Imagine never having to look for a parking space ever again. Imagine that from here on out, this problem is solved. Fast-forward to 2025.
Urban infrastructures are increasingly being equipped with sensors and other means of collecting information and channeling our everyday actions, from energy use to parking patterns, into software and networks that analyze data and act upon it. Cities--and communities-- are becoming “smarter” as “the internet of things” evolves. What this means is that more and more people and things, including parking spaces are becoming connected, allowing for better prediction models of traffic and energy usage thanks to real-time data flows, leading to better awareness of current resource statuses and more practical matters such as more dependable payment mechanisms.
Hong Kong has experienced its slowest decadal growth in at least 70 years, according to the results of the recently released 2011 census. Between 2001 and 2011, Hong Kong added only 5.4 percent to its population, a decline of more than two-thirds from its 1991-2001 rate. Hong Kong's slowest growth rate since 1921-1931 was between 1981 and 1991, when 13.8 percent was added to its population. In previous decades growth had been much greater (Figure 1).
New Dissertation: The city as interface. Digital media and the urban public sphere The main concern of this study is the future of the urban public sphere. It investigates various scenarios that... (RT @enablingcity: The city as interface.
Throughout history, human civilizations have been guided by interpretations of the cosmic order. Our ancestors observed patterns in nature that profoundly influenced their beliefs and behaviors, enabling them to anticipate and synchronize with the cycles of life. By paying close attention to the world around them, countless generations developed reciprocal relationships with environments that enabled them to survive and thrive.
Today, modern technologies enable us to manipulate our surroundings in extraordinary ways. Yet they also isolate us, encouraging us to take the life-sustaining systems of our home planet for granted as endlessly exploitable resources and economic externalities. As specialized sciences increasingly seek to reduce existence to its component parts, the universe has seemingly been diminished to little more than physical properties, isolated interactions, and mathematical laws.
A territorial network can work at different scales and contexts. This is the case of Dafen, a village on the outskirts of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Through the essay by Jiang Jun, the diagrams by Underline Office, and the images of photographer Haibo Yu we understand the territorial strategy and building network of this town known for its replication of masterpieces and popular oil paintings.
Greenfield explained that in the 20th century Optimum Control Theory became the way people planned cities: one ideal answer for a problem. He was critical of the Smart City solutions offered by tech giants such as IBM and ...
On stage at last month's Le Web conference Shervin Pishevar, a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, stated "The World is a Startup." It's an interesting perspective and I think what's true for the world is also true for countries, states and cities.
“The aim of the first symposium on computation for sustainable architecture and urbanism is to discuss information-based approaches that augment design processes and decisions towards sustainable buildings and cities. To increase the impact it is important to develop methods and strategies that go beyond mere imagery, to identify fields where information technologies can contribute towards a more sustainable building stock.”
Code/Space research is examining the new spatialities and new modes of (spatial) governance and empowerment enabled by the development and adoption of software through an exploration of the dyadic relationship between software and space; how the production of space is increasingly reliant on code, and code is written to produce space. In so doing, we are developing a set of conceptual tools for identifying and understanding these relationships, illustrating our arguments through rich, contemporary empirical material relating to different spatial spheres and everyday activities (travel, home, work, consumption). The principal concepts we detail are transduction and automated management. Through the concept of transduction we theorise space and spatialities as ontogenetic in nature, as constantly in a state of becoming. Software, through its technicity – its ability to do work in the world - transduces space; enables space to unfold in multifarious ways. We formulate the concept of automated management to think through the various ways that new software systems survey, capture and process information about people and things in automatic ways and make judgements algorithmically without human scrutiny.
The cover package of this week’s TIME—which should still be on newsstands—detailed the 10 ideas that are changing your life. What kind of ideas, you ask? Well there’s the living alone as the new norm—which I totally get, having mostly lived alone since graduating school, and almost always by choice. There’s the rise of the nones, those Americans who have spiritual inclinations but refuse to belong any specific religious denomination. (I get that, too, as a lapsed Catholic who just read The Posture of Meditation and ordered a yoga cushion off Amazon Prime.) There’s one about food that can last forever, while still tasting good. (For what it’s worth, I have Thai takeout chicken curry in my refrigerator that dates back to the summer.) And there’s black irony, which is different—but not that different—from black comedy.
Design Scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry's presentation 'Building a Bionic City: Future Science Fact or Science Fiction?', for the CPD CIOB sponsored event at the THINKlab at the School of the Built Environment at University of Salford, February 9 2012.
EVRYTHNG is a software engine for creating Active Digital Identities. These are unique online profiles for products and other objects to make them part of the Web. Now every physical thing can be digitally connected.
PhysOrg.comNew map of the universe reveals its history for the past six-billion yearsPhysOrg.com"We have to carefully consider what that means, to make sure that we don't mistake an accident of our Earthbound view for the true structure of the universe."...
From Emergence, by Steven Johnson A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in an event called the “North House Salon” (see previous entry: Passport Control to Pimlico). These salons are organised by Dr Sarah Caddick, neuroscience...