Smart Cities

August 18, 2015, 12pm PDT
Designed by researchers at the University of Chicago, the Plenario platform gathers all available open data for a specific area. Then it presents the data in an easy-to-use format.
Government Technology
Feature
July 20, 2015, 2pm PDT
Planners will be presented with new challenges and opportunities in a new era of data-enhanced government.
Kendra L. Smith and Kevin C. Desouza
June 25, 2015, 5am PDT
Earlier in June, Google announced the creation of an "urban innovation company" called Sidewalk Labs. One writer explains the genesis of the company as well as its potential for the future of how cities operate.
Pacific Standard
June 22, 2015, 2pm PDT
An article in Boom: A Journal of California extends the timeline of "smart cities" and "big data" efforts by a considerable amount—all the way back to the late 1960s.
BOOM: A Journal of California
June 14, 2015, 9am PDT
Google, already one of the most pervasive technology providers of urban experiences everywhere, has increased its bet on the smart cities movement.
Cities for the Future
June 11, 2015, 5am PDT
Devoid of a human population, the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (CITE) is a planned, privately-operated trial lab for the smart city. The CITE design calls for a small, fully-functioning ghost town.
Wired
Feature
June 3, 2015, 6am PDT
Amid growing skepticism, an international gathering examines the useful benefits for an age of critical urban challenges.
Michael Mehaffy
May 28, 2015, 5am PDT
In India, smart cities are being built with much fanfare and government support. However, critics rightfully worry that such models could end up excluding the very people who need its benefits the most.
The Hedgehog Review
May 10, 2015, 11am PDT
This is what "smart cities" technology looks like: A new product called Inrix Insights offers planners and businesses a platform by which to access the data created by the use of connected cars.
ITProPortal
April 12, 2015, 5am PDT
While they look clean and green on the drawing board, Asia's planned developments might be nothing more than cloned commercialism set in concrete. By undermining local culture, this 'smart city' approach may also prove unsustainable.
The Global Urbanist
Blog post
April 3, 2015, 2pm PDT
Many smartphone users have a fitness app that they use to track their routes and progress on fitness goals. The data in these apps is a gold mine for planners, helping lead to better infrastructure investments.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
March 9, 2015, 2pm PDT
Welcome to the age of "Dashboard Governance"—when a good user interface offers the potential for performance advantages to city management.
Places Journal
December 1, 2014, 12pm PST
The Smart City Expo and World Congress, held this year in Barcelona, announced its 2014 World Smart Cities Awards. This year the top award went to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Cities Today
November 26, 2014, 5am PST
A post on the European Commission website provides an edited transcript of a presentation by Rem Koolhaas in which the starchitect and author offers a scathing take on the ill effects of smart cities.
European Commission
November 24, 2014, 10am PST
The Wall Street Journal examines a pair of businesses as examples of how new sources of data can be collected and sold. Orbital Insight, Inc, for instance, interprets the shadows cast by buildings.
The Wall Street Journal
September 30, 2014, 11am PDT
Julian Agyeman and Duncan McLaren make the case that the only smart city is a shareable city.
Zocalo Public Square
Feature
August 25, 2014, 5am PDT
Private, crowdsourced mobile phone applications addressing urban mobility collect troves of data on how cities flow. So how can municipalities tap into these databases to accurately understand the movement of their citizens?
Ma'ayan Dembo
August 1, 2014, 12pm PDT
Any vision for a "City 3.0"—or an untethered, technology-enabled city—is dependent on next generation infrastructure for Internet, energy, water, and more.
Governing
June 30, 2014, 5am PDT
Conceived as a counterpoint to the "smart city," the "playable city" would think beyond efficiency and utility in applying technology to the urban experience.
Next City
May 11, 2014, 7am PDT
Shannon Mattern argues that as we enter the era of so-called “smart” cities, we need to consider the point of engagement where citizens interface with the city’s operating system.
Places Journal