Participatory Planning Workshop


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Presentation of Inc. at the Participatory Planning Workshop, November 13, 2009. Sponsors: Regional Planning Association and The Open Planning Project.

70 Planners gathered to think about digital tools to improve the planning process, with a particular focus on public engagement. This presentation describes the role the .nyc TLD in tagging city resources, and sought to stimulate the attendees to imagine other ways it can facilitate the planning process.

There is an audio track with the presentation running 8.5 minutes.

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Participatory Planning Workshop

  1. 1. Thinking About a city-TLD’s Role in Urban Planning By Thomas Lowenhaupt * * * Participatory Planning Tech Workshop November 13, 2009 New York City s p o n s o r s The Open Planning Project and Regional Planning Association
  2. 2. The .nyc TLD like .com, .net, .edu, .gov and .org but just for New York City
  3. 3. Today .nyc is perfect, precious, delicate, and complete.
  4. 4. Mathematically the algorithm indicates 253^38 names. (People discover domain names like Columbus “discovered” America.) We know all the names it will hatch.
  5. 5. <ul><li>There are different categories of names. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Good Names </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Names </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Programmer-Friendly Names </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Today I’m going to address the later. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Good Domain Names - short, descriptive, and memorable -
  7. 7. Technical Names - these help .nyc run effectively -
  8. 8. Programmer–Friendly Names In a digital era, these can make or break a city.
  9. 9. Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential Our GOAL: a more intuitive, accessible, livable and prosperous city. I n f r a s t r u c t u r e
  10. 10. Cyber “Land-Use” Plan The city’s “public space” has streets, monuments, curb cuts, fire plugs, utility holes, street lights, sewers, police cars, bus schedules… Our Cyber Land-Use plan assigns programmer–friendly names to these things. Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential
  11. 11. Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential
  12. 12. ( bus location) (bus number) (bus route) - a programmer-friendly name - Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential
  13. 13. Raw Meet for Mashups <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>------------------------- </li></ul>
  14. 14. Raw Meet for Mashups <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>------------------------- </li></ul>
  15. 15. Raw Meet for Mashups <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>------------------------- </li></ul>
  16. 16. Raw Meet for Mashups <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>------------------------- </li></ul>Later, the Museum might decide to add drop-curb info onto the map to aide people with wheels.
  17. 17. Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential Are these names useful for urban planning?
  18. 18. <ul><li>A library of the city’s digital infrastructure </li></ul>… where you can find things… Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential
  19. 19. <ul><li>A library of the city’s digital infrastructure </li></ul>… standards based … programmer-friendly … networkable city Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential
  20. 20. <ul><li>A library of the city’s digital infrastructure </li></ul>Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential In the future, when planning a vacation or business venture people will ask: How many apps does New York City have?
  21. 21. … today .nyc is in a precarious position. To an extent, the market will take care of the Good Domain Names. But the programmer-friendly names are in a very precarious position. Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential
  22. 25. .com
  23. 26. Calling Dr. Google
  24. 27. Timeline City RFP response due December 7 $$$$ $$$$ Other likely early city-TLDs .paris, .berlin, .bcn (Barcelona)
  25. 28. C H O I C E
  26. 29. Thinking About a city-TLDs Potential Inc. is a NYS not-for-profit. It advocates for the development of .nyc as public interest, digital infrastructure. * * *
  27. 30. Thanks <ul><li>Several graphics added the spark of life to this presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Humpty on wall - </li></ul><ul><li>Humpty falling - </li></ul><ul><li>Humpty broken - </li></ul><ul><li>Humpty with umbrella - </li></ul><ul><li>Phone booth head - </li></ul><ul><li>Pearl Harbor Day - </li></ul><ul><li>Manhattan map - </li></ul><ul><li>* * * </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>