A Research Project on Time, Networked urban infrastructures, and The new climatic regime

Climate change is a more than natural and more than human issue. It calls for a compelling effort to cut CO2 emissions and re-think economic growth as well as to establish a new relationship with the world and find a common ground for species and things, a new ecology for the Earth. With this purpose, a transdisciplinary community of researchers, scholars, artists, and concerned groups started to address climate change as a new regime that includes the combined actions of politics, sciences, cultures, technologies, markets at different scale. The new climatic regime comes with a new definition of what is global and what is local, what is the past, the present, and the future to be shaped. Infrastructuring Time In Smart Urbanism And Urban Transitions (INFRATIME) explores the new regime focusing on the interactions between urban and climate transformations, especially looking at their infrastructural and time interference. The research aims to understand the combined temporality and rhythm of urban transitions and smart urbanism, their organizational and socio-technical aspects, so as to offer insights to entrain urban transformations with viable, just and sustainable futures. INFRATIME is funded under the European Union MSCA-IF-GF Call (Grant Agreement No. 892522), hosted by the University Of Bologna (IT) – Dept. of Philosophy and Communication Studies in partnership with the University Of Tokyo (JP), Dept. of Urban Engineering. Read more >

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Cities are required to respond to climate change challenges by ensuring sustainable use of resources and adopting long-term policies to mitigate global warming. Current networked data infrastructures facilitate the daily management and meet climate goals. However, the finding of recent research reveals that these infrastructures are not able to block irreversible damage from climate change, and that climate plans must be revised and sustainability targets subjected to new scenarios.


How Is Time Inscribed In And Performed By Rolled-Out Data Infrastructures For Managing Urban Systems?

How Are Urban Futures Operationalized In Urban Experimentations? How Does The Climate Change Agenda Interact With Such Temporalities?

How Do The Urban Futures And The Climate Change Agenda Translate Into, Shape And Interact With The Actual Institutional Processes And Networked Data Infrastructures For Urban Management?