Aesthetic Perspectives to Urban Technologies – Conceptualizing and Evaluating the Technology-Driven Changes in the Urban Everyday Experience

Sanna Lehtinen
University of Helsinki
The pervasiveness of technology has undeniably changed the way the urban everyday is structured and experienced. Understanding the deep impact of this development on the everyday experience and its foundational aesthetic components is needed in order to determine how the skills and capacities to cope with the change, as well as to steer it, can be improved. 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 to understand 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.
Keywords Urban aesthetics  Everyday experience  Urban lifeworld  Urban technologies  Wayfinding  Affordance
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