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From Smart to Cognitive Cities: Intelligence and Urban Utopias

The article   “From Smart to Cognitive Cities: Intelligence and Urban Utopias ‘  by A. Psaltoglou was published in the 11th issue of  Archidoct and discusses the relation between human intelligence and cities. Through briefly describing human intelligence and utopian thinking, it critically presents two current urban utopias, Smart and Cognitive cities and explores the role of technology as well as the concept of intelligence in both cases.


Recent approaches in human intelligence have provided us with a broader understanding about its multiplicity and its dynamic nature. The human capacity to imagine beyond the existing has led to the creation of utopias as a way to fantasize about future societies and future cities. The current article explores how the concept of human intelligence is reflected in urban utopias. More specifically, it focuses on two current urban utopias, which are the predominant urban visions for the digital era: Smart and Cognitive cities.
The vision of smart cities, grounded in the intensive use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for the sustainable development of cities, gained a lot of popularity and a wide range of smart city initiatives have been implemented across the world. Apart from the criticism for the technological determinism of smart cities and for endorsing a corporate vision of cities, it is argued that the dominant approach of smart cities consider intelligence as a mainly technological function. Based on advances in cognitive computing, cognitive cities expand the concept of smart cities through the introduction of cognition and learning. The article concludes with some thoughts on intelligence and the function of utopian thinking, and underlines the role of technology as one among many interrelated elements that compose our cities.

About archi-DOCT

The European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture-ENHSA, an EU funded Network in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme has initiated the Archidoct e-journal, linked to and complementary with the ENHSA Observatory (EODRA). Archidoct is a peer-reviewed e-journal aiming at fostering, enhancing and promoting doctoral research in architecture.

Table of Contents

A Good Practice Example:

  • Architectures Of Intelligence In Smart Cities: Pathways To Problem-Solving And Innovation
    Nicos Komninos


  • Machine Learning As Enabler Of Design-To-Robotic-Operation
    Alexander Liu Cheng
  • From Smart Cities To Playable Cities. Towards Playful Intelligence In The Urban Environment
    Valerio Perna
  • Automated Robotic Toolpath Generation Of Elastic Mesh Structure An Additive Waving Techniques For Form-Finding, Moga Optimisation, And Robotic Fabrication
    George Tryfonos
  • Premises For A Theory Of Architectural Intelligence; A Discourse About Relevance
    Andreea Movila
  • From Smart to Cognitive Cities: Intelligence and Urban Utopias
    Artemis Psaltoglou

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