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Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visible sites of Smart City experimentation. In response to
catastrophic natural disasters, calamitous traffic congestion, and urban health epidemics,
the Centro de Operações Rio (COR) was designed as a corrective tool and as a new
command and control hub that would allow the city to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Launched in 2010, COR now monitors its urban camera network and information sensors,
gauges optimal traffic patterns, determines landslide risk zones, predicts weather
disruptions and maps disease paths.
The exhibition shows Rio structured through COR’s control syntax and smart city command
processes. This syntax is assembled from seemingly banal if-then statements that become
surprisingly charged by their encounter with the political and circulatory life of the city.
Through COR, the exhibition sees traffic engineering as urban politics and as haunted by
potential catastrophe. The exhibition also understands COR as indicative of an important
new space of representation for the 21 st century city, and its emerging computational
Curated and designed by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta.
Presented by Storefront for Art and Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.