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Open city? Platform Urbanism and the data-driven urban innovation agenda


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What are the possibilities of open data in the city? This presentation takes a look at different ways of imagining cities in the age of big data - and introduces some critical questions about rights to knowledge and infrastructure not only for urban planners but everyday citizens as well.

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Open city? Platform Urbanism and the data-driven urban innovation agenda

  1. 1. “Not since the planting of cobblestones, the laying of water mains, or the roll out of sewage pipes have we installed such a vast and versatile new infrastructure for controlling and organising our physical world” Anthony Townsend, Smart Cities, 2013
  2. 2. Re-imagining the city: The City as software development kit
  3. 3. Re-imagining the city: The Urban Operating System
  4. 4. In 2012, for the first time ever, the TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet's future depends: the City 2.0
  5. 5. Re-imaging the city: open data interventions
  6. 6. A new civics? You are part of the mind of the smart city itself. And that gives you power to shape the future. Look in your pocket. You already own a smart-city construction kit. The democratization of computing power that started with the PC in the 1970s and leaped onto the Internet in the 1990s is now spilling out into the streets. Anthony Townsend 2013
  7. 7. Re-imaging the City: Platform Urbanism
  8. 8. "In 2012 it made less and less sense to talk about 'the Internet’, 'the PC business,' 'telephones,' 'Silicon Valley,' or 'the media,' and much more sense to just study Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. These big five American vertically organized silos are remaking the world in their image. ” -Bruce Stirling
  9. 9. When I wrote The World Is Flat [in 2005] Facebook did not exist, Twitter was a sound, the Cloud was a sky, 4G was a parking space, applications were what you sent to college, LinkedIn was a prison, and, for most people, Skype was a typo. All of that changed in Thomas Friedman, 2011
  10. 10. ‘Government as Platform’ There’s been a convulsive shock to the system that’s creating this burning platform in all of our institutions,” he says. “This is it. This is happening now.” – Don Tapscott “If you’re really building a platform, your customers and partners build new features before you do” – Tim O Reilly
  11. 11. Consumerisation of open data
  12. 12. Rights to infrastructure?