Challenges for the future of smart cities from a gender perspective

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The finding, on the one hand, that the future of cities will have important social and economic consequences due to an urban design implemented by information and communication technologies and, on the other hand, the gender perspective as the principle chosen to support social and economic progress based on equality in Europe (Horizon 2020, article 15), prompts us to propose a study that integrates a gender analysis and research around parameters and variables of the innovative design of the city's public space. The question about the ways in which the genre of the subject modifies the conceptions and representations of (public) space is an indispensable question. In a previous publication me made reference to the more performative and interactive feminine behaviour in comparison with the typical ontological metaphysics of the masculine "fact" and the authorship (Trachana, 2012: 121-122) The current work of the woman is diluted in the family, in the group. Its essential condition is that of an off-centered subject, of an extended body, of "being" in front of the central myths, of "the action that resists acts" (Agamben, 1998). The performative behavior is closer to manual craft than to scientific attitude, and is imbued in the action-reaction time, in everyday life within a given context where implication and commitment acquire an important dimension. The ways to interpret space and to create relationships in space are, consequently, a subjective and critical positioning. Their way to act, we maintain, is through an instinctive knowledge. This implies an awareness of the environment in which sensations and reflections, images and concepts can be correlated. It is a kind of biological and anthropological knowledge, which involves the senses, desires and physical limitations. This type of experience of the reality constitutes a cognitive state much more complex than rationalism, than the dominant capitalist and masculine thought.
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