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Anatomy of a #SmartCity | #NatureCentric #Sensors

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The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...

 

This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.

 

Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.


Via Lauren Moss, association concert urbain, Lockall
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We have been grateful to the wide array of planners, architects, techies, entrepreneurs and students of the built environment who have joined us on this journey. And the ‘Smart City‘ has featured again and again, whether it be a futurologist’s insights into the bionic, nature-centric adaptable cities of the future, or an economist’s keen ideas on instilling happiness in the built environment.

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Grd Lyon-millenaire3's comment, August 19, 2013 6:06 AM
It supposes an organization at the world level but which and with whom? Doubtless adds us in a transitional period. The best is yet to come.
Katherine Correll's curator insight, November 9, 5:48 PM

Considering the rural to urban migration and how smart cities can be!

Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, Today, 3:29 AM

Une infographie très pédagogique

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Me++: The #Cyborg Self and the Networked City", William J. Mitchell | #smartcities #posthumanism

Me++: The #Cyborg Self and the Networked City", William J. Mitchell | #smartcities #posthumanism | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

In his new book "Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City", William J. Mitchell tells the story of the reciprocal relationship between man and technology - how one shapes the other in a cyclical and temporal process. These mutually reinforcing phenomena are most visible when looking at design and architecture and their manifestation in cities in particular. The characteristic new architecture of the 21st century occurs at the intersection of three realms: electronic information flows, mobile bodies and physical places. So, what we are experiencing is not the replacement of the physical space with electronic versions, but the sophisticated integration of digital networks within physical supply chains.

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"Embedded within a vast structure of nested boundaries and ramifying networks, my muscular and skeletal, physiological, and nervous systems have been artificially augmented and expanded...My biological body meshes with the city; the city itself has become not only the domain of my networked cognitive system, but also – and crucially – the spatial and material embodiment of that system."

 

This is the fundamental thesis in Mitchell's book. It largely rests, as he states, on Gregory Bateson's insight that if you want to explain the locomotion of a blind man crossing the street "you will need the street, the stick, the man, the street, the stick, and so on, round and round." In Bateson's view, there is no clear distinction between internal cognitive processes and external computational ones. Mitchell translates this into the present by saying that we perceive, act, learn, and know through the mechanically, electronically, and otherwise extended bodies and memories that we construct and reconstruct for ourselves. And, as we are beginning to see, there is no clear limit to this extension. This is his explanation for why mankind is not only its own bodies, but tightly intertwined with its surrounding technologies: 

 

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VersuS: the real-time lives of cites | human-centered #SmartCities | #urbanism

VersuS: the real-time lives of cites | human-centered #SmartCities | #urbanism | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
VersuS explores the real-time lives of cities using data captured from major social networks and analyzing it through natural language analysis and artificial intelligence
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Cities have become ubiquitous publishing spaces in which people constantly use nomadic technological tools (such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and network-connected devices and services) to communicate, learn, understand their environment, express emotions, collaborate, organize themselves, work, express opinions.

 

In VersuS we focus on the concept of the concept of human-centered smart cities.

 

The VersuS project:

 

- all the real-time public information which is generated in cities on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Foursquare and Flickr is captured 

 

- Natural Language Analysis and Artificial intelligence are used to understand the topics people are discussing, their emotional approach (sentiment analysis and emotional analysis) and, when available, their exact geographic location 

 

- we currently support 29 languages 

 

- network analysis is then performed to understand the human geographies/topograpies of cities: who are the hubs, the influencers, the switches, the major nodes of the human network, and the dynamics according to how information, knowledge, opinions and data spread in the city

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The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows

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Traditionally, cities have been viewed as the sum of their locations – the buildings, monuments, squares and parks that spring to mind when we think of ‘New York’, ‘London’ or ‘Paris’. In The new science of cities (Amazon US| Amazon UK), Michael Batty argues that a more productive approach is to think of cities in terms of …
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Cities and network analysis.

 

Viewing cities as networks allows us to use the toolbox of network analysis on them, employing concepts such as ‘cores’ and ‘peripheries’, ‘centrality’, and ‘modules’. Batty says that an understanding of how different types of network intersect will be the key that really unlocks our understanding of cities.

 

Cities, like many other types of network, also seem to be modular, hierarchical, and scale-free – in other words, they show similar patterns at different scales. It’s often said that London is a series of villages, with their own centres and peripheries. but the pattern also repeats when you zoom out and look at the relationships between cities. One can see this in the way that London’s influence really extends across Europe, and in the way that linked series of cities, or ‘megalopolises‘, are growing in places such as the eastern seaboard of the US, Japan’s ‘Taiheiyō Belt‘, or the Pearl River Delta in China.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 23, 12:55 PM

And there you have it.

 

The blue prints for understanding empirically a city, a society, a nation.

Think about it.

sandra alvaro's curator insight, March 24, 8:48 AM

Flows are not just the connectors between these important locations. Rather, the locations become important because – at least in part – they’re at the intersections.

Pierre Levy's curator insight, March 24, 9:24 AM

By the way, geographs knew this a long time ago.

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#Documentaire: la ville du futur ? | #urbanism

#Documentaire: la ville du futur ? | #urbanism | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Comment vivre dans nos villes sur un espace de plus en plus réduit ? Comment les mégacités vont-elles héberger leurs habitants au regard du prix exponentiel des loyers ? De quelle manière redonner des couleurs et du naturel à notre environnement urbain ?

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La ville en tant qu’entreprise, un endroit d’épanouissement de soi, de luttes sociales ou bien un endroit de grands projets rêvés. Le documentaire "La ville du futur – Le futur de la ville" montre les métropoles européennes de Madrid, Londres et Hambourg dans des situations différents et leurs habitants, à la fois comme créateurs et victimes.

 

Documentaire d'Irja Martens (Allemagne, 2011, 45 min)

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The DataTank Offers API Tool to Help Power #SmartCities | #opendata #platforms

The DataTank Offers API Tool to Help Power #SmartCities | #opendata #platforms | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
ProgrammableWeb.com keeps you up to date with web mashups and APIs: what's new, interesting, useful and important. Hundreds of mashups and APIs. Contribute, search, view, and chart them.

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A new API tool that transforms open datasets so they can be accessed by a REST API is capturing the attention of local governments interested in implementing smart cities policies. The DataTank is a data publishing platform that can also be used as a plug-in with the CKAN open data platform. It is created and managed by the Belgium chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which operates as a social enterprise startup. ProgrammableWeb spoke with The DataTank’s Technical Lead Jan Vansteenlandt about the new open data/API tool and how it can be used to drive the smart cities agenda.

 

2014 may well be the year that the idea of ’smart cities’ reaches maturity and moves beyond one-off, showcase projects and – with the help of APIs – becomes the way city authorities and local governments manage their operations. Smart cities is often the term used to refer to the twin policy goals of using sensor technologies and open data strategies to better coordinate a city’s urban form, foster civic participation, manage resources and heighten metropolitan livability.



Read more: http://blog.programmableweb.com/2014/01/08/the-datatank-offers-api-tool-to-help-power-smart-cities/#ixzz2sSuEZnRs ;

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Imagining the Future City: London 2062 I #smartcities #sustainability #freebook

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As part of the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities, the London 2062 project is gathering evidence about the forces and factors that shape London, identifying decision points, and debating how the city will change over the five decades between London 2012 and London 2062. This process involves synthesising the diverse expertise within the academic community at UCL and elsewhere, together with London’s citizens, government, professions, artists, media and other public institutions.


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Imagining the Future City: London 2062 (free download) is an edited collection based on the London 2062 project from UCL’s Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities. The London 2062 project engaged academics, policy makers and practitioners, providing a forum for serious debate about the challenges and opportunities for London in the five decades following the Olympics.


The book is divided into four sections, considering London in terms of Things, Connections, Powerand Dreams. The book features contributions from leading academic thinkers at UCL and from those involved in shaping London on the ground, through policy and practice. The authors consider the future of London from multiple viewpoints, including transport, energy, smart infrastructure, water, population, housing and the economy.

 

The aim of this book, and the London 2062 programme, is to open discussion about the future of London. What is the future we want to see for London? Which priorities for a global city are in opposition? How can we meet carbon emission targets and deliver new infrastructure in the 21st Century?

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Intriguing Networks's curator insight, December 8, 2013 5:58 PM

LONDON CALLING - How will you influence the shape of your city get involved folks! Thank you @plevy

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Urban #Observatory Compare Cities | #smartcities #opendata

Urban #Observatory Compare Cities | #smartcities #opendata | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

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bart rosseau's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:14 AM

great concept, great layout and design. Curious to see if this will last!

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I can see the interesting application in the are of #eDemocracy
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Watch_Dogs WeAreData | #smartcities #opendata

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Discover how data controls the cities of Paris, London and Berlin in these hyperconnected times.
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Watch_Dogs WeareData gathers available geolocated datain a non-exhaustive way: we only display the information for which we have been given the authorization by the sources. Yet, it is already a huge amount of data. You may even watch what other users are looking at on the website through Facebook connect.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, June 3, 2:50 PM

Good visualization of streaming data geo-located. 

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City #Dashboard Amsterdam (beta) | #smartcities #dataviz

City #Dashboard Amsterdam (beta) | #smartcities #dataviz | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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The city in graphics

 

What is the average speed of traffic in the city? How many cultural events are going on? What are the levels of noise and what are people tweeting about? Answers to these and many other questions are featured and visualized in this dashboard of Amsterdam. Play and experiment with it, make different combinations and get to know the city real-time! 

 

 

 

How to use the City Dashboard

 

A city consists of many elements, shown on this dashboard as the following domains: transport, environment, statistics, economy, social, cultural & security. For each domain, the actual status is shown, based on blocks of 24 hours. The data is refreshed every 10 seconds. The information is captured in charts, graphs and on a map of the city. Larger dots and darker colors symbolize higher values and vice versa. On the map, you can choose which layers you want to see: from only one domain to interesting combinations and all of them together. Personalize what you are seeing and try to discover the city of Amsterdam on a whole new level! 

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luiy's curator insight, June 11, 6:20 AM

Translating data into accessible information

 

Citizens and (government) agencies create and collect a lot of data, which they are now opening up for reuse more and more. This dashboard makes use of the latest open data from a wide range of municipal services. By using the Linked Data API from the CitySDK project , this City Dashboard becomes easily transferable to other cities using the same interface. The CitySDK Linked Data API also makes information searchable and available on demand, enabling developers to create applications such as this dashboard. 

Mlik Sahib's curator insight, June 12, 12:53 AM
"General Information

 

Welcome to the City Dashboard! This platform shows you what is going on in Amsterdam at this moment.

The city in graphics

What is the average speed of traffic in the city? How many cultural events are going on? What are the levels of noise and what are people tweeting about? Answers to these and many other questions are featured and visualized in this dashboard of Amsterdam. Play and experiment with it, make different combinations and get to know the city real-time!

Translating data into accessible information

Citizens and (government) agencies create and collect a lot of data, which they are now opening up for reuse more and more. This dashboard makes use of the latest open data from a wide range of municipal services. By using the Linked Data API from the CitySDK project , this City Dashboard becomes easily transferable to other cities using the same interface. The CitySDK Linked Data API also makes information searchable and available on demand, enabling developers to create applications such as this dashboard.

How to use the City Dashboard

A city consists of many elements, shown on this dashboard as the following domains: transport, environment, statistics, economy, social, cultural & security. For each domain, the actual status is shown, based on blocks of 24 hours. The data is refreshed every 10 seconds. The information is captured in charts, graphs and on a map of the city. Larger dots and darker colors symbolize higher values and vice versa. On the map, you can choose which layers you want to see: from only one domain to interesting combinations and all of them together. Personalize what you are seeing and try to discover the city of Amsterdam on a whole new level!

No data available?

We aim to display all the numbers, graphics and other results in this City Dashboard as readable as possible. Since this platform collects data from different kind of sources that otherwise are stored in multiple databases, it may happen that particular data isn't available for a moment. In that case the data source is interrupted."

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#SmartCities and Communities: An Invitation to Sign Up to the Future | #Sustainable #Collective

#SmartCities and Communities: An Invitation to Sign Up to the Future | #Sustainable #Collective | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
(Smart Cities and Communities) Should we dream of electric cities & let the internet of things take over? Bristol thinks so. It's not alone. Over 41 cities in Europe have already signed a Green Digital Charter; 11 of them capital cities.

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Green Digital Charter signatory cities commited to work with other cities on ICT and energy efficiency and undertook to decrease the direct carbon footprint of ICT by 30% within 10 years by the adoption of Energy Star and EU labelling schemes and training in energy efficiency behaviors. A Green Digital Charter toolkit is available.

 

Special attention is being given to the development of EU-China partnerships and close collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors. The Charter has been supported by the Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency (NiCE) funding stream. This has now finished, and for this reason the Smart Cities and Communities Platform is issuing a new invitation to participte in a major push to develop smart city applications and a smart city culture.

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Build a #smartcity | #data #sensors

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Vast information infrastructures are creating new challenges for future cities
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Agility is key


With such diverse information flying around a smart city, new technology is needed to coordinate not only this vast amount of data, but also the array of applications it may have.

 

One solution to coordinate data is an “agile network” – a system that uses new technology to automatically control and configure data. This data can also be disseminated across a number of varying devices.

 

Chinese company Huawei Enterprise is one firm helping to build these agile networks, as well as the cloud computing data centres that they hope will help make Smart Cities a reality.

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Le Mythe de la Cité Intelligente. Derrière la technologie, l'illusion | #smartcities

Le Mythe de la Cité Intelligente. Derrière la technologie, l'illusion | #smartcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
La perspective a, par les temps qui courent, tout pour séduire. Imaginez : une ville dans...
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Marketing politique

« L’idée de ville intelligente, c’est du marketing politique, lance à l’autre bout du fil Éric George, le directeur du Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la communication, l’information et la société (GRICIS) de l’UQAM. Dans des environnements où les inégalités augmentent, où le vieillissement de la population amène des enjeux de gestion délicats, où les questions écologiques émergent, où de nouveaux territoires entrent dans la compétition des villes, où les influences se déplacent, c’est un vocable qui exprime un remède, qui invite à l’optimisme alors que l’on ne sait pas où l’on s’en va. C’est là pour faire rêver, pour nourrir l’imaginaire », comme le faisaient les images des voitures volantes et les récits de téléportation, de trottoirs roulants dans les journaux du début du siècle dernier, lorsqu’ils se mettaient à imaginer les années 2000.

Solution actuelle à des problèmes qui le sont tout autant, la « ville intelligente » semble, à écouter les élus, à nos portes, même si dans les faits, cette idée d’un environnement numériquement plus efficace est finalement à des années-lumière du présent immédiat. « On est encore loin de la ville intelligente, lance Marie-Andrée Doran, la directrice de l’Institut technologies de l’information et sociétés (ITIS) de l’Université Laval, qui, depuis 2009, se questionne sur ce concept de ville connectée.Nous sommes à l’étape de définir ce que cela est vraiment. »

« On en parle beaucoup, c’est vrai, ajoute Stéphane Roche, professeur en sciences géomatiques dans le même établissement universitaire, mais dans les tissus urbains existants, les développements concrets sont rares », et le minimum requis pour commencer à rêver de système de guidage automatique des transports, de gestion numérique des mouvements d’argent public, d’électrification intelligente du tissu urbain y est également, dans la plupart des villes du monde, inexistant.

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"Imaginez : une ville dans laquelle les embouteillages n’existeraient plus, où bus et métro ne seraient plus jamais en retard, adaptant même leur passage, grâce à la technologie dite prédictive, en fonction des masses d’humains à l’approche des arrêts et des stations.

Dans cet environnement urbain, la corruption ne serait qu’un lointain souvenir, en raison de systèmes de gestion capables de suivre l’argent du contribuable à la trace, au cent près, dans les méandres de l’administration publique, de l’appel d’offres à la signature d’un chèque. Mieux, un nid-de-poule pourrait être comblé dans l’heure suivant son apparition, l’éclairage urbain modulerait son intensité en fonction de la luminosité naturelle, par souci d’économie d’énergie, et les résidants vivraient heureux dans des maisons capables de produire leur propre énergie, seraient avertis par texto 30 minutes avant le passage des chasse-neige dans leur rue, histoire de réduire au minimum les contrariétés liées au déplacement et au stationnement des voitures dans d’autres rues en pareille circonstance.

Ville de rêve ? « Ville intelligente » plutôt, comme le veut la formule consacrée qui se répand depuis quelques mois dans la sphère publique, dans le discours des politiciens, dans les assemblées d’actionnaires des géants de l’informatique qui, en choeur, brandissent désormais cette idée d’un environnement urbain technologiquement plus efficace comme argument de vente d’un avenir meilleur. « Montréal intelligente, c’est l’antidote à la morosité et au cynisme ambiant », résumait Denis Coderre, le maire de Montréal, lors de la dernière campagne électorale, en y ajoutant les mots « transparence », « développement », « solution »…"

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Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris I #smartcities

Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris I #smartcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Every building tells a unique story reflecting both the programmatic content and the singularity of the site, and the Tour Signal La Defense proposal for Paris by In Studio Daniel Libeskind radiates a new spirit with a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use development.

The powerful, unique icon is expressed in a dynamic volume- a reflection of the aim to create a building before its time. Two intertwined ribbons spiral together formally and programmatically, creating a tower, and open space between, with south-facing vertical gardens to act as biotopes for workers, visitors and residents.

Find more images and project details at the article link...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:32 AM

Libesiind does it again. 

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Against the #SmartCity | #algorithms

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Adam Greenfield critiques the prevailing definition of the "smart city" and calls for an alternative vision that understands and responds to the messy realities of human existence.

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— Arrived at algorithmically: Assume, for the sake of argument, that there could be such a solution, a master formula capable of resolving all resource-allocation conflicts and balancing the needs of all a city’s competing constituencies. It certainly would be convenient if this golden mean could be determined automatically and consistently, via the application of a set procedure — in a word, algorithmically.

 

In urban planning, the idea that certain kinds of challenges are susceptible to algorithmic resolution has a long pedigree. It’s already present in the Corbusian doctrine that the ideal and correct ratio of spatial provisioning in a city can be calculated from nothing more than an enumeration of the population, it underpins the complex composite indices of Jay Forrester’s 1969 Urban Dynamics[8], and it lay at the heart of the RAND Corporation’s (eventually disastrous) intervention in the management of 1970s New York City.[9] No doubt part of the idea’s appeal to smart-city advocates, too, is the familial resemblance such an algorithm would bear to the formulae by which commercial real-estate developers calculate air rights, the land area that must be reserved for parking in a community of a given size, and so on.

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Buscando las neuronas de las #Smart Cities "La Ciudad Viva"

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Buscando las neuronas de las “Smart Cities” | http://t.co/LJzFdB5V | Nuevo post de @dpr_barcelona para @laciudadviva #SmartCity #smartcities...

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Solo nos queda aportar la reflexión de que las auténticas ciudades inteligentes no dependen de la tecnología, sino de las conexiones entre sus neuronas que son las personas (ciudadanos y agentes de gestión). Serán realmente “inteligentes” si siguen funcionando y adaptándose… aunque las desenchufemos.

 

Comprender las dinámicas que dan forma a nuestras ciudades es una tarea compleja por el cumulo de interacciones no lineales que intervienen. La ciudad como la mente humana es un fenomeno emergente que demanda de nosotros nuevas métricas y formas de representación. Si embargo la unidad de comunicación básica, el nivel de interacción entre personas, es el que debemos esforzarnos por entender, interpretar y fomentar.

 

Ethel Baraona Pohl + César Reyes | dpr-barcelona

[1] La foto de cabecera corresponde al proyecto de Fran Castillo “CITYDATASENSING“,  ganador del “CITY-SENSE: Shaping our environment with real-time data” organizado por el IAAC + HP

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, January 23, 3:10 AM

"Sobre el concepto de “Ciudades Inteligentes” aun no existe consenso. Aunque se menciona como características comunes a ellas el uso de sistemas tecnológicos cada vez más eficientes y una población mejor informada y conectada. A lo anterior se suma un mayor nivel de conciencia por el entorno y la posibilidad de asegurar adecuados niveles de calidad de vida para sus habitantes, conceptos que bajo la coyuntura económica actual, se asocian con la provisión de trabajo, servicios y bienes de consumo."