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A Science of Cities

A Science of Cities
Endorsements “A brilliant synthesis of how concepts from complexity science change our understanding of cities. Scaling, fractals, and simulation models are clearly explained and used to demonstrate how flows and networks shape cities and how they can be better predicted and managed for improving urban planning and design. A great book for an emerging urban science.” —Denise Pumain, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institut Universitaire de France “As Michael Batty reminds us with fascinating historical excursus, the idea of developing a ‘science of cities’ is not new.

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Complex Urban: Definitions of Scale, Form, and Culture From left to right: Speakers Darko Radović, Ulysses Sengupta, Christopher Doll, Alexandros Gasparatos. Photo: Atsuko Kawamori/UNU-IAS Event SummaryTuesday, 13 April 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm at UNU-IAS in Yokohama On April 13, 2010, four speakers and an audience of researchers, planning professionals, and students from a multitude of different disciplinary backgrounds came together to discuss definitions of the ‘urban’. Before the backdrop of global environmental change and worldwide socioeconomic restructuring, growing urban agglomerations and the increasing number of urban dwellers pose challenges to the sustainability and management of cities.

Urban Agents & Citizen Apps, Towards an Autonomous Interactive Urban Planning Platform Fabio Carrera (MIT Ph.D.) will present some real-world applications that begin to demonstrate how it is now becoming practical to “fill the City Knowledge pipeline” from data collection, to information visualization, to modeling and interactive participation in urban planning decisions. What is emerging is the potential for an Autonomous Interactive Urban Planning Platform that: - leverages mobile applications for straight-to-the-cloud citizensourcing of urban phenomena- harvests sensor networks for real-time information- captures information as it flows through municipal administrative processes- visualizes information in multiple dimensions- models synthetic populations and their behaviors- provides instant feedback about the urban and environmental impacts in planning scenarios- allows tangible interaction in participatory planning contexts

Affiliate Students Visiting Research Students at CASA You can apply to come to CASA as an Affiliate PhD student if you are registered for a PhD at an overseas university and want to spend a period of 3 to 12 months at CASA undertaking research which is complementary to the Doctorate/PhD project at your 'home' university. All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. t e r r a . f l u x u s » mapping REWIND: 2010, A Year in Review by Jason King What a great year. Ok, while not a complete year (the firm began operations in mid-February), 2010 was a great start to TERRA.fluxus, with a number of highlights, projects, research, and exploration worthy of a recap. Rather than a chronological walk through the year, there are a number of themes to be captured within the projects and activities of the firm, which ranged through the west from Washington & Oregon to California, and included a wide variety of explorations of planning, design, and urbanism. Starting in the home office, I first moved to a shared space with Design Department, then finally to the current location at Tenpod, another shared office space inside the Rocket Building on East Burnside, centrally located and packed with a range of creative folks.

PARTICIPATORY SENSING 1/4 – the data-citizen driven city This post is the first of 4 posts about Participatory Sensing (projects and research) that are going to be published weekly for the next 4 Fridays. In these posts I will share my research on participatory sensing, open data and smartcities that I started about 6 months ago. The first post is about The data-citizen driven city project which I developed with César García, Jorge Medal and Sara Thomson on September 2011. With this project, produced by a multidisciplinary team consisting of an IT System Administrator, an Industrial Designer, an Artist and an Architect, I really started considering how data can empower communities and catalyze social change. We presented The data-citizen driven city project for the 4Th ADVANCED ARCHITECTURE CONTEST “CITY-SENSE: Shaping our environment with real-time data” by The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia on the 26Th September.

What Exactly Is A Smart City? Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments. However, I believe that the smart-cities movement is being held back by a lack of clarity and consensus around what a smart city is and what the components of a smart city actually are. While some people continue to take a narrow view of smart cities by seeing them as places that make better use of information and communication technology (ICT), the cities I work with (and most of the participants in the #smartchat, a monthly Twitterchat about smart cities held on the first Wednesday of each month) all view smart cities as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy. Later this year, I’ll publish my annual rankings of smart cities here on Co.Exist. Step 1: Create a Vision with Citizen Engagement

iA – Chair for Information Architecture » HS2011 Sep - 01 - 2011 Articulating Urban Complexities The weekly workshop “Articulating Urban Complexities” investigates the use of parametric design tools for urban design.