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Design for networked cities and citizens

Design for networked cities and citizens
What we do We apply the toolkit and mindset of user-centered interaction design to the specific problems of cities. Through the design of products, services, interfaces, and spatial interventions, we aim to make cities easier to understand, more pleasant to use and live in, and more responsive to the desires of their inhabitants. See some of our work Who we are We are a New York City-based urban systems design practice — urbanists, interaction designers, cartographers, graphic designers, interface specialists and software developers united by a deep love for big-city life, and the conviction that our efforts can help make it better still.

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Science in Motion Legion is used by more than half of the top 40 transit agencies worldwide Legion software is the mostly widely adopted simulation software in the rail and transit sector. Legion's patented technology accurately simulates and analyses the step-by-step movement of pedestrians within all the relevant facilities in the the rail and transit world. Optimising pedestrian flow, using space efficiently and safely, and implementing effective schedules are fundamental to the success and sustainability of rail and transit stations and facilities. Legion software and services are ideal for a wide range of organizations and agencies within rail and transit: Legion software and services suit a wide range of projects within the rail and transit sector:

The verdict: is blogging or tweeting about research papers worth it? Eager to find out what impact blogging and social media could have on the dissemination of her work, Melissa Terras took all of her academic research, including papers that have been available online for years, to the web and found that her audience responded with a huge leap in interest in her work. In October 2011 I began a project to make all of my 26 articles published in refereed journals available via UCL’s Open Access Repository – “Discovery“. I decided that as well as putting them in the institutional repository, I would write a blog post about each research project, and tweet the papers for download. Would this affect how much my research was read, known, discussed, distributed? I wrote about the stories behind the research papers – the stuff that doesn’t make it into the official writeup. So what are my conclusions about this whole experiment?

Beyond the “smart city” 1. Becoming-resource: An introduction As we enter a third decade of popular reckoning with the idea of networked computation, any notion of a divide between the physical and the virtual is proving less and less tenable with every passing day. Slowly at first, but with increasing momentum, the ordinary things and places that have constituted the cities around us since there were such things as cities are identifying themselves to the global informatic network, or being identified to it. Real-world objects and arrangements of objects; structures and locations; events and situations: all of these are acquiring representations in the virtual space of the network.

The Next Big Social Network Is You - The BrainYard Three trends just now emerging will alter the social network landscape. Oh no, not another social network! Between all the noise about Facebook's upcoming IPO, the Twitter censorship imbroglio, and Google +'s constantly shifting privacy and identity policies, is the business world really ready for more social networking? Yes, and here's why. Social networking is about to shift from chasing large numbers of followers--which is really a publishing broadcast model and not a business contacts model--to a smaller group of well-connected individuals.

Revealing Economic Terrorists: a Slumlord Conspiracy "Sunlight is the best disinfectant" - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis A client of ours -- a small, not-for-profit, economic justice organization [EJO] -- used social network analysis [SNA] to assist their city attorney in convicting a group of "slumlords" of various housing violations that the real estate investors had been side-stepping for years. The housing violations, in multiple buildings, included: raw sewage leaks multiple tenant children with high lead levels eviction of complaining tenants utility liens of six figures The EJO had been working with local tenants in run-down properties and soon started to notice some patterns.

ArduinoBoardNano Overview The Arduino Nano is a small, complete, and breadboard-friendly board based on the ATmega328 (Arduino Nano 3.x) or ATmega168 (Arduino Nano 2.x). It has more or less the same functionality of the Arduino Duemilanove, but in a different package. It lacks only a DC power jack, and works with a Mini-B USB cable instead of a standard one. The Nano was designed and is being produced by Gravitech. For over a decade, Stamen has been exploring cartography with our clients and in research. These maps are presented here for your enjoyment and use wherever you display OpenStreetMap data. Toner These high-contrast B+W (black and white) maps are featured in our Dotspotting project.

Webinar: Design for Social Innovation by Cheryl Heller We are delighted to announce the Paul Polak Scholarship from MFA Design for Social Innovation. Paul has been a friend, advisor and inspiration to our program, and to the millions of people around the world whose lives he has changed through his work to end poverty. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in the class of 2016. Applications to DSI are open, please apply at Applicants will automatically be considered for the Paul Polak Scholarship; no separate application is required.