Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams.
Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly boasting about their pipe designs or subsurface drainage systems. By its very definition – the underlying structures that support our systems – infrastructure is inherently hidden from us, and therefore often overlooked. But without it our current cities couldn’t possibly exist. Without finding ways to improve it, our future cities will struggle to survive. ...
The prospects of utilizing big data sets originating from governmental agencies are growing by leaps and bounds, and providing tantalizing new possibilities for bolstering not only private profits, but the public good as well.
As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key...
Civil society typically lags in terms of technological development. On one level, the reason is obvious. Tech costs money. On a deeper level, the people who work in civil society are dedicating themselves to addressing immediate social problems, often in an environment of pervasive scarcity. It is hard to explore, play with and wax expansive with technology when other issues seem overwhelming. ...
One of the defining tensions throughout the development of cities has been between our desire for quality of life and our need to move ourselves and the things we depend on around.
The former requires space, peace, and safety in which to work, exercise, relax and socialise; the latter requires transport systems which, since the use of horsedrawn transport in medieval cities, have taken up space, created noise and pollution – and are often dangerous. Enrique Penalosa, whose mayorship of Bogota was defined by restricting the use of car transport, often refers to the tens of thousands of children killed by cars on the world’s roads every year and his astonishment that we accept this as the cost of convenient transport.
This tension will intensify rapidly in coming years. Not only are our cities growing larger and denser, but according to the analysis of city systems by Professors Geoffrey West and Louis Bettencourt of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Professor Ian Robertson’s study of human behaviour, our interactions within them are speeding up and intensifying.
This text will be required reading for scholars and students who want to discover the history of Digital Humanities through its core writings, and for those who wish to understand the many possibilities that exist when trying to define Digital Humanities.
German web users are notoriously concerned about privacy and data protection. The NSA scandal has given rise to even more distrust of popular US online providers. But what do Germans do to protect their data online?
Three cities -- Amsterdam, Barcelona and San Francisco -- are collaborating with a Silicon Valley-based software company to launch a smart-city software platform for collecting, analyzing and visualizing data.
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While the idea of a “smart city” that integrates technology with energy systems to provide every citizen with a luxurious automated environment may seem like science fiction, the cities we live in now already use some of the same technologies that smart cities would leverage. These technologies range from the social media sites we access to the elevators that take us to our offices to the smartphones we rely on for communication. A true smart city uses these technologies to improve every aspect of our daily lives.
Living in a smart city affects which routes we drive on, the way we use our water and power, and even how we watch TV at home or cook a meal. In a smart city, everything is connected to provide us with the most interactive, convenient experience possible. ...
Smart technology can transform the lives of those who live and work in large cities - but it is not without costs and dangers.
I recently had the pleasure of attending The Economist's conference on the future of cities. At the heart of the conference was a thoughtful presentation by Richard Sennett of the LSE on "smart cities".
"Smart cities" are a much-hyped phenomenon. Technology providers have promoted "smart" solutions to urban challenges, with varying degrees of success. All too often, their ideas have foundered on political and bureaucratic obstacles, or have proved unworkable because of conflict between the vision of clean technological solutions and what Sennett describes as the "messiness" of people's lives. ...