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Dream States wins inaugural Global Cities award!

Dream States wins inaugural Global Cities award!

By Coach House Date: September 21, 2023

We're excited to share that John Lorinc has won the inaugural Pattis Family Foundation Global Cities Book Award for his book, Dream States: Smart Cities, Technology, and the Pursuit of Urban Utopias! The winning author receives a $25,000 prize and will be honoured at the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities in Chicago this November.

"Dream States goes beyond the concept of a smart city as a utopia for tech companies and prepares us for the impact of technology on the city and residents. This book covers pressing, timely geopolitical issues affecting every city around the world. The book has global impact and can educate a general audience and practitioners. The jury is honored to give the award to a book that fits this moment in time so perfectly."

John Lorinc

John is also the author of The Ward and The Ward: Uncovered and is the editor of What We Talk About When We Talk About DumplingsHouse Divided, and Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer among others.


For more on Dream States, listen to John on CBC's Ideas with Nahlah Ayed. John discusses how nothing seems to make a city politician’s eyes light up like the promise of the smart city, whether smart technologies live up to the hype and whether, ultimately, smart cities serve the interests of city dwellers or big tech companies.