eTopia, SUD and ICTs: The Post-human Nature, Embedded Intelligence, Cyborg-self and Agency of Digitally-inclusive Regeneration Platforms

By Mark Deakin and Sam Allwinkle.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper carries out an extensive review of Mitchell’s (1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005) thesis on e-topia and finds it wanting. It highlights the tendency Mitchell has to side-step questions that are raised about the ecology and equity of sustainable urban development (SUD) and the use of ICTs which form the content of the thesis. The paper suggests the problem lies with the methodological gap the work leaves between the vision of e-topia and substantive insight the thesis offers into the ‘post-human’ ecology and equity of SUD. While problematic in itself, the paper suggests that if the difficulties experienced with this gap between vision and insight were only methodological they may perhaps be manageable, but the problem is they run much deeper than this and relate to more substantive issues which currently surround the post-human nature of SUD, the use of ICTs as the embedded intelligence of the cyborg-self and agency of the digitally-inclusive regeneration platforms e-topia rests on.

Keywords: e-topia,, Sustainable Urban Development, Information and Communication Technologies, Post-human Nature, Intelligence, Cyborg-self, Agency, Digitally-inclusive Regeneration Platforms, Low Income Communities

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.199-208. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 528.467KB).

Prof. Mark Deakin

Senior Lecturer - Built Environment, Director of the Centre for Learning Communities, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Director of the Centre for Learning Communities, responsible for research and technical development

Sam Allwinkle

Director - Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Learning, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Head of LifeLong Learning at Napier University, Edinburgh UK, responsible for academic enterprise, research and technical development, capacity building and knowledge transfer

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