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a planet of civic laboratories                    bottom-up                    innovation             for the smart city  ...
What is a smart city? Let’s look back in time…
1855 city of the telegraph
“calm and tranquil, almost motionless manof the earlier generations that preceded us”                      vs.“active, dar...
1855 four utilities
2011 “the network is the fourth utility”Wim ElfrinkChief Globalization OfficerCisco Systems (2011)
1890 urban analytics 1.0
“smart” technology unlocked urban growth 6,000,000 5,000,000 4,000,000 3,000,000 2,000,000 1,000,000        0             ...
global urban population      1900 13%      1950 29%      2008 50%      2100 90%
double the world’s urban population in 100 years
completely urbanize the planet
2008urbanization and ubiquity      collide again
2008    more than 50% urban  5 billion people connectedmore mobile broadband than fixedmore things online than people
a symbiosis
“in the lifetimes of our children, the   urbanization project will be competed.We will have built the system of cities tha...
so we get one chanceto urbanize properly
ubiquity is a driver of     urbanization      also a toolkitto address its challenges
2011 New Songdo City
behind the scenes innovations re-inventing existing systemsefficiency, control, convenience
there’s another visionentrepreneurs + citizen hackers sociability, transparency, fun
environmental monitoringla montre Verte / City Pulse
crisis managementUshahidi
citizen sentiment dynamics         Pulse of the Nation
city governmentsfuel the fire with   open data
we all believe…we are building technologies  that make cities better
 “better” 
fast-emerging conflicts over…     what should be measured          how it is measuredhow it is used to analyze and control...
a battle for the smart city?
in my city!
the battle for the motorized city
“Cities have the capability ofproviding something for everybody only because and only when they        are created by ever...
a planet of civic laboratories??good technology design is just like good city designevery city must address its own unique...
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY Center for Urban Science and Progress          “Using cities as living laboratories    will be essenti...
avoiding the battle:aligning smart city stakeholdersindustry        startups   government
a planet of civic laboratories                    bottom-up                    innovation             for the smart city  ...
Anthony Towsend_ A planet of civic laboratories
Anthony Towsend_ A planet of civic laboratories
Anthony Towsend_ A planet of civic laboratories
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Anthony Towsend_ A planet of civic laboratories

  1. 1. a planet of civic laboratories bottom-up innovation for the smart city Anthony Townsend Research Director INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTURE SmartCity Expo and World Congress Barcelona 29 November 2011
  2. 2. What is a smart city? Let’s look back in time…
  3. 3. 1855 city of the telegraph
  4. 4. “calm and tranquil, almost motionless manof the earlier generations that preceded us” vs.“active, daring, entrepreneurial man… whoin a few brief instants travels vastdistances…the man who in just minutes transmits andcirculates his news, his instructions, hiscommands right around the globe.”
  5. 5. 1855 four utilities
  6. 6. 2011 “the network is the fourth utility”Wim ElfrinkChief Globalization OfficerCisco Systems (2011)
  7. 7. 1890 urban analytics 1.0
  8. 8. “smart” technology unlocked urban growth 6,000,000 5,000,000 4,000,000 3,000,000 2,000,000 1,000,000 0 1890 1900 1910 1920 New York Chicago
  9. 9. global urban population 1900 13% 1950 29% 2008 50% 2100 90%
  10. 10. double the world’s urban population in 100 years
  11. 11. completely urbanize the planet
  12. 12. 2008urbanization and ubiquity collide again
  13. 13. 2008 more than 50% urban 5 billion people connectedmore mobile broadband than fixedmore things online than people
  14. 14. a symbiosis
  15. 15. “in the lifetimes of our children, the urbanization project will be competed.We will have built the system of cities that their descendants will live with forever” -Paul Romer, economist
  16. 16. so we get one chanceto urbanize properly
  17. 17. ubiquity is a driver of urbanization also a toolkitto address its challenges
  18. 18. 2011 New Songdo City
  19. 19. behind the scenes innovations re-inventing existing systemsefficiency, control, convenience
  20. 20. there’s another visionentrepreneurs + citizen hackers sociability, transparency, fun
  21. 21. environmental monitoringla montre Verte / City Pulse
  22. 22. crisis managementUshahidi
  23. 23. citizen sentiment dynamics Pulse of the Nation
  24. 24. city governmentsfuel the fire with open data
  25. 25. we all believe…we are building technologies that make cities better
  26. 26.  “better” 
  27. 27. fast-emerging conflicts over… what should be measured how it is measuredhow it is used to analyze and control who owns it who has access where it goes later
  28. 28. a battle for the smart city?
  29. 29. in my city!
  30. 30. the battle for the motorized city
  31. 31. “Cities have the capability ofproviding something for everybody only because and only when they are created by everybody.” -Jane Jacobs
  32. 32. a planet of civic laboratories??good technology design is just like good city designevery city must address its own unique problems every city has to adapt, repurpose, create its own solutions every city is a laboratory for smart
  33. 33. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY Center for Urban Science and Progress “Using cities as living laboratories will be essential to this research enterprise.”
  34. 34. avoiding the battle:aligning smart city stakeholdersindustry startups government
  35. 35. a planet of civic laboratories bottom-up innovation for the smart city Anthony Townsend Research Director INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTURE SmartCity Expo and World Congress Barcelona 29 November 2011

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