Refleksioner over urban computing og borgerinddragelse

Seva Grigoraki

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In this thesis I investigate how subjective truths and realities about the field of urban computing and citizen
participation reveal themselves through stories told by practitioners in the realm of urban planning. This being
representatives of the municipality (Borgerservice, Aarhus), private sector (arki_lab) and a citizen grassroot
organization (OK Lab). With these truths and realities revealed I seek to place these findings in the context
within the development of a democratic and human value based urban space.
Today our urban space is seamlessly being filled with technology that will impact how citizens will experience
and use this urban space in the future. 5G is on the verge of roll out with 1000 of new sensors being deployed
in the city space, our use of public transportation is being aggregated in a huge digital database and surveillance
technologies are as normal as traffic lights. However, it cannot be predicted how this technology driven
approach will impact on our later society and future generations. This space of common ownership is within
the field of urban computing, or in buzz word terminology smart city, today mainly being utilized for business
profits and ambiguous municipality tasks and planning when looking from a citizen perspective. The Law of
Planning in Denmark obligates city planners to apply a citizen participatory approach to urban planning.
However the field of urban computing is not included in this law, making it a highly relevant and necessary
dimension of urban planning to investigate with the risk of losing a more direct human value based digital
urban space.
The findings of this thesis show that all actors consider it of great importance to apply a democratic and human
value based approach. However when it comes to the actual practice of citizen participation within urban
computing only the grassroot organization OK Lab apply a truly citizen value based approach. Both
Borgerservice and arki_lab are “only” able to apply a participation through technology approach. This being
done on the basis of truths that technology does “something in itself” and that citizens without a somewhat
professional skillset within technology, computing and/or programming are uncapable of participating in the
actual development and integration of urban computing into the city space.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jun. 2019
Antal sider79
VejledereLasse Martin Koefoed


  • urban computing
  • borgerinddragelse
  • urban planning
  • smart cities
  • teknologidreven
  • LoRa WAN
  • praktiker
  • fortællinger
  • citizen participation
  • citizen engagement
  • city planning
  • democracy
  • design process