Smartypants cities

citizen design

Notes towards the ubiquitous monitoring and automating of our built environment. The Internet of Big Things.

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  • Shannon Mattern, A City Is Not a Computer:

    “What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. (Hecklers on Twitter had a few ideas, like “fish tacos” and “pez dispensers.”)

  • Michael Batty’s vision at first glance is kind of capital-friendly techno-utopianism, which rings weird in my ears. I’m sure billion dollar oligopolist public-private-partnerships developments don’t need any extra cheerleading as they already have departments who are perfectly capable. But that is a perhaps necessary marketing strategy for urbanists in 21st century London, And some of the excesses of corporate smartcityland are refuted if you read past the abstract (vacuous urban dashboards etc) He has some interesting mathematical models:

  • Adam Greenfield is the guy who calls out technocapitalist utopians and will hence not get you funded.

  • walkability versus cars


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