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The Meaning of Emergent Urbanism, after A New Kind of Science

The Meaning of Emergent Urbanism, after A New Kind of Science
Stephen Wolfram is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the publication of A New Kind of Science, a milestone in the development of complexity science that is more significant than any other for me, as it was reading through that book in 2007 that gave me the motivation and the sense of purpose to begin writing about urbanism and complexity science. Although I had taken a personal interest in urbanism as an undergraduate student of economics and computer science, mostly out of a sense of outrage at its condition as a practice whether technical, artistic or political, I was hard pressed to explain to my entourage my decision to go to graduate school for an urban planning degree. It seemed utterly disconnected from anything I had been involved in previously, and offered dire career prospects as well (in my defense, this time period is described by famous technologists as the ”nuclear winter” of the industry, so my planned career had already been derailed).

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What is Emergent about Emergent Architecture? “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” – Principles behind the Agile Manifesto I follow in the footsteps of so many people who have long wondered at the meanings of such simple words, as though they were dogma from on high. Emerge? Self-organizing? six trending urbanist themes for 2012 The urbanist calendar published on Monday was, admittedly, a visual provocation, setting a stage for thought about important urban issues for 2012. I see great merit in such urban exploration with a descriptive, rather than prescriptive approach. But there is another provocation—from 2011 professional experiences and featured articles—that offer several themes that I expect will also endure. Here is a synthesis of themes to watch, and why, based on my own encounters, and those of clients and friends. As illustration, I offer citation to several of my articles as they reappeared in the trend-capturing Planetizen (after original appearance in one or more of myurbanist, The Atlantic, The Atlantic Cities, The Huffington Post, Grist, Sustainable Cities Collective and Crosscut) .

Design History and Theory Univ.Prof. Alison J. Clarke PhD, MA (RCA) BA (Hons) Design History MA (RCA) History of Design with Distinction PhD. (Lond.) Social Anthropology Urban Attributes - Andalusia Center for Contemporary Art With the coining of the term Terrain Vague, Ignasi de Solà-Morales is interested in the form of absence in the contemporary metropolis. This interest focuses on abandoned areas, on obsolete and unproductive spaces and buildings, often undefined and without specific limits, places to which he applies the French term terrain vague. Regarding the generalized tendency to "reincorporate" these places to the productive logic of the city by transforming them into reconstructed spaces, Solà-Morales insists on the value of their state of ruin and lack of productivity. Only in this way can these strange urban spaces manifest themselves as spaces of freedom that are an alternative to the lucrative reality prevailing in the late capitalist city.

My Top 15 Urban Planning Websites #urbanplanning #NPPF « Decisions, Decisions, Decisions One for planning students and interested amatuers. You might be surprised that it includes no sites on the procedural or legal aspects of UK planning. The reason for that is that although planning students need a firm grounding it is more important to understand the basic concepts which act as a toolkit in any jurisdiction. Like doctors urban planners should be able to practice anywhere and understand the morphology and anatomy of their subject. Indeed British Planners are relatively lacking in the skills that would make them survive in this climate.

Enterprise Architecture: Ripe for Digital Disruption - DZone Integration Ever since I published The Agile Architecture Revolution, people have been confused by what I mean by Agile Architecture. The crux of the confusion: the difference between architecting a software system and architecting a human/software system. If our goal of following Agile is to build good software, the theory goes, then we should ask ourselves what kind of architecture our software requires, and by definition, such architecture is Agile Architecture. To this day, if you Google “Agile Architecture,” you’re likely to uncover discussions that presuppose that definition – unless, of course, your search turns up something I’ve written. When I use the phrase Agile Architecture, in contrast, I’m talking about a style of Enterprise Architecture whose primary goal is to make our organizations more agile – in other words, better able to deal with change, and to leverage change for competitive advantage. Emergence and Architecting the Enterprise

Emergent Urbanism, or ‘bottom-up planning’ I was asked to write an article around ‘bottom-up planning’ by Architectural Review Australia a while ago. It was published in the last issue, and I’m re-posting here. ‘Bottom-up’ is hardly the most elegant phrase, but I suspect you know what I mean. Either way, I re-cast it in the article as ‘emergent urbanism’ which captured a little more of the non-planning approaches I was interested in (note also the blog of same name, which I didn’t know about beforehand). It partly concerns increased transparency over the urban planning process but also, and perhaps more interestingly, how citizens might be able to proactively engage in the creation of their cities. While it applies to Australian cities most closely, I hope the ideas here might be more generally interesting.

Theory Talks: Theory Talk #20: David Harvey What is, according to you, the biggest challenge / principal debate in current IR (International Relations)? And what is your position or answer to this challenge / in this debate? I think the principal challenge is to theorize ‘correctly’ the relationship between the territoriality of political power and the spatiality of capital accumulation. To clarify that statement, one has to inquire into the nature of these respective processes.

Why Are Champaign-Urbana's Jaywalking Arrests Almost All Black? - Politics I once heard it said that every successful Freedom of Information Act request is a failure of open government. In other words, every time activists, journalists, or other citizens are able to get data or other records through a FOIA request, that information should have already been available, somehow, somewhere on the Internet, without the hassle of a request process. The thinking is that FOIA is an antiquated system, designed for a time when the government did not have a great way to make the information it holds public. Now doing so is (relatively) easy, but the FOIA system persists, putting the government in an essentially passive role as a resource. The results of such a request from VíveloHoy, a Spanish-language Chicago-based news site, show just how powerful government data can be. Recently, VíveloHoy submitted FOIA requests to the police departments of Champaign and Urbana, Illinois, looking for five years of arrest data broken down by race.

Deep Learning is Teaching Computers New Tricks A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging from computer security to stock trading. If the technique works in those areas, it could create new opportunities but also displace some workers. Deep learning, as the technique is known, involves applying layers of calculations to data, such as sound or images, to recognize key features and similarities.

Intro to Emergent Urbanism Mathieu Helie has been writing at a blog he calls Emergent Urbanism. His most recent post is the first part of a series that will be published as an entire article entitled “The Principles of Emergent Urbanism” at International Journal of Architectural Research. This first part of the series, and hopefully the entire published article gives a great introduction to the concept Helie names “Emergent Urbanism.” In my opinion as a Market Urbanist, Mathieu’s most remarkable contributions to urbanism revolve around the concepts of “emergence” as it relates to urban patterns, particularly with regards to Hayek’s ideas about “emergent order” or “spontaneous order”. As Mathieu writes:

DIY Urbanism Competition Call for Artists Now Available « Pop UP Pearl 22 Mar Park(ing) Day, San Francisco. [photo courtesy of SPUR] Call for Artists Now Available! Pop UP Pearl (and Cleveland!) is getting its very own DIY Urbanism Competition!

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