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Post optimal cities, Paolo Patelli


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Presentation from The UrbanIxD Symposium, held on 25th September 2014 at the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, Italy.

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Post optimal cities, Paolo Patelli

  1. 1. Post—Optimal Cities Paolo Patelli @paolopatelli CITY | DATA | FUTURE UrbanIxD Venezia, September, 25th 2014
  2. 2. Challenges View from the International Space Station (2011)
  3. 3. Centro de Operacões, Rio de Janeiro
  4. 4. The “Smart” Promise 1, 2, 3… 1 — Dynamics of social media 2 — Analytics of Big Data 3 — Self–aware urban infrastructure.
  5. 5. Industry complex The rhetoric of the future In any-space-whatever an infinite potential develops in an objectively measurable way in a time always yet to come …
  6. 6. Introduction to Planit Valley
  7. 7. Introduction to Planit Valley
  8. 8. Siemens Real-Time Government Scenario
  9. 9. Linguistic analysis of Siemens Real-Time Government Scenario
  10. 10. Cross-section of an undersea cable (photo: Ann Lingard)
  11. 11. Timo Arnall, Wireless in the world
  12. 12. Dennis Crompton, Computer City Project (1964)
  13. 13. Optimality in performance A commercial opportunity
  14. 14. Human relationships A new market
  15. 15. What is the role of the designer? What space does she/he have left?
  16. 16. Technology is the result. How was it constructed?
  17. 17. Social construction Social dreaming Social construction, adoption and adaptation of new communication technologies vs Technocratic dream of a fully manageable and controllable urban system.
  18. 18. Giancarlo de Carlo, Participation City (Osaka, 1970)
  19. 19. Giancarlo de Carlo, Participation City (Osaka, 1970)
  20. 20. Cedric Price, Fun Palace (1961)
  21. 21. Optimality New levels of efficiency Post—optimality Engagement and action
  22. 22. confrontation collaboration augmentation appropriation
  23. 23. City Protocol
  24. 24. Hybrid Publics Spheres and spaces Public life pretends careful attention to geographical considerations and to the virtues of particularity.
  25. 25. Space of appearance The polis as action The space where I appear to others as others appear to me. […] Wherever men are together in the manner of speech and action. Hannah Arendt
  26. 26. Public matters Engagement and action The type of political life described by Arendt is essential for the production of a public sphere, where citizens can confer about matters of general interest, including the management of civic resources.
  27. 27. “The Data Is the Data” Techno-determinism The industry’s language produce autonomous systems acting on perfect knowledge.
  28. 28. Adam Greenfield, Against the Smart City (2013)
  29. 29. The city A permanent place for conflict In the city, confrontation and disagreement are continuously ongoing. Cities live in a condition of contestation and dissensus, that is fundamental to democracy, rather than in one of consensus and rationality.
  30. 30. The political Design as Agonism “Adversarial design” uses the means and forms of design to challenge beliefs, values, and what is taken to be fact. Carl DiSalvo
  31. 31. Is it possible to imagine contemporary designed (connected) things that do the work of agonism in the city?
  32. 32. Can we build typologies to ask questions and raise issues in society and culture?
  33. 33. How can we imagine an urban political space that considers the multiple “spaces of appearance” of the contemporary urban experience?
  34. 34. Can we imagine new “typologies of situated interactions”?
  35. 35. Kevin Lynch, The Perceptual Form of the City (1954-59)
  36. 36. Senseable City Lab, Trash Track (2009)
  37. 37. MIT Senseable City Lab, Backtalk (2011)
  38. 38. MIT Senseable City Lab, Enernet (2011)
  39. 39. Rooms and Noise as Media @ Strelka Institute
  40. 40. Brodsky & Utkin, Columbarium Habitabile (1989-1990)
  41. 41. Leonid Nikolaevich Pavlov, Automotive service center “Lada”. Moscow (1967-1977)
  42. 42. Rooms and Noise as Media @ Strelka Institute
  43. 43. Rooms and Noise as Media @ Strelka Institute
  44. 44. Rooms and Noise as Media @ Strelka Institute
  45. 45. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  46. 46. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  47. 47. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  48. 48. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  49. 49. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  50. 50. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  51. 51. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  52. 52. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  53. 53. PPPP, Illustration by Dunne & Raby
  54. 54. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  55. 55. Text Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  56. 56. Welcome to Ard el-Lewa
  57. 57. Post—Optimal Smart Cities A new conceptual territory on which to explore networked environments as post-optimal “turns the attention away from the familiar attempt to achieve optimum performance levels and towards more fundamental (philosophical, social, aesthetical) issues”.
  58. 58. Thanks. Paolo Patelli Milano / Eindhoven @paolopatelli CITY | DATA | FUTURE UrbanIxD Venezia, September, 25th 2014