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#Urban interaction design? Nobody is a stranger

#Urban interaction design? Nobody is a stranger | The urban.NET |
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

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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How The Internet of Things Will Create a Smart World | #Smartcities

How The Internet of Things Will Create a Smart World | #Smartcities | The urban.NET |
The Internet of Things refers to objects that can be uniquely identified via an IP-address and all of them are connected to the Internet.

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The Internet of Things is an important trend within big data. Within a few years we will have to talk in Brontobytes when we discuss data coming from sensors in the smart world of the future. The Internet of Things refers to objects that can be uniquely identified via an IP-address and all of them are connected to the Internet. Objects (which can be anything from a car, to a chair or a bottle of soda) that are equipped with identifiers can be managed and inventoried by computers and algorithms. These objects contain sensors and the data theses sensors collect are shared with an Internet-like structure. All those devices connected to the internet will create a smart world that will change the way societies work. Libelium created market research document with 50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World and they compiled all those sensor applications into one infographic

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Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes | #dataviz #urban

Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes | #dataviz #urban | The urban.NET |

Corporate real estate data offers unexpectedly riveting views into the past.


Calgary-based real estate company Cube Cities has put together a series of 3-D animations that offer a mesmerizing look at the development of the modern cityscapes of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Calgary, and Toronto. The videos overlay developer-reported data on construction dates on 3-D mapping technology from Google Earth.

Cube Cities is a new company focused on combining commercial real estate listings with Google Earth visualizations, in an effort to provide customers with a better idea of how prospective office space fits into a city's landscape. After signing up, you can zoom around and get a sense of, say, the views overlooking the Chicago River from the 40th floor of a specific skyscraper.

Developers used the video project to play around with representation models, so each of the videos use slightly different methods to indicate new buildings. In a particularly cool effect, the San Francisco animation begins with clear outlines of the current skyline, and viewers watch as the phantom city turns solid as time moves forward.

Via Lauren Moss
Francois Brosseau's curator insight, August 13, 2014 4:42 PM

Demand for office space by corporate tenants and businesses have fueled the growth of cities and their changing skylines.  We can indeed give credit to visionary developers taking on the development risk, but at the very root of development is demand which arises from the success of corporate and business tenants.

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Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic) | #smartcities

Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic) | #smartcities | The urban.NET |

For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future.

 In the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned “arcology” - a word that combines “architecture” and “ecology," with a goal of building structures to house large populations in self-contained environments with a self-sustaining economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri)

Via Lauren Moss
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For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future as giant structures that contain entire metropolises. To some, these buildings present the best means for cities to exist in harmony with nature, while others forsee grotesque monstrosities destructive to the human spirit. In the mid-20th century, engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller imagined city-enclosing plastic domes and enormous housing projects resembling nuclear cooling towers. These ideas are impractical but they explore the limits of conventional architectural thinking.  Science fiction writers and artists often imagine future architecture that oppresses the human spirit. Megastructures such as the pyramid-like Tyrell Buildings of “Blade Runner” dominate a decrepit skyline. The decaying old city is simply covered with layers of newer, larger buildings in a process of “retrofitting.” Beginning in the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned a more humane approach. The word “arcology” is a combination of “architecture” and “ecology.” The goal is to build megastructures that would house a population of a million or more people, but in a self-contained environment with its own economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri) In 1996, a group of 75 Japanese corporations commissioned Soleri to design the one-kilometer-tall Hyper Bulding, a vertical city for 100,000 people. Existing in harmony with nature, the Hyper Building was designed to recycle waste, produce food in greenhouses, and use the sun’s light and heat for power and climate control.  The structure was designed for passive heating and cooling without the need for machinery. An economic recession put the brakes on the project and it was never built. Soleri’s arcology concept is being put to the test in the Arcosanti experimental community being built in Arizona. Construction began in 1970. When complete the town will house 5,000 people. Buildings are composed of locally produced concrete and are designed to capture sunlight and heat. To be built in the desert near Abu Dhabi, Masdar is a 2.3-square-mile (6 sq km) planned city of 40,000 residents. Buildings are designed to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, and the city will run entirely on solar power and renewable energy. Begun in 2006, the project is planned for completion around 2020-2025.
Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 9, 2013 5:44 AM

Amazing and beautiful analysis!! Believe it or not, the science fiction also has something to teach us about the city of tomorrow.

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NYC's Innovative New Map System Won't Leave You Lost | #smartcities #dataviz

NYC's Innovative New Map System Won't Leave You Lost | #smartcities #dataviz | The urban.NET |

Even for the most direction-savvy New Yorker, emerging from the dark pit of the subway can be a disorienting experience. New York City streets are bright, they’re loud, oftentimes they’re smelly, and worst of all, maps are virtually non-existent. Or at least that used to be the case.


Just this week, the Department of Transportation unveiled its WalkNYC initiative, a program that will bring comprehensive pedestrian maps to all five boroughs. In a city where an estimated 30 percent of all trips are made by foot and one out of every three locals can’t tell north from south, they’re probably going to come in handy.


Though NYC’s public transportation is top-notch and we are technically on a grid, it’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed when traveling by foot. That’s why the DOT enlisted the help of PentaCityGroup, a consortium of urban planners, engineers, designers, cartographers and geographical information specialists, to solve the problem.

Their goal? To create an information-packed map that would orient pedestrians and help them find the gems each NYC neighborhood has to offer. The first of these new information kiosks was installed earlier this week in Chinatown (they’re already located at every Citi Bike station), and it’s expected that others will be popping up in midtown Manhattan, Long Island City in Queens and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn this summer

Via Lauren Moss
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If the style of these maps looks familiar, that’s because it is. The design team wanted to marry the current design to the graphic language that was was established for the subway system in the late 1960s. The typeface is still Helvetica (albeit with a slight twist–the type’s square dots are now round) and it uses the same organizational conventions (white type on a dark background). “All of this was deliberately echoing the way the subways look,” Bierut explains. “We wanted people to be able to ride the subway, come out and orient themselves.” Bierut says the design of the maps is meant to be accurate, trustworthy and friendly. But not too friendly—this is New York City, after all. “We wanted these things to be beautiful in a way, but also characteristic of the best of New York.”

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great...can't wait to try these...
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Cities are a new kind of complex system: Part social reactor, part network | #smartcities #complexcities

Cities are a new kind of complex system: Part social reactor, part network | #smartcities #complexcities | The urban.NET |
Scientists have derived a series of mathematical formulas that describe how cities' properties vary in relation to their population size, and then posits a novel unified, quantitative framework for understanding how cities function and grow.

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New research by Santa Fe Institute Professor Luis Bettencourt suggests a city is something new in nature -- a sort of social reactor that is part star and part network, he says.


"It's an entirely new kind of complex system that we humans have created," he says. "We have intuitively invented the best way to create vast social networks embedded in space and time, and keep them growing and evolving without having to stop. When that is possible, a social species can sustain ways of being incredibly inventive and productive."


In a paper published this week in Science, Bettencourt derives a series of mathematical formulas that describe how cities' properties vary in relation to their population size, and then posits a novel unified, quantitative framework for understanding how cities function and grow.

His resulting theoretical framework predicts very closely dozens of statistical relationships observed in thousands of real cities around the world for which reliable data are available.


"As more people lead urban lives and the number and size of cities expand everywhere, understanding more quantitatively how cities function is increasingly important," Bettencourt says. "Only with a much better understanding of what cities are will we be able to seize the opportunities that cities create and try to avoid some of the immense problems they present. This framework is a step toward a better grasp of the functioning of cities everywhere."

judycurtis's curator insight, June 23, 2013 3:58 PM

New, fascinating research led by Luis Bettencourt and the Santa Fe Institute's Cities & Urbanization research team has bearing on the Smart Cities concept. In a paper published in the magazine Science (week of June 20, 2013) Bettencourt proposes a framework for understanding how cities function and grow.


His framework has practical implications for planners and policy makers, he says. The paper shows how obstacles to socialization, such as crime or segregation, and enablers that promote the ability of people to connect, such as transportation and electricity, all become part of the same equation.

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In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | | #smartobjets #smartcities

In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | | #smartobjets #smartcities | The urban.NET |
We are surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Soon we'll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, and even save our lives.
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On a 5-acre plot in Great Falls, Virginia, less than a mile’s stroll through ex­urban scrub from the wide Potomac River, Alex Hawkinson has breathed life into a lifeless object. He has given his house, a sprawling six-bedroom Tudor, what you might describe as a nervous system: a network linking together the home’s very sinews, its walls and ceilings and windows and doors. He has made these parts move, let them coalesce as a bodily whole, by giving them a way to talk among themselves. Open a telnet session in the house’s digital hub and you can actually spy on his chattering stuff, hear what it says when no one’s listening:




















This is the language of the future: tiny, intelligent things all around us, coordinating their activities. Coffeepots that talk to alarm clocks. Thermostats that talk to motion sensors. Factory machines that talk to the power grid and to boxes of raw material. A decade after Wi-Fi put all our computers on a wireless network—and half a decade after the smartphone revolution put a series of pocket-size devices on that network—we are seeing the dawn of an era when the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves, performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before.

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A Sustainable, Innovative Proposal for Taichung City Cultural Centre in Taiwan | #smartcities

A Sustainable, Innovative Proposal for Taichung City Cultural Centre in Taiwan | #smartcities | The urban.NET |

The team of architects from Maxthreads Architectural Design & Planning designed the Taichung City Cultural Centre with the aim of combining nature and innovative technology.


The project defines the northern arrival gateway to Taichung Gateway Park, providing a public hub to the overall master plan. An iconic visual corridor connects the Transportation Centre to the main cultural district of the city through a vibrant pubic space, creating an unconventional and exceptional gathering space for visitors and inhabitants.

Maxthreads’ proposal introduces a strong relationship between the exterior and interior public spaces integrating into the Taichung Gateway Park. The Cultural Centre is designed in conjunction with Taichung Gateway park, and includes the integration of culture, education, tourism, environmental conservation, carbon reduction, energy conservation and sustainability.

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The Limits of Big Data in the Big City | #smartcities

The Limits of Big Data in the Big City | #smartcities | The urban.NET |
Why high-tech “solutions” can’t solve many of our most pressing urban problems.
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But higher tech is not always essential tech. Cities could instead be making savvier investments in cheaper technology that may work better to stoke civic involvement than the more complicated, expensive products being peddled by information-technology developers.


Of course, you’d never hear such an idea from the likes of I.B.M., which has plastered airports with ads about how its consultants help municipalities cut costs with its “Smarter Cities” analytics platform, or Cisco, which has teamed with Toyota and other companies to sponsor annual conferences about how to automate cars and gather information on urban activity through streetlight-mounted sensors. For these companies, the more complicated the technology, the more cities can save — aside, of course, from the eye-popping price tags of the technology itself.


To be sure, big tech can zap some city weaknesses. According to I.B.M., its predictive-analysis technology, which examines historical data to estimate the next crime hot spots, has helped Memphis lower its violent crime rate by 30 percent.


But many problems require a decidedly different approach. Take the seven-acre site in Lower Manhattan called the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, where 1,000 mixed-income apartments are set to rise. A working-class neighborhood that fell to bulldozers in 1969, it stayed bare as co-ops nearby filled with affluent families, including my own.

In 2010, with the city ready to invite developers to bid for the site, long-simmering tensions between nearby public-housing tenants and wealthier dwellers like me turned suddenly — well, civil.


What changed? Was it some multimillion-dollar “open democracy” platform from Cisco, or a Big Data program to suss out the community’s real priorities? Nope. According to Dominic Pisciotta Berg, then the chairman of the local community board, it was plain old e-mail, and the dialogue it facilitated. “We simply set up an e-mail box dedicated to receiving e-mail comments” on the renewal project, and organizers would then “pull them together by comment type and then consolidate them for display during the meetings,” he said. “So those who couldn’t be there had their voices considered and those who were there could see them up on a screen and adopted, modified or rejected.”

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The too-smart city - The Boston Globe. #smartcities

The too-smart city - The Boston Globe. #smartcities | The urban.NET |
The smart city has become a buzzword in urban planning and university engineering departments, and a topic of breathless coverage in science and business magazines.
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The ultimate vision is a city that is hyperefficient, easy to navigate, and free of waste—and which is constantly collecting data to help it handle emergencies, disasters, and crime. “The idea here is to improve the quality of life for citizens,” says Dave Bartlett, vice president of industry solutions at IBM. As a city like Boston becomes more fully wired, the vision is to link its isolated systems to make them more powerful, merging functions like safety surveillance, traffic counting, and environmental monitoring into a shared stream of data that turns the city into almost an organism of its own.


But critics watching these developments—and listening to the dreams of its visionaries—see something else at work as well: a massive shift in urban priorities conducted largely out of the public eye. Many of them compare the networks being built today to the way cities were redesigned for car travel in the first half of the 20th century: As dirt roads were paved, then widened, then run through neighborhoods, and raised into overpasses, they remapped cities completely, for better and worse. Smart-city infrastructure like software, sensors, and networked systems may seem more ephemeral than a highway or a water supply, but its legacy will similarly shape how cities work for the next generation.

These critics are advocating not that cities shun technology, but that they foster a more open debate about how best to adopt it—and a public airing of the questions cities need to ask. One question is how deeply cities rely on private companies to set up and maintain the systems they run on.


Smart-city projects rely on sophisticated infrastructure that municipal governments aren’t capable of creating themselves, Townsend points out, arguing that the more they rely on software, the more cities are increasingly shunting important civic functions and information into private hands. In recent talks and in his upcoming book, “Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia,” Townsend portrays companies as rushing to become the indispensable middlemen without which the city cannot function.

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Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights #smartcities

Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights #smartcities | The urban.NET |
Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a tower with a façade composed of multiple wind-driven generators.


Thousands of wind turbines will produce enough energy to power the entire building. At night, the diamond-shaped generators are lit with thousands of LED lights incorporated into the building envelope.

The 350-meter (1,150-foot) structure, in Taichung City, China, will house the city’s Department of Urban Development, as well as commercial activities.

The tower’s façade, inspired by the plum blossom — China and Taiwan's  national flower – reacts to changes in direction and intensity of the wind, creating a truly dynamic visual effect. Similarly, mechanical wind power generators have LEDs, illuminating the façade and producing a pulsating flow of light, whose intensity and color adjust to correspond to changes in temperature and season.


The wind harnessing capability, along with the lighting that responds to local atmospheric conditions, makes this conceptual tower a true “decoder of nature.”

Via Lauren Moss
Federico Morabito's comment, May 18, 2013 5:41 AM
This is an example of "Smart Progress" is in an effort to channel the interests of research towards evolutionary solutions, through systematic monitoring of the quality process of mental and physical state of the individual with the 'environment.
Edmund Chan's comment, May 19, 2013 12:45 AM
What about routine maintenance ?
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Comment mesurer l’impact de l’ouverture des données ?

Comment mesurer l’impact de l’ouverture des données ? | The urban.NET |
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Thème : Les perspectives de développement autour de l'Open Data
Type : Retour d'expérience

Jeudi 30 Mai 2013, de 16h15 à 18h15

Salle Paris

L’impact de l’ouverture des informations publiques ne peut se mesurer par des indicateurs simples. En effet, le service public est le premier bénéficiaire de l’ouverture des informations publiques : la démarche d’ouverture s’inscrit dans une réflexion sur le processus de modernisation globale, autour des  systèmes d’information, la gouvernance des données, l’organisation des process pour rationaliser et uniformiser la production de données. En parallèle, en contribuant à la transparence de l’action publique, la démarche d’ouverture des données doit aussi contribuer à l’efficacité et la responsabilité des politiques. Enfin, les informations publiques constituent une opportunité sans équivalent pour concevoir des produits ou services à valeur ajoutée, promouvoir de nouveaux usages et susciter ainsi la création de nouvelles activités économiques, au  niveau local comme au niveau national voire européen.

A partir de retours d’expériences d’organismes publics, de collectivités et de réutilisateurs, cette session explorera les différentes facettes de l’ouverture des données pour en appréhender les bénéfices.

Animateur : Romain Lacombe, Chargé de l’innovation et du développement , EtaLab

Intervenants :

Jean-Philippe Grelot, Directeur général adjoint , IGN

Mathieu Jeandron, Chef du Service stratégie - urbanisation, DISIC - SGMAP

Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO, Open Data Soft

François Le Pivain, Chargé de mission Open Data, Conseil Général des Hauts-de-Seine

Les principes de l'open data au coeur de la transformation des entreprises

A l'ère des apps, aucune organisation, publique ou privée, ne dispose à elle seule de toutes les données nécessaires au développement des services attendus par ses administrés, ses clients, ses collaborateurs. Besoin en données et économie du web réunis poussent donc les acteurs publics ou les entreprises à s'engager dans l'open data comme nécessité pour innover rapidement.


Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO, Open Data Soft

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CLIMATE CHANGE Toronto (CCT) MIT #CoLAb #collectiveintelligence

CLIMATE CHANGE Toronto (CCT) MIT #CoLAb #collectiveintelligence | The urban.NET |
The topic will be on the Climate CoLab and the theory of Collective Intelligence (CI ) in finding solutions to climate change that otherwise would not have been developed.
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The topic will be on the Climate CoLab and the theory of Collective Intelligence (CI ) in finding solutions to climate change that otherwise would not have been developed.

Collective Intelligence is a theory that describes a type of shared or group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration of many individuals.

Laur Fisher from the MIT Climate CoLab will give a 20 minute presentation on the CoLab and CI to set the context, and then open the meeting to conversation and dialogue. Some thought-provoking questions will be proposed by Laur to begin the discussion.


For more information about the Climate CoLab go to


Detail about the theory of collective intellegence is at

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Datascaping And Designing With Information | #dataviz #urbanism

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

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...

Via Lauren Moss
burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:28 AM
Pretty simple..
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The Real-Time City? #BigData and Smart Urbanism by Rob Kitchin | #smartcities #AR

The Real-Time City? #BigData and Smart Urbanism by Rob Kitchin | #smartcities #AR | The urban.NET |

‘Smart cities’ is a term that has gained traction in academia, business and government to describe cities that, on the one hand, are increasingly composed of and monitored by pervasive and ubiquitous computing and, on the other, whose economy and governance is being driven by innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, enacted by smart people. This paper focuses on the former and how cities are being instrumented with digital devices and infrastructure that produce ‘big data’ which enable real-time analysis of city life, new modes of technocratic urban governance, and a re-imagining of cities. The paper details a number of projects that seek to produce a real-time analysis of the city and provides a critical reflection on the implications of big data and smart urbanism.

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The term ‘smart city’ has been variously defined within the literature, but can broadly be divided into two distinct but related understandings as to what makes a city ‘smart’. On the one hand, the notion of a ‘smart city’ refers to the increasing extent to which urban places are composed of ‘everyware’ (Greenfield 2006); that is, pervasive and ubiquitous computing and digitally instrumented devices built into the very fabric of urban environments (e.g., fixed and wireless telecoms networks, digitally controlled utility services and transport infrastructure, sensor and camera networks, building management systems, and so on) that are used to monitor, manage and regulate city flows and processes, often in real-time, and mobile computing (e.g., smart phones) used by many urban citizens to engage with and navigate the city which themselves produce data about their users (such as location and activity). Connecting up, integrating and analysing the information produced by these various forms of everyware, it is argued, provides a more cohesive and smart understanding of the city that enhances efficiency and sustainability (Hancke et al., 2013, Townsend 2013) and provides rich seams of data that can used to better depict, model and predict urban processes and simulate the likely outcomes of future urban development (Schaffers et al., 2011; Batty et al., 2012). Everyware thus works to make a city knowable and controllable in new, more fine-grained, dynamic and interconnected ways that “improve[s] the performance and delivery of public services while supporting access and participation” (Allwinkle and Cruickshank 2011: 2). It also provides the supporting infrastructure for business activity and growth and stimulates new forms of entrepreneurship, especially with respect to the service and knowledge economy. 

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Google Campus Dublin by Henry J. Lyons Architects

Google Campus Dublin by Henry J. Lyons Architects | The urban.NET |

Masterplanned by the Swiss architecture studio Camenzind Evolution in collaboration with local firm Henry J. Lyons Architects, the campus represents the Google EU Headquarters and serves as the center for sales and finances in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).


Sustainability is a key focus area for Google and indeed all Google real estate projects work to LEED accreditation. The Google Dublin Campus is currently awaiting the prestigious LEED Gold and LEED Platinum certification.

Via Lauren Moss
Sheridan Tatsuno's comment, July 9, 2013 1:24 PM
Nice design! Will they offer open innovation programs?
The Team @ E-Side's comment, July 10, 2013 5:35 AM
Lots of green, we are wondering if they managed to include low-toxic, sustainable furniture as well.
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Brendan Dawes - EE - Digital City Portraits

Brendan Dawes - EE - Digital City Portraits | The urban.NET |
Interaction Design

Via Guilhes Damian, Jesse Soininen
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For the launch of 4G services in eleven UK cities, EE commissioned me to create a digital portrait for each city, formed from millions of bits of data as people talked and interacted about the biggest events of the day.


Based on the same mathematics that create the head of a Sunflower, time explodes outwards from the centre with each point representing one minute giving a possible 4320 points – the number of minutes in three days – to cover the day before, during and after the launch of 4G.

The three days worth of data was searched for various keywords that were hot talking points at the time, including Skyfall, Hurricane Sandy, money, together with localised subjects for each city.


Even though each piece uses the same system to generate the images, each one is unique, both from a density of data point of view but also from what was being talked about.


In the London image you can clearly see when Hurricane Sandy hit in New york, and even when Obama visited the city to inspect the damage. It's also evident that only a day later hardly anybody was talking about the hurricane, showing the transient nature of social media, even for large global events.


Each piece is a 40" x 77" Lambda print, Diasec mounted on Aluminium.

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Pour absorber sa formidable croissance, Mumbaï ne cesse de prendre de la hauteur. Aujourd'hui les tours sont réservées à la classe supérieure et surtout moyenne supérieure. Mais demain, les bidons-villes pourraient-ils prendre - eux aussi - de la hauteur ? C'est l'hypothèse de la jeune Faiza Kahn à travers "Introspective for a new housetype". 

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#supergrids : High Voltage DC Switch Enables Supergrids for Renewable Energy | MIT

#supergrids : High Voltage DC Switch Enables Supergrids for Renewable Energy  | MIT | The urban.NET |
A high-power circuit breaker could finally make DC power grids practical.
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The Swiss conglomerate ABB has solved the main technical hurdle to such grids. It has developed a practical high-voltage DC circuit breaker that disconnects parts of the grid that have a problem, allowing the rest to keep working.


DC grids would be more efficient at connecting far-flung sources of renewable energy, allowing utilities to average out local variations in wind and solar power while bringing power to areas without much sunshine or wind. Solar power from the Sahara could power cloudy Germany, and wind power from all over Europe could keep the lights on at night. The result: more reliable renewable energy that can better compete with fossil fuels.

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La « WikiCity » : partir de « l’intelligence collective » et des usages pour repenser la ville | #smartcities

La « WikiCity » : partir de « l’intelligence collective » et des usages pour repenser la ville | #smartcities | The urban.NET |
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Le modèle de « WikiCity » 

La ville d’Amsterdam a décidé de s’inspirer de cette démarche d’« open planification » pour construire un nouveau modèle de planification qui fait la part belle, tout au long des projets, aux initiatives citoyennes. Autrement dit, un processus davantage « bottom-up ». C’est ainsi qu’est né le concept de WikiCity, dont le nom est inspiré de la célèbre encyclopédie en ligne Wikipedia. Pourquoi cette filiation ? Car Wikipedia est un site ouvert à tous, souple et modulable, où chacun peut participer et apporter son savoir dans le but d’en enrichir sans cesse le contenu. Car malgré certaines erreurs inévitables qui émaillent ses articles, Wikipedia est bien plus complète et précise qu’une encyclopédie rédigée par un petit comité d’experts. « Cela paraît peut-être peu rentable de construire une encyclopédie grâce à l’intervention de millions de contributeurs. Néanmoins, le résultat est là : c’est efficace, cela fonctionne. Alors pourquoi ne pas adapter ce concept en créant un nouveau modèle de planification urbaine lui aussi ouvert aux citoyens, à leurs contributions, à leurs connaissances ? C’est ce qui a conduit notre réflexion ». « Aujourd’hui, les citoyens sont les experts. Ils sont éduqués, utilisent quotidiennement les NTIC, connaissent parfaitement leur environnement... Nous avons donc tout intérêt à penser la ville de demain avec eux et de profiter de ce ‘’cerveau collectif’. explique Zef Hemel, Directeur adjoint du département de planification de la Ville d’Amsterdam.

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10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat

10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat | The urban.NET |

From a solar mansion in China to a floating farm in New York, green buildings are sprouting up in cities around the world. Among their many benefits are curbing fossil-fuel use and reducing the urban heat island effect.


The Science Barge is a floating environmental education classroom and greenhouse on the Hudson River in New York. Fueled by solar power, wind, and biofuels, the barge, which was built in 2007, has zero carbon emissions.

Vegetables are grown hydroponically in an effort to preserve natural resources and adapt to urban environments, where healthy soil, or soil at all, is hard to come by. Rainwater and treated river water are used for irrigation.

The owner of the barge—New York Sun Works—designed it as a prototype for closed-loop and self-sufficient rooftop gardens in urban areas.


Visit the link for more examples of green urban projects and intiatives...

Via Lauren Moss, John Boitnott
Norm Miller's curator insight, June 2, 2013 10:39 AM

If the waters rise we could move those in places like New Orleans to floating cities?  or maybe we should move some of the policitians there and cut them loose?

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5 Examples of Sustainable Roof Design Strategies

5 Examples of Sustainable Roof Design Strategies | The urban.NET |

As we move further into the early years of the 21st century, there is a growing consciousness of the need to create more sustainable systems to maintain our society.


Natural resources have for too long been exploited and utilized with little regard for posterity. Our cities and towns require large amounts of outside support, but there are many minds coming together to develop new plans and techniques to revitalize our civilization and reduce our environmental impact. One of the major trends leading this movement is to create change from the top down, and make our rooftops pull their weight ecologically and economically.

Via Lauren Moss
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ESTAR's curator insight, May 29, 2013 5:58 PM

Los números no mienten, la temperatura del aire puede bajar con techos verdes

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Paolo Soleri and the cities of the future

Paolo Soleri and the cities of the future | The urban.NET |

Paolo Soleri, who died last month at 93, transformed the way people imagine cities of the future. You've probably seen some of his concepts without realizing it. He even built an experimental city in Arizona, called Arcosanti. We've got a gallery of his drawings and designs, some of which have never been online before.

Via Luca Baptista
ParadigmGallery's curator insight, May 22, 2013 9:39 AM

Dr. Soleri, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1940s, developed a philosophy he called arcology — architecture coupled with ecology —NY Times Obituary  goes on to say, Dr. Soleri’s basic idea was that architecture and ecology are inseparable in their effect on people.......

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The Morphing City. Visualization model #dataviz #visualization The Morphing City is a visualization study where a city mutates its shape accordingly with the traffic on its main arteries. Those morphs tend…
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This visualization model was executed for the city of Lisbon. To attain it, topological information was gathered from OpenStreetMap to build a skeleton for the city based on its main arteries. The bones of the skeleton are springs that get compressed or distended accordingly with the detected velocities over it. Those distortions affect all the neighboring points and springs as the system is all interconnected.


The data concerning the velocities was gathered in the context of the CityMotion project, and it pays respect to 1534 vehicles in the city of Lisbon during October 2009. That data was averaged to a single day, and aggregated by periods of one hour. Those periods overlap in 50min, meaning that they are iterated by ticks of 10min.


What is being displayed are the distortions on each artery that affect the entire city. If the current speed on that artery is below its average global speed, the artery is compressed (the higher the velocity, the smaller the perceived distance). Similarly, if the speed is over the computed (during pre processing) global average, the artery is distended. The colors also reflect those distortions, with positive deviations translating warm colors, and negative deviations translating cold colors.


Another way to perceive the morphs in the city during the day it's the deformed grid on the bottom right corner of the artifact.


It's interesting to notice how the city stays compressed during the evening, and how it abruptly expands during the rush hours: 8h-9h and 18h-19h. It's also interesting to see that the 8h-9h period is by far the most problematic.

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Sobre la tecnología, el futuro y la ciencia-ficción

Sobre la tecnología, el futuro y la ciencia-ficción | The urban.NET |
A veces, resulta interesante detenerse y poner el escenario tecnológico en perspectiva.

Via L. García Aretio, juandoming
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En el caso de Google Glass, que posee una plataforma de desarrollo abierta para desarrolladores, todo es cuestión de que simplemente un desarrollador tenga ganas de ponerse a crear dicha aplicación, ni siquiera tendría que ser la propia Google quien lo hiciera (existe ya una aplicación para tomar fotos con Glass simplemente guiñando un ojo, una función que Google en principio no había incorporado al dispositivo y que posibilita un uso más subrepticio). Eso sí, a la hora de pagar el café que hipotéticamente te estuvieses tomando con esa persona, tendrías que sacar tu cartera y usar monedas, billetes o una tarjeta de crédito: tu Klout todavía sirve para más bien poco a la hora de pagar.

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