Aesthetic Perspectives on Urban Technologies: Conceptualizing and Evaluating the Technology-Driven Changes in the Urban Everyday Experience

Sanna Tuulia Lehtinen, Vesa Johannes Vihanninjoki

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The pervasiveness of technology has changed the way urban everyday is structured and experienced. An understanding of the deep impact of this development on everyday experience and its foundational aesthetic components is necessary in order to determine how skills and capacities can be improved in coping with such change, as well as managing it. Urban technology solutions – how they are defined, applied and used – are changing the sphere of everyday experience for urban dwellers. Philosophical and applied approaches to urban aesthetics offer perspectives on understanding technologically mediated sensory experiences within the urban realm. This chapter shows how new urban technologies act as an agent of change within the familiar urban environment. We outline how the perspective of philosophical aesthetics can be used to understand urban technologies and their role in the constitution of everyday urban lifeworlds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology and the City: Towards a Philosophy of Urban Technologies
EditorsMichael Nagenborg, Margoth González Woge, Taylor Stone, Pieter Vermaas
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Publication dateJan 2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-52312-1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter
EventPhilosophy of the City Summer Colloquium 2018: Technology and the City - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Jun 201813 Jun 2018

Publication series

NamePhilosophy of Engineering and Technology

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy

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