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Decoding the City

Urbanism in the Age of Big Data

Big Data and urban planning
The MIT based SENSEable City Lab under Carlo Ratti is one of the research centers that deal with the flow of people and goods, but also of refuse that moves around the world. Experience with large-scale infrastructure projects suggest that more complex and above all flexible answers must be sought to questions of transportation or disposal. This edition, edited by Dietmar Offenhuber and Carlo Ratti, shows how Big Data change reality and, hence, the way we deal with the city. It discusses the impact of real-time data on architecture and urban planning, using examples developed in the SENSEable City Lab. They demonstrate how the Lab interprets digital data as material that can be used for the formulation of a different urban future. It also looks at the negative aspects of the city-related data acquisition and control. The authors address issues with which urban planning disciplines will work intensively in the future: questions that not only radically and critically review, but also change fundamentally, the existing tasks and how the professions view their own roles.
A current contribution to the discussion about Big Data and urbanism Publication of the SENSEable City Lab at the renowned MIT

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Dietmar Offenhuber, urban planner, assistant professor at Northeastern University; Carlo Ratti, Senseable City Lab, MIT
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Audience: Architects, city planners, urban sociologists