Towards Post-Anthropocentric Cities: Reconceptualizing Smart Cities to Evade Urban Ecocide

Tan Yigitcanlar, Marcus Foth, Md Kamruzzaman

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This short piece acts as a coda to this journal’s special issue on “Smart Cities and Innovative Technologies.” First, it provides a retrospective view of the origins of the smart city concept. The paper, secondly, presents the most recent perspectives on the new interpretations of the smart city notion. It then provides a commentary on the potential directions for a better reconceptualization of smart cities to evade a most likely urban ecocide. Lastly, the short communication concludes by asking two critical questions: (a) Will urban scholars, planners, designers, and activists be able to convince urban policymakers and the general public of the need for a post-anthropocentric urban turnaround? (b) How do the public, private, and academic sectors along with communities pave the way for post-anthropocentric cities and more-than-human futures?.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urban Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Intelligent city
  • more-than-human city
  • post-anthropocentric city
  • responsive city
  • smart city
  • sustainable urban development
  • urban informatics

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