Autonomy in the smart city

Workshop Agenda
Federal University of Minais Geras, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1sth – 3rd December 2016

This is the 2nd Workshop in the AHRC Network ‘Whose Right to the Smart City’. The Brazilian workshop will focus on the concept of ‘autonomy’ and the role that people can play in producing their own community. This will address the ‘potential of ICT for their autonomous actions on space: on collaboratively creating a space as they occupy it using digital technology’ (Baltazar 2010). The workshop will involve invited participants (academics and key stakeholders involved in local public sector or third sector initiatives) in addition to the PI, CI and network partners. This will inform the development of a shared understanding of different features that either constrain or empower communities to achieve their autonomy in the context of the Smart City in Brazil. During the workshop we will visit Vila das Antenas, a favela in Belo Horizonte to improve the mapping tools we started to develop in India.
Language: English and Portuguese

Objectives of the workshop
This meeting of the network aims to advance the discussions of both technologies and urban planning in the direction of increasing the autonomy of citizens, since what is happening in most “smart” cities is a retrocession of citizen engagement in decision-making processes. A seminar is designed for participants to highlight issues that are important to the technological and urban development of cities (which will be contrasted against what is being done in the so called smart cities) and not to focus on smart city projects as such.

Venue: School of Architecture, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Day One (01/12/2106)
Mapping/data gathering in Vila das Antenas, Favela, Belo Horizonte

Day Two (02/12/2016) – Seminar
8.00-8.30 Arrival and coffee
Session topic: Framing the subject
8.30-8.50 Katharine Willis – Introduction to AHRC network
8.50 -9.10 Satyarupa Shekhar – Overview and outcomes of India Workshop
9.10-9.40 Américo Bernardes – Smart Cities Programme Brazil
9.40-10.10 Ana Baltazar – Autonomy in the smart city – what does it mean?
Lorena Melgaco – Introduction to autonomy in the smart city Brazil context
10.00-10.15 Discussion
10.15-10.30 Coffee break

Session Topic: Autonomy in the production of the (smart) city – technological approaches
10.30-11.00 – Rafael Lemieszek (open source city)
11.00-11.30 – José Cabral (cybernetics)
11.30-12.00 – Sérgio Martins (critique of the cybernetization of the city and society)

12.00-12.30 Discussion
12.30-14.00 Lunch

Session Topic: Perspectives of autonomy in planning
14.00-14.30 – Jupira Goems de Mendonça (planning in different municipalities)
14.30-15.00 – Roberto Luis Monte-Mór (participatory process in the RMBH plan)
15.00-15.30 – Silke Kapp (technical advisory and autonomy)
15.30-16.00 – Heloisa Moura (AUÊ – Urban Agriculture)
16.00-16.30 Discussion/Coffee break

Session Topic: Perspectives of autonomy in communities
16.30-17.00 – Group History under Construction at Vila das Antenas (the case of autnomy in Vila das Antenas)
17.00-17.30 – Paulo Silva (self-organisation: the Portuguese planning response to informal settlements)

Discussion session
17.30-19.00 What are the features/strategies/tools needed for autonomy in smart cities?
– How to increase possibilities for political transformation with the smart city agenda?
– What are the tools needed for marginalized communtiies to empower themselves with smart city technologies/infrastructure?

Day Three (03/12/2016)
9.30 – 10.30 : Outcomes
10.30 – 13.00 Developing the topic and content of a co-authored journal paper
13.00-14.00 lunch
14.00-14.30 Preparation of Report from workshop – materials/content/coordination
14.30-15.00 Planning for next workshop/final symposium

Network Partners:
Katharine Willis, Plymouth University
Ava Fatah, UCL
Ana Baltazar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Satyarupa Shekhar, CAG, India

Invited partners confirmed:
Américo Bernardes (Secretary of Digital Inclusion – Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication)
History under Construction – a group from Vila das Antenas (Belo Horizonte)
Sérgio Martins (Geographer and lecturer at UFMG)
Heloisa Moura (Urban planner and lecturer working at the department of Geography with urban agriculture at UFMG)
Jupira Gomes de Mendonça (urban planner and lecturer at UFMG)
Roberto Monte-Mór (Economist, urban planner and lecturer at UFMG)
Silke Kapp (architect and urban planner and lecturer at UFMG – MOM)
José Cabral (Architect and lecturer at UFMG – Lagear) –
• Rafael Lemieszek (architect and urban planner working with parametric technologies and GIS)
Paulo Silva (Department of social, political and territorial sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Member of AESOP)