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Smart Cities - Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia [Anglais] [Relié]

Anthony M Townsend
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  • Relié: 400 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company (5 novembre 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0393082873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393082876
  • Dimensions du produit: 24,1 x 16,5 x 3,3 cm
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For anyone interested in smart cities and the way urban challenges will be faced in an era of new technology, this book is a must-read. It combines a tech savvy approach with an historical perspective that steers away from the naive purely technical point of view. I particularly enjoyed the great collection of past and present examples of the way cities and technology innovations interact, illustrating the book's main thesis on the need to put citizens at the core of smart urban solutions.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Smart Read 7 octobre 2013
Par Joel Natividad - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Required reading not only for urbanists, but for futurists as well. Anthony Townsend has written the book, now literally and figuratively, on the "21st century's first new industry - the multi-trillion dollar Smart City industry."

At the dawn of this new century, three things have come together accelerating us into our urbanized future - for the first time in 2008, more people now live in cities; mobile computers (AKA smartphones) are now pervasive; and the Internet of Things is on its way to being ubiquitous. And instead of us living in remote islands telecommuting in this flat world, it has actually made Cities even more attractive as it provides the connective fiber to support a vibrant, social, digital nervous system.

And everyone who has anything to do with running cities has taken notice - from City Hall, to civic hackers, to urban planners, to academia, entrepreneurs, and of course - giant system integrators.

Going from the Crystal Palace in Victorian London, to the shiny skyscrapers of South Korea's "smart city from scratch" Songdo, and even touching on Gelernter's "Mirror Worlds", Asimov's psychohistory and Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle, Townsend explores how technology will impact our future cities, extracting lessons from history - past, recent and future (I particularly enjoyed how he explored the failed attempts at building SimCity-like simulations in the 70s and how he compared it to Asimov's Hari Seldon).

And he just doesn't explore the contours of this important topic. Derived from these lessons - he finishes the book with his take on how to achieve our urbanized, utopian future.

My takeaway from these guidelines can be described by the epigraph at the beginning of the book - a quote from Shakespeare's "Tragedy of Coriolanus" - "What is the City but the people?" (As it happens, the exact same quote we used when we coined "peopleware" for our reinvent payphones submission - NYCdatawell)

Smart Cities are not made smart by various soon to be obsolete technologies built into its infrastructure, its how its citizens uses these ever-changing technologies to be "human-centered, inclusive and resilient." Or as we put it in BetaNYC, the hub of NYC's civic hacking community - to "Connect, Learn, Innovate and Collaborate" - to CLICk together. To me, these digital connections are the axons connecting the City as super organism.

As evidenced by my interpretation, perhaps I read the book through rose-colored glasses as a self-confessed civic hacker and the co-founder of an urban informatics startup, but I can't recommend this book highly enough.

After reading this book, I'm now reading "Mirror Worlds" (till I read this book, I didn't know that the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski targeted Gelernter precisely for his predictions) and a biography of Patrick Geddes - a polymath biologist turned social planner.

I'm now also re-reading Barabasi's "Linked", Gleick's "Chaos" and "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" for how these books describe network theory, complexity, chaos and emergence, and how Data, Information lies at the heart of systems. Not that Townsend mentioned these books, but I couldn't help but make the connection when he prescribed that when designing Smart Cities, we should "Build a Web, not an Operating System."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 watch how people use technology 10 novembre 2013
Par Eric Goldwyn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Smart Cities excels when it connects abstract ideas about smart technology with cities. Instead of cheering blithely for technical fixes like congestion pricing, he shows how technology, cities, and people thrive when fine-grained details and context are considered. Dr. Townsend clearly sees many of the benefits of ascendant technological advances aimed at urban management and governance, but his critical approach is meant to slow us down before adopting cookie-cutter solutions imported from other cities and countries. For those interested in cities and policy, the lessons distilled here are applicable to other areas of the city.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Nothing New 3 avril 2014
Par Jonathan Internicola - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was greatly disappointed by this book as the concepts were either references to well known projects or the author's personal anecdotes. Though I cannot aptly describe what I desired from the book, I finished it feeling greatly unfulfilled.

From this I make two suggestions:

1) Do not buy this book, borrow it from your local library.
2) It serves as an adequate survey of the various movements tangential to the movement. As such, I would recommend it to individuals who are unfamiliar with the topic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Getting Beyond Hope and Hype 5 janvier 2014
Par Chaos Pilot - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It is hard enough to figure out how cities work, let alone make them smarter. But as Townsend puts it, making cities smarter, might be "humanity's last attempt to have our cake and eat it too". Townsend offers a comprehensive and insightful exploration of current approaches and the shortcomings, from global technology firms building NASA like command centers to civic hackers building on newly opened city data. And he offers historical context for previous attempt to reconcile top down architectures with more emergent approaches. Perhaps most importantly, he notes how citizens have never been more empowered to help make cities smarter. And makes a very strong case for why more of us need to engage in the process. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most comprehensive text to date on smart cities 30 décembre 2013
Par Konstantinos Pelechrinis - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There have been numerous attempts to define what constitutes a smart city, each of which captures one (or just a few) aspects of the concept constrained from the domain that this definition originated. Anthony Townsend takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach and manages to give a spherical view of the current status of smart cities and where they are heading.

He starts with a description of the technological factors that render the development of smart cities possible and then takes us to a nice trip through the history of urbanization and urban planning. Townsend provides details about the current involvement of industry in the development of smart cities. I like a lot his critical view on everything. While he lists the positive things to come out from the various efforts, he also raises alerts that authorities/people need to be careful about. While he praises the possible benefits from civic hacking, he also looks down on the potential drawbacks if we overdo it. Me personally, working on this area, I found very interesting his story on Foursquare and his rhetorical questions on how a killer app and a breakthrough can have a negative impact on "urban serendipity".

Townsend's holistic view of the problem is really fascinating. One of the things that emphasizes is the inclusion of disadvantaged groups in the concept of smart cities. Whatever solution is to be developed it needs to consider the demographics of the population, a topic largely ignored. He also points out emphatically and with a number of real examples the need for inter-disciplinary collaboration in the development of smart cities as well as the participation of the grassroots and the bottom-up development. And what about when technology fails to deliver? There is always the implicit assumption that technology will always work, but our daily experience shows that this is not true! Townsend touches upon this important topic as well.

In his last chapter, he provides his own opinion and guidelines about the future of smart-cities based on the highly objective (in my opinion) discussion he provided in the previous chapters. I will not be a spoiler by providing them - or any of the enlightening real-world examples he provides - in my review, but the book is a must read (a) for everyone that works on the area regardless of his/her background and (b) for every city dweller that wants to participate in this transformation of our urban environments. After all, change needs to come from the grassroots, with the facilitation of the top. Enjoy your read!
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