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Megacities as sites of change

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Guest bloggers sound off on solutions for the future. Eight change accelerators in energy, mobility and design start the conversation, and you join in.

Via Alessio Erioli, proto-e-co-logics
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Megacities are our future: There are more than 20 megacities in the world today and by 2025 there will be around 30 of them. They are home to more than 10 million people and sprawl for hundreds of kilometers. Their projected rapid expansion by the middle of this century will drive our economies and shape our lives. But they are not carefully designed superstructures; instead, they are aggregations of building developments that spread like weeds over already stressed infrastructures. Megacities offer the greatest opportunities and challenges for humankind in the 21st century as they exist at the interface where urban systems meet technology to support human development.

 

With the appropriate infrastructures supporting them, combined technologies can form qualitatively new kinds of engagement between buildings and the megacity environment. An exploratory project between Astudio architects and AVATAR examines the potential for upgrading the environmental performance of entire buildings in situ. The structural bones of buildings are kept in place and pruned as fit for purpose frameworks, without having to displace existing inhabitants, which are then re-wrapped with living facades. These are the next generation of functional vertical gardens that are colonized by microorganisms and life-like chemistries that assist with the lifecycles of buildings being able to process waste and make biofuels using local resources.

Architecture does not need to be limited by inert surfaces, which create a barrier between people and the environment but could directly engage the surroundings through active interfaces which act as vast synthetic soils. These might be maintained under surveillance by smart microfluidics monitoring systems and robotic gardeners. A taste of these dynamic geotextiles can be experienced in the architectural installation Hylozoic Ground, a finalist for the Katerva Award insustainability. This jungle-like technology is a prototype for living building surfaces that combine cybernetics with smart chemistry. The immersive, evolving technology offers a responsive framework for a new kind of architectural experience that senses people and the environment and whose principles may be applied in other contexts, such as gardens. Hylozoic Ground could even offer its inhabitants positive emotional experiences similar to being close to nature.

The grand vision of achieving positive human development in the 21st century will require effective coordination between disciplines, institutions, cultures, and geographical regions. The pressing concerns that affect us all are many and varied—and would require humanity to perform at its very best to secure a long-term partnership with this unstable earth that is our home.

 

 

 

Questions:

What are the challenges to developing and implementing a global vision of positive human development?

How can developed countries best transfer knowledge to the Global South?

How can combined technologies in cities help address significant social inequalities?

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The #Algorithmic City | #smartcities #opendata

The #Algorithmic City | #smartcities #opendata | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
:snips - We Scale Cities
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What else can we predict? In theory, any event that is not random, provided we have enough data to model the context. Examples include passenger load in public transports, availability of parking spots, traffic jams, waste production, energy consumption and revenues of a shop in a specific street. These all share a common underlying principle: use context rather than history to predict behavior.

 

In themselves, each of these predictions could lead to amazing new products and services. The real power though comes from integrating everything together and modeling an entire city and its interactions with people. For instance, if you can predict where people will need to go tomorrow, then you can create optimal bus routes, minimizing time to destination and walking distance, taking into account predicted traffic, weather and garbage collection schedules. In this ideal system, all services would be optimal and available to citizens at anytime. We call this new way of designing cities "Algorithmic Urbanism".

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My City – Crowdsourced #urban planning platform | #Participatory #democracy

My City – Crowdsourced #urban planning platform | #Participatory #democracy | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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Collect ideas on improving your city

 

My City is a platform for sharing and discussing ideas on what can be improved in the city and how to make it happen.

 

 

Inspire people to take action

 

The platform lets users update the status of proposals, helping them feel engaged in the whole process of implementation.

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bart rosseau's curator insight, June 5, 12:19 AM

a fine example of crowdsource platforms...

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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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Return to civilization | #socialchange #urbanism

most people disagree with me about change in urban design — so don't be surprised if you also think i'm an idiot.

Via Claude Emond
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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 3, 8:47 AM

Very interesting.

 

I don't get for what reason this is so controversial or political.  There are technical merits to it, there are drawbacks to it.  Ultimately we have to adapt to the environment in which we are, actually, living and produce a world in which we're able to survive and be well, not just one in which a few people can be so rich that they can't spend the amount of money that they have in a lifetime.

 

This has a lot of cool stuff in it, and I suggest checking it out.  The cities on the coasts are likely to be swamped in the course of natural disasters, and the population of Earth is rapidly urbanizing as is, without much planning or provision of resources, in spite of abundance in our global human society.

 

Again, I can see how these things become political and controversial.  I just don't get for what purpose or reason.

 

Think about it.

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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

The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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, 9:55 AM

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, 5:48 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, 6:24 AM

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

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#Crowdsourced City: 14 #Citizen - Directed #Urban Projects

#Crowdsourced City: 14 #Citizen - Directed #Urban Projects | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
When urban planners and developers want to know what businesses local residents would like in their neighborhoods, where to put new bike lanes, or specific ...
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SpaceHive is a website that crowdfunds civic projects in England, with proposals ranging from neighborhood festivals to new performance spaces in disused urban areas. It’s similar to Kickstarter, but focusing exclusively on community improvement. One recent project, the Porty Light Box, renovates decommissioned red phone booths into light boxes that display local artwork and images.

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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, March 6, 9:45 PM

“How can we make our city a better place to live?”

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Build a #smartcity | #data #sensors

Build a #smartcity | #data #sensors | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, February 22, 8:53 PM

"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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Data Visualization Site's Running Route City Maps Look Like Prismacolor ID Sketches | #dataviz #urbanism

Data Visualization Site's Running Route City Maps Look Like Prismacolor ID Sketches | #dataviz #urbanism | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
"It nearly moved me to tears," a Ford executive once said of a Michael Santoro car design. "It's the best set of proportions I've ever seen on a sedan." In the early '90s Santoro was an upstart designer largely responsible for turning Chrysler's fortunes around with his radical cab-forward concepts and dropped-headlight-fender trucks, and me and my ID classmates were lucky enough to visit his Detroit studio. There we saw some of the most mind-blowing ID sketching I've ever

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By using data from fitness & location tracking apps, Yau is able to overlay hundreds of individual joggers' routes, just like Santoro's magic hands wielding a Prismacolor; but rather than newsprint, Yau's canvasses are maps of cities like New York, London, Paris, Chicago and more. In the cities with waterfronts, you can see that people really do like to run alongside water; and the build-up of lines looks like Santoro delineating a fender.

 

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"Natural #Cities" Emerge from Social Media Location #Data | #context #planing

"Natural #Cities" Emerge from Social Media Location #Data | #context #planing | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Nobody agrees on how to define a city. But the emergence of “natural cities” from social media data sets may change that, say computational geographers.
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Jiang and Miao began with a dataset from the Brightkite social network, which was active between 2008 and 2010. The site encouraged users to log in with their location details so that they could see other users nearby. So the dataset consists of almost 3 million locations in the US and the dates on which they were logged.

To start off, Jiang and Miao simply placed a dot on a map at the location of each login. They then connected these dots to their neighbours to form triangles that end up covering the entire mainland US.

 

Next, they calculated the size of each triangle on the map and plotted this size distribution, which turns out to follow a power law. So there are lots of tiny triangles but only a few large ones.

 

Finally, the calculated the average size of the triangles and then coloured in all those that were smaller than average. The coloured areas are “natural cities”, say Jiang and Miao.

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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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Instrumenting the #smartcity, one parking space at a time

Instrumenting the #smartcity, one parking space at a time | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Adding sensors to a city can make living there easier, as Xerox and Los Angeles found when they developed a dynamic pricing tool for on-street parking.

Via Rob Kitchin
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Instrumented cities are about a lot more than using CCTV to monitor streets. They're about using technology to make peoples' lives easier: making cities attractive places to live. In my home city of London I use the sensor network built into its public transport system to know when the next train or bus is due - and to navigate alternate routes in the event of traffic disruption.


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Where next for the programme? Once you've got the data, it needs to be more widely available - and if you're trying to encourage improved parking usage it needs to be in the hands of the people trying to park. There's no point having to look at a meter to see how much it will cost, you need to be able to plan where to park in advance if you're going to encourage sustainable use of the system. That's why the next step is a parking app for smartphones and the web; with a longer term vision of merged parking and traffic information.

 

That's the future of the instrumented smart city: making the information it gathers available to citizens, to help them make better decisions, not leaving it in silos that might get analyzed someday. It's all part of the other side of the ubiquitous computing future: access to contextual information (or as I often call it, 'right time information'; the right information to the right person at the right time so they can make the right decision for the right outcome.).


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Japan #SmartCity Portal - Latest information on Smart City verification experiments in four regions | #urbanism

Japan #SmartCity Portal - Latest information on Smart City verification experiments in four regions | #urbanism | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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The Japan Smart City Portal provides up-to-date information on the four regions of Japan (City of Yokohama, Toyota City, Keihanna Science City, City of Kitakyushu) that are forging ahead with a variety of verification experiments in order to create smart cities. Various projects involving verification experiments will be implemented in these four regions in order to encourage healthy economic activities that reduce the burden on the environment while improving QoL (Quality of Life.)

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Watch_Dogs WeAreData | #smartcities #opendata

Watch_Dogs WeAreData | #smartcities #opendata | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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, 11:50 AM

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, 3:20 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 11, 9:53 PM
"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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#Emotional feed-back | Could emotion detectors make driving safer ? | #facialAnalysis

#Emotional feed-back | Could emotion detectors make driving safer ? | #facialAnalysis | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Researchers in EPFL’s Signal Processing 5 Laboratory, working with PSA Peugeot Citroën, have developed an emotion detector based on the analysis of facial expressions in a car, using an infrared camera placed behind the steering wheel. The researchers say they can read facial expressions and identify which of the seven universal emotions a person is feeling : fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, or suspicion…

 

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Signal Processing 5 Laboratory|EPFL : http://bit.ly/1kC5vyq

 


Via Serge Meunier, C.I.L. CONSULTING
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Detecting emotions is only one indicator for improving driver safety and comfort. In this project, it was coupled with a fatigue detector that measures the percentage of eyelid closure.

The LTS5 is also working on detecting other states on drivers’ faces, such as distraction, and they are studying lip reading for use in vocal recognition (“OK car, cruise at 50 mph”).

 

So how would facial detection data showing irritation could be used in the real world? A calm voice (Scarlett Johansson from Her?) suggesting the driver calm down, or pull over and take a stress pill? A live display advising the driver?

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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.

Via Toni Sánchez
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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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Cartographier les interstices de la ville | #urbanism #artcities

Cartographier les interstices de la ville | #urbanism #artcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Parcourir la ville, la saisir en mouvement, et la restituer ensuite à travers une carte. Telle est la démarche de Mathias Poisson. Diplômé de l’École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (...)
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Ses dessins, que l’on pourrait croire échappés d’une bande dessinée, n’ont rien de banal. Objets insolites, ils renversent l’idée habituelle que l’on se fait d’une carte et éveillent notre curiosité. Pour cet artiste, penser la ville s’articule en deux temps : d’abord, la marche s’offre comme un moyen pour la saisir dans sa complexité et ses aspects changeants. Puis, la carte permet de restituer « l’image de la ville » [1] - pour reprendre les mots de Kevin Lynch - que cette expérience urbaine a engendrée. Les cartes de Mathias Poisson nous donnent un véritable éclairage sur le lieu traversé. L’artiste-promeneur expose une facette du grand kaléidoscope par lequel aménageurs, urbanistes, géographes, architectes, paysagistes, chercheurs en sciences humaines et sociales et citoyens pensent la ville.

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4 New Ways Of Thinking That Should Shape The Next Century Of Cities | #Collaborative #urban #data

4 New Ways Of Thinking That Should Shape The Next Century Of Cities | #Collaborative #urban #data | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
In order to thrive over the next century cities will have to change. Here's how.

 

Last week, the Ditchley Foundation in Oxford, England, hosted over 30 academics, practitioners, government, and non-governmental organization leaders from five continents to contemplate the rapid urbanization of the globe and address challenges and opportunities across multiple geographies, economies, and political landscapes.

 

Visit the link to find specific insights and processes that could significantly shape how we think about global cities over the next century.


Via Lauren Moss, Claude Emond
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MENTAL MODELS AND CHANNELS TO ACCELERATE "CHEMICAL REACTIONS"

 

We still seem to be looking at our 21st-century cities largely through a 20th-century lens. This is limiting the alchemy, not catalyzing it. Urban planning remains largely focused just on the physical environment, not on socio-economic results. Community is moving towards becoming a question of 'geographic cohesion,' not geographic place in a traditional sense. There was great conversation about not trying to retrofit old models of working, but rather adapting the way people and cities work with newly available channels and technologies.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:27 PM

The Internet, big data, and social media should result in more responsive planning, better service delivery, and broader citizen engagement. Technology should redefine transportation to seamlessly marry centrally scheduled buses and trains with more spontaneous options such as car and bike sharing, as well as the informal systems of cabs, motorcycles, and rickshaws that dominate in many developing countries. Ubiquitous, open public, and private data should make human health and well-being as easily and regularly measured as GDP.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 6, 9:15 AM

Fascinating, and intuitive.

 

A nation is just a network of cities, connected economically, socially and culturally.  A region of the world is just a network of interlaced economic forces that can either be for the benefit (the EU or ECOWAS) or the detriment (NAFTA) of the people who live in the territories under the given region.  The same could be said about strategic partnerships (NATO or the AU).

 

Combine it all together, and you've got the planet.

 

"The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers."       -Sun Tzu

 

What works on the city level may be applicable to the nation, the region and the world as a whole.

 

Think about it.

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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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Successful start of the EU project SMARTIE: Security for Smart Cities | #privacy #artcities

Successful start of the EU project SMARTIE: Security for Smart Cities | #privacy #artcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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The vision of SMARTIE is to create a distributed framework for IoT-based applications sharing large volumes of heterogeneous information. This framework is envisioned to enable end-to-end security and trust in information delivery for decision-making purposes following data owner’s privacy requirements. New challenges identified for privacy, trust and reliability are:


• Provide trust and quality‐of‐information in shared information models to enable re‐use across many applications.


• Provide secure exchange of data between IoT devices and consumers of their information.


• Provide protection mechanisms for vulnerable devices.

 

SMARTIE will address these challenges within the context of Smart Cities. A smart city controller handling data for the city must show that the information collected from different devices are communicated and stored in a secure way.

 

Privacy protection and access control to the data and objects is necessary to convince data owners to share information and to protect the city infrastructure. SMARTIE envisions a data-centric paradigm with the “information management and services” plane as a unifying umbrella, which will operate above heterogeneous network devices and data sources and will provide advanced secure information services

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How a New Science of #Cities Is Emerging from #Mobile Phone #Data Analysis | #situational #context

How a New Science of #Cities Is Emerging from #Mobile Phone #Data Analysis | #situational #context | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Study the way people make mobile phone calls in metropolitan areas and you can see a city breathe, say computer scientists.
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These guys begin with a database of mobile phone calls made by people in the 31 Spanish cities that have populations larger than 200,000. The data consists of the number of unique individuals using a given cell tower (whether making a call or not) for each hour of the day over almost two months.

 

Given the area that each tower covers, Louail and co work out the density of individuals in each location and how it varies throughout the day. And using this pattern, they search for “hotspots” in the cities where the density of individuals passes some specially chosen threshold at certain times of the day.

 

The results reveal some fascinating patterns in city structure. For a start, every city undergoes a kind of respiration in which people converge into the center and then withdraw on a daily basis, almost like breathing. And this happens in all cities. This “suggests the existence of a single ‘urban rhythm’ common to all cities,” says Louail and co.

 

During the week, the number of phone users peaks at about midday and then again at about 6 p.m. During the weekend the numbers peak a little later: at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Interestingly, the second peak starts about an hour later in western cities, such as Sevilla and Cordoba.

 
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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 1:14 AM

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

luiy's comment, March 1, 8:36 AM
I can see the interesting application in the are of #eDemocracy
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Buscando las neuronas de las #Smart Cities "La Ciudad Viva"

Buscando las neuronas de las #Smart Cities "La Ciudad Viva" | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Buscando las neuronas de las “Smart Cities” | http://t.co/LJzFdB5V | Nuevo post de @dpr_barcelona para @laciudadviva #SmartCity #smartcities...

Via Ana Valdés
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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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IZIM's curator insight, January 22, 6:26 AM

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, January 23, 12:10 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."