Replacing liberty with comfort: Rem Koolhaas on Smart Cities
There is no much to comment about the transcript of Koolhaas talk at the European Union (High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities) back in September. We really advise you to read it all (not too long, a A4 page) and after that let’s take it as a 2015 good proposition to be more aware that
We are fed cute icons of urban life, integrated with harmless devices, cohering into pleasant diagrams in which citizens and business are surrounded by more and more circles of service that create bubbles of control.
It is finally impossible to deny that we are going towards a society of control, where the ethic of WASTE, MISTAKES, FAILURE, TRANSGRESSION, which nonetheless are a fundamental part of nature itself (whatever “natural” might possibly mean) are being eliminated from every aspect of life or if they still are, they are probably stored in your mobile phone’s provider servers.
Being aware of all this is the minimum we can do.