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More Than Smart, Beyond Resilient: Networking Communities for Antifragile Cities

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ACM Press, New York


The discourse about smart cities has recently evolved to include the particular notion of resilient cities: those enacting a series of processes -- often employing digital technologies -- towards aspirational standards of urban areas more robust and tolerant to potential accidents and a range of unforeseen issues. In this paper, I consider the particular niche of emergency situations, and focus in the Asia-Pacific region as a case study, given its continuous exposure to large scale natural shocks. I discuss mechanisms adopted by different cities, and classify their use of digital technologies along a continuum between fragility to stressors, at one end, and promoting antifragility, at the other. Through the analysis of those examples, I argue for design guidelines that promote urban antifragility by developing middle-out networks of support within and between communities, able not only to be well prepared for emergency scenarios, but also to grow more resilient with them.


Hespanhol, Luke (2017): More Than Smart, Beyond Resilient: Networking Communities for Antifragile Cities. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. DOI: 10.1145/3083671.3083683. ACM Press, New York. ISBN: 978-1-4503-4854-6. pp. 105-114. Long Papers. Troyes, France. June 26-30, 2017