Smart City Region

Gauteng City-Region Observatory

Project lead

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A primary focus of the GCRO is to present complex research into easily accessible infographics, interactive websites, and maps. As such, the GCRO has developed a wide range of websites and interactive tools. In 2015 I curated an exhibition and symposium that brought this work together into a single space within the critical debates regarding ‘smart city’ approaches.

The event was a catalyst for a new research trajectory on ‘Smart Cities’ for the GCRO. Hosted as part of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2015, the event was held within University of the Witwatersrand’s new high-tech Tshimologong Precinct.

A symposium on ‘Smart Cities’ preceded the exhibition and celebrated the launch of new online and interactive GCRO products. These included a new GCRO website, a new GCRO identity, a new GIS website, a new Ward Profile Viewer, new GCRO data on ESRI’s Urban Observatory website, and the public showcasing of four interactive data visualisations produced by students from the Wits Digital Arts Division in partnership with the GCRO.