A new book on data and big data in the city edited by Rob Kitchin, Tracey P. Lauriault, Gavin McArdle from Routledge. Lot of very interesting material here on the data revolution in cities. Smart cities concepts are explained and critiqued here which were the Proceedings from a workshop held at Kitchin’s Programmable Cities Project in Maynooth in 2016. Essential reading for all those interested in smart cities. My own contribution can be downloaded here but i don’t have the printed copy from the book so you have to make do with the proof version prior to publication. Click on here.
Hegel once said that ‘everything is connected to everything else’ and in our world of cities, this seems ever resonant with the problems that we face. Danny Hillis and Neri Oxman have called this the Age of Entanglement and in this workshop, myself, Susan Hanson from Clark University and Billie Turner from ASU as well as colleagues from the Chinese University, Hong Kong University and the Baptist University explore how we develop themes that are wide and diverse and seemingly far apart but in fact are close in that we cannot explore one without the other. The title of the workshop centred around environment and sustainability and how cities are at this interface is a superb example of entanglement. Drill down here for the topics that will be/have been presented at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday 11th April 2016.
Neat, crisp informative book by Antoine Picon in the AD Primer Series. Gives myself, James Cheshire and Joan Serras a mention too on transit in London and the science of cities but the book is valuable as a quick but meaty introduction to the domain with some nice graphics. You can in fact download an earlier version of the book as a PDF as the French Edition – a quick comparison shows that the English Version is an update of the French but if you are prepared to read the French click here. You will have to buy the English one but in any event it is an interesting summary.