The Real Time City?


Rob Kitchin’s paper on smart cities focuses on “… how cities are being instrumented with digital devices and infrastructure that produce ‘big data’ which enable real-time analysis of city life, new modes of technocratic urban governance, and a re-imagining of cities. The paper details a number of projects that seek to produce a real-time analysis of the city and provides a critical reflection on the implications of big data and smart urbanism.” Download this from the Social Science Research Network. Rob is the co-author (with Martin Dodge, ex CASA) of Code/Space (MIT Press, 2011) which won the Meridian Book Award by the Association of American Geographers in 2012.

About Michael Batty

I chair CASA at UCL which I set up in 1995. I am Bartlett Professor In UCL.
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