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L.A. Uses Big Data to Map Energy Block by Block | MIT Technology Review

L.A. Uses Big Data to Map Energy Block by Block | MIT Technology Review | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Interactive Data Visualization App Sheds Light on Energy Use and Inefficient Buildings.

Via Siarhei Mardovich
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The University of California at Los Angeles today published a map that brings some clarity to how the city uses electricity, block by block.


For consumers, the interactive map shows how each block compares to others and consumption patterns by season. But the Web app is more directly aimed at the municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and city planners. The map overlays census and land use information so people can see how income levels affect electricity use and the difference between single family, multi-family, and commercial buildings. Privacy is protected by only showing data at the block level rather than individual buildings.


With the data, the utility could develop more finely tuned programs to improve efficiency, such as retrofits targeted at high energy users or low-income neighborhoods, says project manager Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. It could also shed light on how buildings of a certain age perform and be combined with other data sources, such as projections for high heat days from climate change, she added.


The application is a prime example of how data visualizations can bring some order to understanding building energy. In the U.S., about 40 percent of energy (not just electricity) is consumed in buildings. Some experts estimated that between 30 percent and 50 percent is wasted. Columbia University last year did a similar mapping project to shed some light on the dynamics of energy use and to inform policies and foster the exchange of ideas. 

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Why we should enable the autocatalytic city

Why we should enable the autocatalytic city | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

In this modern age, we think of cities as large institutions or machines. We talk about their failures as failures of management, coordination, governance. We think we could have "better" cities if we could only tune the machine to make it more "efficient." The machine model is implicit in the popular language around "smart cities." The promise is that shiny, smart boxes will figure out how to make our cities tick by smoothing traffic flow, monitoring crime and allocating power through smart grids.
We need to think again. Urban centers are evolving organisms, not engineering problems. Although we are able to control parts of a city -- central business districts, mass-transit systems, water distribution -- we will never hold and understand the whole. Cities are dynamic, complex-adaptive systems composed of millions of relatively free-willed individuals who each day make hundreds of individual decisions that set in motion consequences leading to a million other decisions.


Via Viktor Markowski, Complexity Digest
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That call, though, rests on an unquestioned assumption about cities. In this modern age, we think of cities as large institutions or machines. We talk about their failures as failures of management, coordination, governance. We think we could have "better" cities if we could only tune the machine to make it more "efficient." The machine model is implicit in the popular language around "smart cities." The promise is that shiny, smart boxes will figure out how to make our cities tick by smoothing traffic flow, monitoring crime and allocating power through smart grids.

 

We need to think again. Urban centers are evolving organisms, not engineering problems. Although we are able to control parts of a city -- central business districts, mass-transit systems, water distribution -- we will never hold and understand the whole. Cities are dynamic, complex-adaptive systems composed of millions of relatively free-willed individuals who each day make hundreds of individual decisions that set in motion consequences leading to a million other decisions.....

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Viktor Markowski's curator insight, March 30, 2013 10:12 AM

Bottom-up growth, driven by citizens, trumps central command.

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City Protocol, nuevo protocolo para las Smart Cities |

City Protocol, nuevo protocolo para las Smart Cities | | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
La empresa GDF SUEZ, Cisco y el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona quieren impulsar la certificación City Protocol que podría ser usada por cualquier ciudad.

Via Toni Sánchez, xkortazar, Territori, Anna Melchor
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El City Protocol, va un poco más allá, ya que se trata de un nuevo marco de trabajo abierto, para las ciudades de todo el mundo para evaluar y mejorar el esfuerzo en materia de sostenibilidad ambiental, la calidad de vida y servicios de la ciudad, innovando y aplicando nuevas formas de participación de la sociedad y mediante el aprovechamiento de las tecnologías de la comunicación (TIC).

 

City Protocol está desarrollado de la misma forma que se hizo en su momento con IP (Internet Protocol), se establece un protocolo que se base en la comunidad global, que englobe el desarrollo urbano de una forma integrada de todas las ciudades.

 

También se creará también una organización, City Protocol Society que representará empresas, centros de investigación y un gran conjunto de universidades que apoyan este proyecto y de distintas maneras participarán en el desarrollo de este protocolo de ciudades.

 

Como muestra de este compromiso, Barcelona ha puesto en marcha un Smart City Campus en la zona de renovación urbana del 22@, que será un espacio de innovación urbana que aglutinará empresas, instituciones, universidades y centros tecnológicos

 

El pasado mes de julio se celebró en Barcelona, el workshop sobre City Protocol, en el que colaboraron las ciudades de Amsterdam, Boston, Buenos Aires, Busan, Copenhagen, Derby, Dublin, Genova , Helsinki, Hyderabad, Istambul , Lima, Livorno, Lyon, Maputo, Medellín, Milan, Moscow, Nairobi, New York City, Nice, Paris, Quito, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Taipei, Torino, Uppsala, Venice, Vienna, Yokohama.

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Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC] | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Design Trust put together a metrics framework that measured the associated activities of urban agriculture with the known benefits derived from various studies to convince city officials of urban farming's positive impact.


Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week.  Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city.

Chou pointed out that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community...


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Marcus Taylor's curator insight, August 4, 2013 12:40 AM

Urban Agriculture faces a myriad of challenges to enter the mainstream of urban development in the pursuit of "SmartCities" Worth a browse.

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Assemblage raygun

Assemblage raygun | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
The latest piece from mad assemblage sculptor Roger Wood is this delightful ray-gun: "Another mental health break from clocks with this Steampunk ray gun and charging stand."

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ArchéoSF: Michel Ragon, La Cité de l'An 2000

ArchéoSF: Michel Ragon, La Cité de l'An 2000 | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Michel Ragon est surtout connu pour son intérêt pour l'histoire sociale et la littérature prolétarienne mais il est aussi un critique d'architecture important. Quand à 50 ans il passe une thèse elle a pour titre La Pratique architecturale et ses idéologies.


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A visual and interactive experiment on the Parisian underground network

A visual and interactive experiment on the Parisian underground network | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Metropolitain.io attempts to invent new ways of interacting with maps of the Parisian underground system. Data visualization helps users better understand the area they live in, as well as its actual accessibility.
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Metropolitain is a datavisualization  experiment by Dataveyes.

 

One of the most intricate and dense underground networks in Europe, the metro is a central component in the daily life of millions of Parisians. As a result, the official metro map conditions the very way commuters approach time, and space, as they tend to select their journeys based on the perceived smallest distance between two points.

 

This visualization offers to challenge this conventional view. Metropolitain takes on an unexpected gamble: using cold, abstract figures to take the pulse of a hectic and feverish metropolis. You are invited to play around with two views: the projected journey time between two stations, as well as the number of people touching in at each station. The metro map is no longer arbitrarily dictated by the spatial distance between two points, but transforms along the user exploration, to reflect its actual accessibility.

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Digitize or Die: Reinventing Big Cities - Mobiledia

Digitize or Die: Reinventing Big Cities - Mobiledia | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Mobiledia Digitize or Die: Reinventing Big Cities Mobiledia Mayors are taking a page from Silicon Valley, the pioneer that reinvented itself decades ago and now boasts more than 52,000 IT jobs -- or about four percent of the residents.


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Living Lab: Urban Planning Goes Digital in Spanish 'Smart City'

Living Lab: Urban Planning Goes Digital in Spanish 'Smart City' | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Cities around the world aim to become "smart cities," but in Santander, Spain, the goal has already become a reality. Thousands of sensors help alert residents to traffic jams, regulate the watering in city parks and dim the street lamps.

Via Peter Verschuere
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Making Data Public

 

 

Next, Mayor de la Serna wants to air the city's secrets. Many types of information that were previously confidential or difficult to access will now be made public, including statistical data on demographic changes and real estate prices. Then the mayor wants to create a digital equivalent of a village square. The app "Ideas for All" -- something like Facebook but specifically for city residents -- will connect the city with its inhabitants. "We want to create a new, cooperative relationship between the people and the city government," de la Serna explains.

 

The mayor hopes this flood of data will inspire programmers to create more apps to make Santander even smarter. So far, there has been no resistance to the project. None of Muñoz's sensors have fallen prey to vandals. Taxi drivers initially feared the city wanted to use these sensors to carry out constant surveillance of the city, but that concern, de la Serna says, has long since given way to pride at being part of such a futuristic project, especially during a difficult economic period.

 

That pioneering spirit is apparently already paying off. The Spanish multinational company Ferrovial -- owner of, among other assets, London's Heathrow Airport -- has decided to invest in Santander and will build a smart city research center there.

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NYC Subways Deploy A Touch-Screen Network, Complete With Apps

NYC Subways Deploy A Touch-Screen Network, Complete With Apps | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

The designers at Control Group--have been hired by New York’s MTA to bring a plan for bringing a networked, touch-screen system to their subways. Starting this year, 90 touch-screen kiosks will make their way to thoroughfares like Grand Central Station and hip stops like Bedford Avenue. Together, they’ll make a beta network for 2 million commuters and tourists a day.

 

Each kiosk is a 47-inch touch screen, encapsulated in stainless steel, with an operational temperature up to 200 degrees. They’ll be placed, mostly in pairs, outside pay areas, inside mezzanines and even right on train platforms. Control Group has skinned the hardware with a simple front end and an analytics-heavy backend. And the platform will even support third-party apps approved by the MTA.

 

At launch, the screens will feature all sorts of content, like delays, outages, and, of course, ads (which bring in $100 million in revenue for the MTA each year, but mostly in paper signage). Yet its most powerful interaction for many will likely be its map, which features a one-tap navigation system.

You look at the map, you tap your intended destination, and the map will draw your route, including any transfers along the way. It’s an interface that puts Google Maps to shame.


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THE POWER OF EXTRA SENSORS

 

At the same time, the system’s screens could be the least interesting part of this project. The kiosks will be fitted with extra modules--video cameras, mics, and Wi-Fi--to open up a whole secondary layer of data collection and interface.

 

With cameras and mics, the MTA can enable two-way communication (what I imagine as emergency response messaging), and they can also pull in all sorts of automated metrics from their stations--they’d have eyes capable of counting station crowdedness or even approximate user ethnographics.

Meanwhile, Wi-Fi opens the door for networking a whole platform of mobile users with Internet access and other streamed content. Given that the average person waits 5 to 10 minutes on a platform, O’Donnell sees the potential of engaging, sponsored experiences, like a networked game of Jeopardy, while people wait for the train, or streaming media content, like TV/movie clips. A tourist could, of course, do something far more practical, too, like download a city map in moments.

“We can’t provide Internet for everybody,” he says, “but we can allow interactivity on the platform.”

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James's curator insight, March 21, 2013 3:15 AM

Touch interface has seen a rise in the community, such as information booths.

It allows for easy usability and quick access for people in a hurry.

While it does give convenience to the people, it's another job that's been mechanized because of its efficiency.

 

Touchscreens do away with the harder input devices and allow people to use it little to no prior knowledge of how to access it.

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Une ville numérique a urbaniser rapidement pour éviter la tour de Babel

Une ville numérique a urbaniser rapidement pour éviter la tour de Babel | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
La ville numérique est très tendance en ce début d'année! Au moins pour les chargés de communication territoriale. Quelle réalité se cache derrière ces projets et n'est-il pas temps de laisser rentrer les bâtisseurs du numérique...

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Sky-high horticulture: Shenzhen's 'farmscraper' plan

Sky-high horticulture:  Shenzhen's 'farmscraper' plan | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Conceived in response to a densely populated Chinese city's unchecked growth, Asian Cairns is an ambitious take on vertical farming.

 

A Belgian architect recently unveiled the 79-acre masterplan for Asian Cairns, a dizzying new vision of urban vertical farming in China. Consisting of a sextet of “sustainable monoliths for rural urbanity” — stacked, pebble-esque, steel-ringed transparent pods that are powered by both vertical wind turbines and photovoltaics — Vincent Callebaut Architects’ Asian Cairns is planned for the rapidly swelling, skyscraper-heavy port city of Shenzhen in the southern province of Guangdong north of Hong Kong.Beyond agricultural concerns, Asian Cairns is envisioned as a mixed-use development that also incorporates residential, retail, and recreational areas. Imagined as being completely emissions-free and producing more energy than they consume, the Cairns were conceived in direct response to Shenzhen’s unchecked urban development and the population growth and increased pollution levels that have accompanied it...


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Duane Craig's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:00 AM

Really cool, but I bet it will be a real challenge and expense to build it. Look at all the curved glass.

ParadigmGallery's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:08 AM

TY Lauren Moss...

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Case Study in Efficiency: SOM's Diagonal Tower in South Korea

Case Study in Efficiency:  SOM's Diagonal Tower in South Korea | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

SOM’s Diagonal Tower in Yongsan International Business District of Seoul, South Korea, is a case study in efficiency – the 343 meter tall tower successfully minimizes wind loads, reduces construction costs, provides dramatic views and meets strict energy codes by integrating massing, structure and performance.

 

The design of this landmark skyscraper, with glazed triangular facets, employs passive environmental control strategies within and on the façade – sunshades are positioned at varying angles on each building exposure, mitigating heat gain in the summer and permitting direct sunlight to warm the building’s interiors during the cold winter months. Triple pane glazed exterior curtain wall decreases energy loss, while active chilled beam system surpasses traditional air driven systems, using water as a medium for transferring heating and cooling energy, which results in less energy consumption along with great environmental comfort for building users...

 


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Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 22, 2013 6:10 AM

A really interesting and amazing building. Very self sufficient and really quite fascinating. It's enery-efficient and great to look at simultaneously.

Kang ji yun 's curator insight, May 25, 2013 8:59 PM

It is very wonderful building!! when it comes to the diagonal tower, it serves more than visual stimuli. Even though the Diagonal Tower is similar to Norman Foster's Hearst Tower in New York, it's megaframe reduces the amount of steel required by over 25% when compared to conventionally framed buildings.

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I hope we have one also in Daejeon.. hehe..
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Agents, Models, and Geodesign | ArcNews

Agents, Models, and Geodesign | ArcNews | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Michael Batty explains how geodesign technology and agent-based modeling can help designers and stakeholders work together to agree on new plans for cities.
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There are now many new methods for modeling cities that differ from the traditional approaches to simulating urban structure, land use, and transportation flows. As data has become richer and bigger and computers have become all-pervasive, with ever-increasing memories and ever-faster processing times, it has become possible to model the behaviors of individual objects that make up data aggregates, such as populations, that were the focus of simulation models a decade or more ago. Individuals that compose these populations can now be represented as distinct objects within computations, now usually being referred to as agents. Agents are essentially individual objects that have to be well-defined with strong identities and distinct from the environment in which they sit. These might be likened to the "atoms" that compose our cities, notwithstanding that what goes on inside the atom is hidden from our view. Although in cities agents are often considered to be human beings, it is quite possible to define them in terms of any distinct objects that compose a system. In particular, agents might be streets or buildings, components that make up the weather or vehicles on the highway, the bricks that a house is built from, or the pipes/wires that click together to keep our utilities functioning. Their definition is entirely dependent on the context, and in this sense, agent-based models or modeling (ABM) has emerged as a much more generic tool for simulation than most of the other approaches developed hitherto. Indeed, Esri has introduced a plug-in called Agent Analyst that enables users to build agent models that have a spatial component, which is the map in ArcGIS.

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12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.

 

This year, the Knight News Challenge has been soliciting project proposals to open and leverage government data anywhere at the national, state and local levels (in the U.S. and abroad). As of last week, 886 projects are vying for a share of the $5 million in funding, all in response to this question: "How can we make the places we live more awesome through data and technology?"

 

Amid all of the submissions are innovations we've already encountered at Atlantic Cities: a favorite guerrilla wayfinding campaign from Raleigh, North Carolina; Code for America's playful StreetMix web app; the San Francisco-based Urban Prototyping Festival; and a community-driven transportation planning project based on the kind of data analytics we wrote about here. But that's barely scratching the surface of all the proposals that Knight has corralled.

Visit the article link for a list of 12 ideas from the competition that are new and worth developing (with the applicants' description of their programs). On the 29th, Knight plans to announce a set of semifinalists, who will be invited to complete more detailed proposals. The final winners (there's no predetermined number of them) will then be announced in June...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, April 1, 2013 1:06 PM

Innovative ideas on how to utilize open data and communication technology to enhance communities, engage citizens and empower local governments in a variety of ways...

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Innovation publique : la création d'un "Mindlab" français est à l'étude

Qu’est-ce que l’innovation publique ? L’innovation publique est une réponse au décalage observé entre les politiques publiques et le besoin réel des usagers. Ces politiques publiques sont en effet élaborées au plus haut niveau de l’Etat par des experts, sur des bases théoriques parfois très éloignées des réalités du terrain, et n’incluent pas suffisamment dans leur processus d’élaboration les premiers concernés : les administrations et leurs usagers.


L’innovation publique consiste donc à améliorer ces politiques, en les simplifiant et en incluant dans le processus les fonctionnaires des administrations concernées, les citoyens et les entreprises.


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Plusieurs pays se sont déjà dotés de leur laboratoire d’innovation publique, tel le Danemark et son MindLab, laboratoire interministériel qui constitue une référence en la matière. Parmi les sujets auxquels s’est déjà attelé le laboratoire danois, citons pour exemple :
- le système de déclaration d’impôts en ligne et son adaptation aux besoins des jeunes danois


- le type d’aide à apporter aux créateurs d’entreprises à fort potentiel (description du cas sur le site de la 27e Région)

 

En France, un travail similaire est réalisé au niveau des régions par la 27e Région , “do-thank” des politiques publiques. La vocation de ce do-thank ? Explorer de nouvelles façons d’améliorer la conception et la mise en oeuvre des politiques publiques. Des programmes de recherche-action sont ainsi élaborés avec les régions volontaires et mis en oeuvre par des équipes pluridisciplaines (sciences humaines, design de services, innovation sociale). L’objectif étant à terme d’aider les régions à créer leur propre fonction de recherche-action.

 

L’Etat français envisage sérieusement pour sa part de se doter, à l’instar du Danemark, de son propre laboratoire d’innovation publique. S’inscrivant dans le cadre de la modernisation de l’action publique, cette entité aurait pour mission de travailler sur l’amélioration (et la simplification) de politiques publiques existantes dans un souci d’efficacité, d’écoute des besoins des usagers et de réduction des coûts. La création de ce laboratoire devrait être proposée par la Ministre de la Réforme de l’Etat, Marylise Lebranchu, à l’automne 2013.

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ABoudières's comment, March 29, 2013 2:33 AM
Un article des Echos présentant le MindLab danois assez concis et intéressant : http://www.lesechos.fr/economie-politique/france/actu/0202576559088-l-exemple-danois-comme-source-d-inspiration-540268.php
Carole Maurage's curator insight, March 30, 2013 8:16 AM

A suivre de très près ! D'autres pays ont déjà bien avancé sur ce point.

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Open Smart Cities I: Open Internet of Things

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"Open Smart Cities I" post that address, from the point of view of open source software, several technological areas related to Smart Cities, as the Internet of Things, Cloud, Big Data, or Smart Cities platform of services and applications. In this post, we make a brief review of the concept of Smart City, and introduce the topic of Internet of Things, wherein we explore the potential of open source technologies (software, hardware and standar).


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This is what futurists in 1988 thought Los Angeles would look like today

This is what futurists in 1988 thought Los Angeles would look like today | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

In 1988 the Los Angeles Times Magazine published 'L.A. 2013: A Special Report.' Written by Nicole Yorkin, the article takes a look at what daily life might look like for a typical Angeleno in the year 2013 — then 25 years away. It's a fascinating read both for what it gets correct as well as where it misses the mark.


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One area that is missed almost completely, however, is the revolution of cloud-based computing and storage. Almost all of the futuristic devices described in the piece — from an automated home gym to school desks with computer screens built right in — rely on some sort of physical storage device. One of the lone examples that doesn't hew to this paradigm is video on demand. However, the real 2013 has many more options in this realm than what's portrayed here (the fictional family has only 10 movies to choose from on their VOD service, and ordering a film requires a phone call to their cable company).

 

Futurist Syd Mead, known for Blade Runner and an assortment of other works, lends conceptual artwork he did for an unproduced television show called LA 15. It reveals a downtown Los Angeles of futuristic, sweeping lines, and while the landscape hasn't transformed to the degree he envisioned, the aesthetic does sync up nicely with buildings like the current Walt Disney Concert Hall. It's a fascinating read for anyone interested in where we are, where we thought we'd be, and where we have yet to go.

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NYC as API - Reinvent Payphones - The Open Source City

NYC as API - Reinvent Payphones - The Open Source City | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
What if all the data and code created for the new payphone network in NYC were open? Control Group shares a vision of the future for all.

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I recently had the honor of being able to work with a team at Control Group to help put together our entry for the Reinvent NYC Payphones Competition.  Our concept is NYC I/O, and I’d like to share a few thoughts as to why our entry is different from the other excellent entries.

 

Many entries brought in sensors and digital signage, but in our design meetings what was always at the forefront for us was access. Anytime you’re implementing a city-scale program to put sensors, cameras, and smart-phone mac address detectors in, there are clearly going to be questions about big brother and surveillance, and I think these questions are valid. I don’t want to live in a city where this data is collected but only available to certain parties.

 

To that end, Control Group is proposing an Open API for the city itself. Not just a marketplace for apps to access this ubiquitous computing platform, but the ability for anyone to mine the data for patterns, to see what the police are seeing, to see how companies are making use of the data. This data comes from us, and we should own it. What Control Group wants to do is help build a system of hardware and software that will make the city like the Web itself: open and evolving, with its ultimate form unknown and unknowable.

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Comment notre "société des données" va reconfigurer la ville?

Comment notre "société des données" va reconfigurer la ville? | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

L’incidence des données et de leur explosion est en train de franchir un cap. Aux portes des villes, sur d’anciens sites industriels ou sur des bases logistiques désaffectées, de drôles de « boîtes » fleurissent, comme autant de témoignages physiques d’un basculement numérique en cours. Érigés au plus près de la demande et des points d’interconnexions, là où la croissance des besoins en matière de stockage et de gestion des données se fait la plus critique (mais aussi là où il est le plus logique et facile d’y répondre), les data centers, comprenez des « centres de traitement de données »,  ont à charge d’abriter et de faire tourner des milliers de serveurs d’entreprises, à la manière d’immenses pouponnières digitales.


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25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have - Mashable

25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have - Mashable | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have
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You think cities are crowded now? By 2030, more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. But before we get to that kind of population density, we have to optimize our cities.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, December 26, 2012 3:18 PM

There are some pretty innovative and creative ideas coming together for a smarter city of the future...."apps and well-implemented technology can help cash-strapped governments save money and, be more efficient"....check it out....

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El Sur de Europa y América Latina, unidos por el P2P | Código abierto

El Sur de Europa y América Latina, unidos por el P2P | Código abierto | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Un texto para presentar el Wikisprint de la P2P Foundation que se celebrará el próximo 20 de marzo en Iberoamérica, Italia y Grecia

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Pierre Levy's curator insight, March 20, 2013 10:41 AM

Aunque inicialmente el #wikisprint iba a desarrollarse apenas en España, aprovechando la visita de Michel Bauwens, fundador de la P2P Foundation, el intercambio de información y las conexiones humanas extendieron la convocatoria a toda la América hispánica. También se unió Brasil. Y Grecia e Italia. Redes, personas e instituciones, unidos por el P2P. Sin embargo, en el #wikisprint del próximo 20 de marzo, posiblemente uno de los mayores de la historia, va a haber mucho más que un mapeo. La inercia colaborativa ha generado una riquísima hoja de ruta. Durante el #Wikisprint habrá todo tipo de actividades. Debates, conferencias, proyecciones, self media, talleres, visualizaciones de redes, vídeos…

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Smart Communities for Smart Cities

Smart Communities for Smart Cities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Many of us worry about the impact of technology on our lives, and with the explosion of social media and smart phones in recent years, these worries have become more acute. We worry that we are contactable 24/7, we worry about missing out on ‘real world’ relationships through reliance on virtual connections, we worry about over-surveillance, we worry about personal data security, and we worry that our children are spending too much time playing computer games.


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Urban Network Analysis: A Toolbox for ArcGIS 10 / 10.1

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The City Form Lab has released a state-of-the-art toolbox for urban network analysis. As the first of its kind, this ArcGIS toolbox can be used to compute five types of graph analysis measures on spatial networks: Reach; Gravity; Betweenness; Closeness; and Straightness. 
The tools incorporate three important features that make them particularly suited for spatial analysis on urban street networks. First, they can account for both geometry and topology in the input networks, using either metric distance (e.g. Meters) or topological distance (e.g. Turns) as impedance factors in the analysis. Second, unlike previous software tools that operate with two network elements (nodes and edges), the UNA tools include a third network element - buildings - which are used as the spatial units of analysis for all measures. Two neighboring buildings on the same street segments can therefore obtain different accessibility results. And third, the UNA tools optionally allow buildings to be weighted according to their particular characteristics - more voluminous, more populated, or otherwise more important buildings can be specified to have a proportionately stronger effect on the analysis outcomes, yielding more accurate and reliable results to any of the specified measures. The tools are aimed at urban designers, architects, planners, geographers, and spatial analysts who are interested in studying the spatial configurations of cities, and their related social, economic, and environmental processes. The toolbox is built for easy scaling - it is equally suited for small-scale, detailed network analysis of dense urban areas as it is for sparser large-scale regional networks.  The toolbox requires ArcGIS 10 software with an ArcGIS Network Analyst Extension.
Credits: Andres Sevtsuk, Michael Mekonnen.
Please send your comments, questions, and feedback to cityform_rg@mit.edu
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Smartcities: Vertical Farming Is Key to the...

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smartercities: “ Vertical Farming Is Key to the Smart Cities of the Future | STATETECH Smart cities could look very different from today’s urban centers. Streetlights could be communicating with bus...
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