of smart cities

  • Nagenborg, M. H. (Participant)
  • Weber, A. (Participant)
  • Yashar Saghai (Participant)
  • Sanna Lehtinen (Participant)
  • Delfina Fantini van Ditmar (Participant)

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Smart city technologies raise some interesting questions regarding the work of future histories and in view of cultural heritage preservation. One may ask, what will be happening with smart city technologies (successful or not) in the future? What needs to be preserved and how much afford can be justified? Think of smart city technologies as future vintage computing. How long can we have the contemporary computer-based technologies running? 10 years from now? 100 years from now? When is a technology considered to be outdated? Do we actually want current urban intervention to be preserved? Or are these technologies meant to fade away? Furthermore, do smart city technologies have to be preserved in the original location – or can we put them on display in a museum or elsewhere?
Period2 Jul 2021
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Smart City
  • heritage
  • Ethics
  • Politics
  • sustainability
  • History of technology