Over the past few years, I’ve written many academic and personal essays. Whilst I enjoy the conversational format of blogs, essays offer a long-format opportunity to present some of my opinions and arguments related to architecture, urban design, technology and the intersection of the humanities and sciences. This page catalogues the essays I’ve selected to publish on Life in Pixels. Relevant references are provided at the end of each essay.

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A Humanist Approach to Smart Cities

The idea of Smart Cities has permeated global discourse around contemporary city design. However, its core goals of improving the lives of denizens has been obscured as technology companies seek to manipulate the term for marketing purposes. This essay argues for an alternative approach: a human-centric way of re-looking at the idea of the “smart city”, where technology and urban design can work together for the benefit of urban life.