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Hacking the City
                          Future Translations of the Built Environment




Twitter hash: #hackaden
“In the networked city, the truly pressing need
is for translators: people capable of opening
occult systems up, demystify...
Today, almost anything—any
object, process or system—can
be instrumented, interconnected
and infused with intelligence.
More than ever before,
human life revolves
around the city.

In 1900,

13%
of the world’s
population
lived in cities.
More than ever before,
human life revolves
around the city.
In 2007,
that number
surpassed


50%
—and it
continues
to grow...
More than ever before,
human life revolves
around the city.

By 2050,


70%
of all people on earth
will be city dwellers.
...
This reality holds
enormous promise for
people everywhere.
Nowhere is the
potential for progress
more evident than in
the ...
The city is a
    microcosm of the
major challenges and
  opportunities facing
 the planet today, but
       intensified an...
Here, all man-made
systems intersect, interact
and interconnect with one
another—forming a complex
system of systems.
The city is a platform.
[mbta]
“The patterns of data in the streets, the
systems that enable and carry them, the
quality of those connections, their vari...
latent


explicit
invisible


visible
built environment


   read/write
  environment
The fully networked city is less a collection of
objects than an assemblage of resources that
can be read from and written...
Instrumentation and interconnection create
a new kind of physical space, more akin to a
networked information resource.

M...
What does it mean for a city to be
read/write?

How can we design a city that is
as conditioned by its tangible
architectu...
The city of information is accessible.
The city of information is context-rich.
The city of information is not a social network.
The city of information surfaces patterns.
Transportation connects with utilities…
>Impact of hybrid car use
 on electricity production




                         ...
…connects with healthcare…
>Impact of energy-sector CO2 emissions on
 public health
>Impact of hybrid car use
 on electric...
…connects with education…
>Impact of student health on school
 attendance and performance
>Impact of energy-sector CO2 emi...
…connects with public safety…
>Impact of school attendance
 and performance on crime rates
>Impact of student health on sc...
…connects with
government services.
>Impact of crime fighting
 and incarceration rates on
 public tax burden and allocation...
…all of which connects with
local businesses.
>Impact of easier, safer access and deliveries
 promotes local job developme...
What are the implications of a
readable, networked urbanism?
“In the networked city, the truly pressing need
is for translators: people capable of opening
occult systems up, demystify...
Hacking the City
                          Future Translations of the Built Environment




Twitter hash: #hackaden
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil
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Presentation to the A+DEN ( Architecture+Design Education Network) conference in Chicago, November 6, 2009.

More here: http://www.adenweb.org/conference2009/schedule

Note: the lion's share of this presentation (slides 1 - 69) are by John Tolva. This PDF does not do it justice.

Here it is as a movie: http://ascentstage.com/A+DEN/A+DEN_Tolva-DXO.mov

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"Hacking the City" by John Tolva and Daniel X. O'Neil

  1. 1. Hacking the City Future Translations of the Built Environment Twitter hash: #hackaden
  2. 2. “In the networked city, the truly pressing need is for translators: people capable of opening occult systems up, demystifying them, explaining their implications to the people whose neighborhoods and choices and very lives are increasingly conditioned by them.” — Adam Greenfield
  3. 3. Today, almost anything—any object, process or system—can be instrumented, interconnected and infused with intelligence.
  4. 4. More than ever before, human life revolves around the city. In 1900, 13% of the world’s population lived in cities.
  5. 5. More than ever before, human life revolves around the city. In 2007, that number surpassed 50% —and it continues to grow. Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, World Urbanization Prospects, 2007
  6. 6. More than ever before, human life revolves around the city. By 2050, 70% of all people on earth will be city dwellers. Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, World Urbanization Prospects, 2007
  7. 7. This reality holds enormous promise for people everywhere. Nowhere is the potential for progress more evident than in the world’s cities.
  8. 8. The city is a microcosm of the major challenges and opportunities facing the planet today, but intensified and accelerated.
  9. 9. Here, all man-made systems intersect, interact and interconnect with one another—forming a complex system of systems.
  10. 10. The city is a platform.
  11. 11. [mbta]
  12. 12. “The patterns of data in the streets, the systems that enable and carry them, the quality of those connections, their various levels of openness or privacy, will all affect the way the street feels rather more than street furniture or road signs. Holes in data, public and private, may become more relevant than the pothole in the pavement — until you trip over it, at least.” — Dan Hill
  13. 13. latent explicit
  14. 14. invisible visible
  15. 15. built environment read/write environment
  16. 16. The fully networked city is less a collection of objects than an assemblage of resources that can be read from and written to, queried and realigned. Citizens move from observers of to participants in the urban fabric.
  17. 17. Instrumentation and interconnection create a new kind of physical space, more akin to a networked information resource. More like the Internet itself.
  18. 18. What does it mean for a city to be read/write? How can we design a city that is as conditioned by its tangible architecture as it is by its information architecture?
  19. 19. The city of information is accessible.
  20. 20. The city of information is context-rich.
  21. 21. The city of information is not a social network.
  22. 22. The city of information surfaces patterns.
  23. 23. Transportation connects with utilities… >Impact of hybrid car use on electricity production Education Public safety Utilities Traffic Healthcare Government services
  24. 24. …connects with healthcare… >Impact of energy-sector CO2 emissions on public health >Impact of hybrid car use on electricity production Education Public safety Utilities Traffic Healthcare Government services
  25. 25. …connects with education… >Impact of student health on school attendance and performance >Impact of energy-sector CO2 emissions on public health >Impact of hybrid car use on electricity production Education Public safety Utilities Traffic Healthcare Government services
  26. 26. …connects with public safety… >Impact of school attendance and performance on crime rates >Impact of student health on school attendance and performance >Impact of energy-sector CO2 emissions on public health >Impact of hybrid car use Education Public on electricity production safety Utilities Traffic Healthcare Government services
  27. 27. …connects with government services. >Impact of crime fighting and incarceration rates on public tax burden and allocation >Impact of school attendance and performance on crime rates Education >Impact of student health on school Public safety attendance and performance Utilities >Impact of energy-sector CO2 emissions on public health >Impact of hybrid car use on electricity production Traffic Healthcare Government services
  28. 28. …all of which connects with local businesses. >Impact of easier, safer access and deliveries promotes local job development >Impact of crime fight and incarceration rates on public tax burden and allocation >Impact of school attendance and performance on crime rates Education Public safety >Impact of student health on school Utilities attendance and performance >Impact of energy-sector CO2 emissions on public health >Impact of hybrid car use Traffic on electricity production Healthcare Government services
  29. 29. What are the implications of a readable, networked urbanism?
  30. 30. “In the networked city, the truly pressing need is for translators: people capable of opening occult systems up, demystifying them, explaining their implications to the people whose neighborhoods and choices and very lives are increasingly conditioned by them.” — Adam Greenfield
  31. 31. Hacking the City Future Translations of the Built Environment Twitter hash: #hackaden

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