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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 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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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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"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."

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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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Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City I #urban #dataviz

Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City I #urban #dataviz | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.

 

Maps don't typically convey time very well. They're static snapshots of a moment in history. A handful of animated maps that do a good job combining time and space using either transit data or geo-tagged social-media hits.

Now a new project, called Geographies of Time, is trying to do something similar with a more typical two-dimensional map. The effort is part of a broader EU-funded projects called UrbanSensing that's building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.


Via Lauren Moss
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Giorgia Lupi, the Ph.D. researcher at Milan Politecnico behind the project, began with Milan. Using tens of thousands of geo-tagged tweets, she and colleagues divided the map of the city into a fine-grained grid. The tweets were then divided into eight three-hour time intervals (from midnight to 3 a.m., 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., etc.). And the boxes in the grid were digitally colored based on the time window when Twitter was locally most active.

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nuria font-casaseca's curator insight, April 24, 9:21 AM

Les ciutats i els temps: com ens movem per la ciutat en funció de l'hora i el dia.

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Mining #bicycle sharing data for generating insights into #sustainable transport systems I #smartcities #bigdata

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The latest bike-share systems enable users to monitor cycle availability and docking station spaces via near real-time online maps. These websites often specify and supply an applications pro- gramming interface (API) for external software developers to ac- cess the underlying data. In addition, a number of system operators release datasets pertaining to individual journeys made over a particular time period. Both types of data offer insights in the usage of particular bike-shares and provide a ready basis for utilisation in transport research. A small number of previous stud- ies have been undertaken and generally concern the characteristics of a single city’s system, often with a focus on user demographics. Jensen et al. (2010), for example, analysed 11.6 million journeys of the Vélo’v bicycle sharing system in Lyon, constructing a map showing the likely flows of the bicycles across the city. Several characteristics emerged; namely greatly enhanced usage during public transport strikes, and variations in average speeds through the day such as for example, a small but significant increase in speed just before 9 a.m. as cycle commuters hurry to complete their journeys before the start of normal working hours. One intriguing result was that the average speed during the morning commute was greatest on Wednesdays, the authors conjecturing that this was due to a greater proportion of users on Wednesdays being men, due to the tradition of at-home childcare by women on this day. 

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A Science of #Cities I #complexity

A Science of #Cities I #complexity | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

"In this book, I suggest that to understand cities we must view them not simply as places in space but as systems of networks and flows. To understand space, we must understand flows, and to understand flows, we must understand networks—the relations between objects that comprise the system of the city. Drawing on the complexity sciences, social physics, urban economics, transportation theory, regional science, and urban geography, , I introduce theories and methods that reveal the deep structure of how cities function. (...)" Michael Batty


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“Michael Batty has followed a career that has made him the prime interpreter of urban modeling in all its forms. Now his remarkable work has become the foundation of a new science of urban flows and networks that uses big data and sharp theory as tools to dig deep into how and what cities are, and how they can be designed in better ways. This is the book that sets the benchmark that all others will have to follow.” —Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick

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mtmeme's curator insight, November 30, 2013 10:31 PM

If put into the global Internet of complexity, understanding the workings of cities could let us see how local shifts influence the global conditions, and vice versa. 

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Warren Karlenzig - Collective Intelligence: Cities as Global Sustainability Platform | #smartcities

"Social media and collaborative technologies--layered with smart systems combining geo-location data with human experience--will make cities the driving sustainability force in a dawning planetary era. Cities will anticipate new risks with rapid urban systems innovation based upon crowdsourcing, virtual and physical communities, and transparent markets sensitive to full carbon and resource costs. Creatively leveraging collective intelligence for clean energy, low carbon mobility and sustainable food and water, the new urban grid will enable high local quality of life, lifelong learning and vibrant green economies."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:36 PM

A TedX talk. It's good to be wary of solutionism in regard to solving social problems, but neither is it wise to rely on antiquated bureaucracies (alone) or private enterprise (alone) to tackle some of the real problems (and  unlock some of the real opportunities) of urbanization.

Guillermo Cerceau's comment, August 19, 2013 6:30 PM
I feel that the lecture leaves out all matters related to political power, precisely THE issue of cities and collaboration, I mean, that is what the "polis" of politics means.
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Foursquare check-ins show the pulse of London | #dataviz #smartcities

“ Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.”


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Reprogramming Existing City Infrastructure for #Sustainability | #smartcities

Reprogramming Existing City Infrastructure for #Sustainability | #smartcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Across the world, innovative solutions to urban needs are emerging from new uses for existing structures and systems. Officials are joining hands with engineers and corporate R&D teams to improve access to essential resources like water, energy and sunlight, and increase social and environmental wellbeing by reimagining the potential of the resources they already have. They are reprogramming the city.


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Take Lima. For those living on the edges of Peru’s capital, access to clean drinking water is a problem. Small wells supply most of the water, which one resident describes as “unpleasant and polluted,” and in the summer “there isn’t much available.”


Engineers at the local University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) decided to tackle the issue by making innovative use of two of the city’s more abundant resources: its humid air (which can reach 98 percent humidity), and the billboards that reach into it. They installed a humidity collector and water purifier into the top of one advertising structure in the village of Bujama, creating the UTEC Water Billboard. It can produce 96 liters of clean drinking water a day for local residents, which flows down a pipe to a tap at the base of the structure. Resident Francisco Quilca says it has provided him and his neighbors with a new, pure water source, and wishes it could exist “on the door of every house, in every village.”

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Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique | #urbanism

Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique | #urbanism | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
A salute to those special places—some humble, some utterly utilitarian—that give a city its unique personality and collective soul.

 

The six places and objects shown at the link are urban amenities of a particular kind, but really they’re much more than that. These are the distinct features in the landscape that give a city its unique character. Every city has them. They can be supremely useful (the parkettes in Toronto, Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, D.C.’s fabulous subway stations) or gloriously idiosyncratic (the hidden staircases in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh’s charming Inclines, the incongruous gas lamps of sunny San Diego).

All of them, however, play a beloved civic role that transcends their mere function, lending a kind of quiet poetry to daily life, grace notes to the grind. Six writers and designers, one from each city, reflect on these special characters in the urban landscape...


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:54 PM

This thought from the article sums it up for me...."believe that we can be great and that change is possible and that we can achieve it."

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The #Nanopolitics Handbook | #urban #freebook

How to think politics with and through the body?



The invention of new modes of sensibility is vital to enriching and sustaining political engagements, labours and lives in the situated contexts of urban collectivity. The nanopolitics handbook investigates the neoliberal city and workplace, the politics of crisis and austerity, precarious lives and modes of collaboration – through bodies and their encounters. Starting from the exploration of what bodies can do – with curiosity, courage and care – nanopolitics is a proposal for producing new collective subjectivations.



Based on the experiments and experiences of the nanopolitics group, this book proposes exercises, concepts and ideas as little maps and machines for action. Drawing on social movements, grassroots organizing, dance, theatre and bodywork, the reflections and practices here present strategies for navigating and reconfiguring the playing field of ‘nanopolitics’, activating its entanglement with the major politics of our time. 



Texts and exercises by: the nanopolitics group, esquizo-barcelona, David Vercauteren, Camila Mello and Fabiane Borges, Nelly Alfandari, Jorge Goia, Lottie Child, Carla Bottiglieri, Gabriella Alberti, Paolo Plotegher, Davyd Bodoun, Emma Dowling, Mara Ferreri, Manuela Zechner, Bue Rübner Hansen, Amit Rai, Anja Kanngieser, Lisa Burger, Irina Burger and Signe Lupnov.


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Datascaping And Designing With Information | #dataviz #urbanism

Datascaping And Designing With Information | #dataviz #urbanism | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

DataAppeal software provides an alternative to complex mapping tools through an easy to use, web-based GIS application that renders typical data files into beautifully designed multi-dimensional maps and datascapes instantly. For architects, landscape architects, urban planners and designers of the built form, the application is a great tool to utilize evidence-based information to expose new site patterns, to provide alternative 3D modes of mapping for communication purposes, and to aid in the initiation of master plan designs.

It’s also a refreshing way to visually engage professional and students with their site-based data...


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burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:28 AM
Pretty simple..
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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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Imagining the Future City: London 2062 I #smartcities #sustainability #freebook

Imagining the Future City: London 2062 I #smartcities #sustainability #freebook | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

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.


Via Claudia Mihai
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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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Limited Urban Growth: London's Street Network Dynamics since the 18th Century I #smarcities #dataviz

Limited Urban Growth: London's Street Network Dynamics since the 18th Century I #smarcities #dataviz | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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The problem of city boundariesWhen analysing urban structure, we consider the city as being composed of many layers of infrastructure which underpin its social and economic functioning [22]. These are interconnected and coevolve, and lead to many different definitions of the city's physical extent. Thus the definition of a city can be quite blurred with respect to these layers. Cities are usually analysed within their administrative boundaries, or within the extent of their urbanised area defined in terms of their population densities [23], [24]. Nevertheless, a precise definition of a city's physical extent is crucial to any statistical analysis and extremely relevant when measuring fundamental relations, as for example in Gibrat's law and Zipf's Law [9], [23], [25]. Here we deal with a city, London, which has been capacitated by an artificial boundary imposed to limit its growth and as such, it is representative of a number of world cities such as Paris, São Paulo, Hong Kong, and Seoul, that are similarly constrained.City growth as a street network can be understood as the coevolution of two distinct phenomena, based on the hierarchy of its roads. On the one hand, we have the growth of major roads (including motorways, class A and class B roads) and, on the other, the growth of minor roads. A and B roads represent the backbone of the city, concentrating the main flows of people and materials sustaining the city. Minor roads divide the blocks created by the A and B roads into smaller areas, and are mainly devoted to local residential and business use [26].

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#SmartCities of the future I #urban #bigdata

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The concept of the smart city emerged during the last decade as a fusion of ideas about how information and communications technologies might improve the functioning of cities, enhancing their efficiency, improving their competitiveness, and providing new ways in which problems of poverty, social deprivation, and poor envi- ronment might be addressed [26]. The essence of the idea revolves around the need to coordinate and integrate technologies that have hitherto been developed separately from one another but have clear synergies in their operation and need to be coupled so that many new opportunities which will improve the quality of life can be realized. The term smart city in fact has many faces [40]. Intelligent cities, virtual cities, digital cities, information cities are all perspectives on the idea that ICT is central to the operation of the future city [1]. Our research will embrace this challenge in the belief that coupling, coordination and integration are required so that future and emerging technologies can best be exploited in the interests of the community at large. An essential strand in our approach is to use ICT to engage the community through diverse instruments and initiatives that build upon online engagement in solving the key problems of cities, using the kinds of computer-based tools, techniques, methods and organisational structures that we will research here. To focus our research, we define seven goals. 

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#SmartCities: innovation in energy will drive #sustainable cities

#SmartCities: innovation in energy will drive #sustainable cities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

'Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. Urbanisation is only set to increase, cities house half the world's population today but are set to host three quarters in 2050.

To cope with this continued urban growth we will need to invent new ways to manage cities and make them more effective. The convergence between digital technology and the world of energy, or Energy 3.0, will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption.'


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Empowering people in smart cities

In the same way that the IT revolution has been driven by consumer needs, so too will the energy revolution. As blogs, social networks and video platforms have enabled people to produce information and customise their content, new technologies will make possible energy self-production and customisation of energy usages and consumption.

 

Smart cities will also enable the use of open data which will create new urban services such as better transport connections, accident risk warnings and home monitoring for part-time and full-time carers. Local councils will have greater responsibility for ensuring the collection and the public availability of this data.

 

Furthermore, by leveraging this data, businesses will be able to offer personalised services for users, for example smart meter data could permit utilities to offer new tariffs, such as time-of use pricing which will encourage end-users to use energy in off-peak times when it is cheaper.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:37 AM

I think local focus and efforts will indeed be where sustainability will come from in the long run.

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Against the #SmartCity | #algorithms

Against the #SmartCity | #algorithms | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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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Doris Sung explains the tech behind her breathing, eco-friendly architecture (video) | #smartcities

Doris Sung explains the tech behind her breathing, eco-friendly architecture (video) | #smartcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Doris Sung has spent the past few years designing "breathing" architecture that adapts to environmental conditions.
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Doris Sung has spent the past few years designing "breathing" architecture that adapts to environmental conditions. Thanks to an overview of her work at The Creators Project, we now have a simple explanation of how Sung creates these responsive structures. Her walls and windows are based on multi-layer metal "skins" that curl when certain layers react to heat -- the brighter the sun shines, the wider the skins open to let colder air through. Special software shapes each panel to maximize the cooling effect, even for very curvy surfaces. Sung's approach hasn't seen much real-world use so far, but she hopes for energy-efficient buildings that need very little air conditioning to remain comfortable.

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5 Ways Cities Are Using #BigData | #smartcities

5 Ways Cities Are Using #BigData | #smartcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Big data's kind of a big deal. Here's how a few cities and using mass information to make their residents' lives a little easier.
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New York City released more than 200 high-value data sets to the public on Monday — a way, in part, to provide more content for open-sourced mapping projects likeOpenStreetMap.

 

It's one of the many releases since the Local Law 11 of 2012 passed in February, which calls for more transparency of the city government's collected data.

 

SEE ALSO: 5 Big Data Projects That Could Impact Your Life

 

But it's not just New York: Cities across the world, large and small, are utilizing big data sets — like traffic statistics, energy consumption rates and GPS mapping — to launch projects to help their respective communities.

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#Urban interaction design? Nobody is a stranger

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by Manu Fernández, UrbanIxD Advisory Board member, founder of Human Scale
City and author of Ciudades a Escala
Humana blog

It was shocking when Michael invited me to join the Advisory Board of
UrbanIxD.

Via bart rosseau
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It was shocking when Michael invited me to join the Advisory Board of UrbanIxD. My background is far from interaction design and actually I am more comfortable around books and writing my thoughts on urban issues than messing with devices, plugs, monitors... But it seemed a good way to be involved somehow in a project that perfectly matched some of my worries about the lack of common grounds to look at cities, at what happens in cities in a daily basis, from a wide range of perspectives. A project working on urban interaction, almost shaping and conceptualizing this emerging topic, brings together different fields of knowledge related to urban issues and that is much-needed. In these times that a banal understanding of what smart cities mean is wide-spreading, projects like UrbanIxD make sense and are welcome to break the silos that are preventing us to connect the dots of many different approaches to urban interaction that must explore together where we are heading to.

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