Data creates accumulated traces of human behavior that can be applied to forecast general urban trends to improve quality of life. As an extension of behavioural data, could biological data on the daily life of individuals be helpful to solve challenging urban problems? How could macro data be managed despite potential errors, threats and misuse? Read about an innovative project to measure human stress and excitement being tested at Moscow’s Strelka Institute.
Improved web access is accompanied by economic and social opportunities. Not everybody in cities can regularly connect to the internet however. Recognizing that, cities around the world are exprimenting with citywide free WiFi access through creative infrastructure retrofits. Could adding solar-powered wireless hotspots to trash and recycling bins on the streets improve public WiFi access? New York City has been testing integrated wifi with garbage bins to tackle internet inequality.
In an era where the average person creates more data before breakfast than George Washington did in his entire life, citymakers are becoming more attuned to the power of data. Recording, measuring, and organizing city data falls into the rapidly developing field of urban science. Wondering what this field involves, how urban data is used and who’s leading its development? Planetizen has compiled a helpful list of resources for you!
Contemporary urban life is increasingly based on two parallel cities, one physical (visible) and one digital (invisible). As more and more layers overlap, understanding how urban technologies can foster humanity in the invisible city becomes more important. In response, artists, writers and tech developers, like Coney and Pan Studio are working to do just that in cities around the world. Read more about their creative storytelling.
The industrial age has given way to the digital era, but what does that mean for our cities? Michael Carl, Director of Analysis and Studies at 2b AHEAD, suggests that in an increasingly wired world that prizes individuality, services and products will become ever more attuned to our needs, embracing a continuous state of change. Read his provocative interview here.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of exposure to greenspace, for health, productivity and more. But as the lines between work and pleasure become increasingly blurred, is there also room to blur nature and workspaces? TreeXOffice at the London Festival of Architecture is aiming to just that. Read more about the office of the future.