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Smart Cities - Installation

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Presentation installed at the Invisible Cities Graduate Symposium and Expo, held in Kitchener, Ontario on October 26th, 2013 through the University of Waterloo's Critical Media Lab. This presentation summarizes my research on smart city technology and the idea of using big data to better understand cities.

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Smart Cities - Installation

  1. 1. SMARTERCITIES and BIGDATA Anne Galang October 2013 Invisible Cities Graduate Symposium and Expo
  2. 2. A brief history of urbanization…
  3. 3. INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION Kent Larson, MIT TEDxBoston Talk, “Brilliant Designs to Fit More People Into Cities”
  4. 4. INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION Kent Larson, MIT Media Lab TEDxBoston Talk, “Brilliant Designs to Fit More People Into Cities”
  5. 5. Today, more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities
  6. 6. …and that’s only going to GROW
  7. 7. In China alone 300-400 million people will move to cities in the next 15 years
  8. 8. In the 21 st century , cities will account for
  9. 9. In the 21 st century , cities will account for 90% population growth of
  10. 10. In the 21 st century , cities will account for 90% population growth of 80% of global CO 2 emissions
  11. 11. In the 21 st century , cities will account for 90% population growth of 80% of global CO 2 emissions 75% energy use of
  12. 12. With this growth, cities will face challenges such as overcrowded spaces
  13. 13. traffic congestion
  14. 14. and increased emissions . carbon
  15. 15. Cities will also need to address
  16. 16. Cities will also need to address smaller budgets
  17. 17. Cities will also need to address smaller budgets resource scarcity
  18. 18. Cities will also need to address smaller budgets resource scarcity aging infrastructure
  19. 19. We’re now looking to TECHNOLOGY
  20. 20. We’re now looking to TECHNOLOGY to make our cities SMARTER
  21. 21. to increase
  22. 22. to increase efficiency
  23. 23. to increase efficiency sustainability
  24. 24. to increase efficiency sustainability livability
  25. 25. “Smart” designs to make better use of small spaces City Home Changing Places Group, MIT Media Lab
  26. 26. “Smart” designs to make better use of small spaces Persuasive electric vehicle MIT Media Lab
  27. 27. Smart technology involving sensors and automation can capture data and increase efficiency
  28. 28. smart energy grids
  29. 29. intelligent transportation systems
  30. 30. and more.
  31. 31. Through this technology, cities have become repositories of information , endlessly collecting “vast and archiving DATA .”
  32. 32. “Social tools can be layered over the city, giving us realtime access to information about the things and people that surround us, helping us to connect in new ways and giving rise to a datadriven society.”
  33. 33. How can we tap into this data to better understand our cities?
  34. 34. OPEN DATA Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web TED talk, “The year open data went worldwide”
  35. 35. PERSONAL DATA Alex “Sandy” Pentland, MIT TEDxCambridge talk, “Using personal data to benefit citizenry”
  36. 36. We Feel Fine harvests human feelings from the world, searching weblogs every few minutes for the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling” and identifying the "feeling" expressed.
  37. 37. The result is a database of several million human feelings . Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted .
  38. 38. EMOTIONAL DATA We Feel Fine wefeelfine.org
  39. 39. There are still many questions
  40. 40. But also many possibilities…
  41. 41. Bibliography Smart Cities City Science. MIT Media Lab, 2012. Web. February 2013. http://cities.media.mit.edu/ Kirby, Terry. “City design: Transforming tomorrow.” The Guardian. N.d. Web. February 2013. Larson, Kent. “Brilliant designs to fit more people every city.” TEDxBoston, Boston, MA. June 2012. Web. Feb 2013. http://cities.media.mit.edu/projects/examples Smart Cities. IBM. N.d. Web. Feburary 2013. http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/smarter_cities/overview/
  42. 42. Bibliography Sensor network technology Chong, Chee-Yee. “Sensor Networks: Evolution, Opportunities, and Challenges.” Proceedings of the EEE, 91.8. August 2003. OECD. “Smart Sensor Networks: Technologies and Applications for Green Growth.” December “50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World.” Libelium. Murty, Rohan Naraya et al. “City Sense: An Urban-Scale Wireless Sensor Network and Testbed.”
  43. 43. Bibliography Big data and open data “Smart Cities and Big Data post event session summary.” Future Internet Assembly. 10-11 May 2012, Aalborg, Denmark. Web. Feb 2013. <http://www.future-internet.eu/home/future-internet-assembly/aalborg-may2012/31-smart-cities-and-big-data.html “Big data.” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_data Berners-Lee, Tim. “The year open data went worldwide.” TED 2010. Feb 2010. Web. Feb 2013. Harris, Jonathan and Sep Kamvar. We Feel Fine. Web. www.wefeelfine.org/ Pentland, Sandy. “Using personal data to benefit citizenry.” TEDxCambridge. Mar 2012. Cambridge, MA. Web. Feb 2013. http://cities.media.mit.edu/projects/examples

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