Blog, urban sciencies

The Quantum City

Do city planners play dice with cities? The question admits of several answers, and all of them are probably true and false at the same time. In any case, recognizing the intricate complexity of the city advises accepting our limits when modeling and predicting its behaviors. Big data can help us understand the city, but the city is not the product of a creator, rather each inhabitant creates their own version every day when they open their eyes.

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Blog, urban design

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KPIs for an agile and evolutionary urban design

One of the first KPIs (Key Performance Indicator) that I remember seeing for urban space is included in the Maciá Plan that Josep Lluìs Sert carried out for Barcelona in the 1930s. It proposed as the main KPI the decrease in infant mortality in the Ciutat Vella district, which at that time was around 20% per year.

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Blog, urban sciencies

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7 scientific laws about cities that will fascinate you

Urban development, as everything in nature, follows certain rules. It is a question of time that science will find more laws about cities....

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Blog, Smart Cities

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3GPP: Smart Cities Should Engage With Mobile Standards Developers

A challenge for smart cities is to identify the impact of new standards and technologies and determine how 5G standards development creates (or constrains) opportunities for urban innovation.

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Publications, urban innovation

The urban innovation spiral

The time-lapse between two disruptive innovation is shortening, the innovation pace is accelerating exponentially. The quest for new basic energy sources advances quicker than ever: wood, coal, oil, renewables, coltan, lithium… maybe data in the near future (why not?), with most of this research happening in urban innovation ecosystems.

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Featured

Book reviews, Featured, urban planning

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Jane Jacobs: Death and Life of Cities

Jane Jacobs’s “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, her main book published in 1961, still remains a surprising source of ideas covering a multitude of aspects that guide life in cities: the economy, security, habitat, traffic, governance, planning, participation…

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Featured, Talks and interviews

Spring 2020 On-line Program of Talks & Lectures

No travel, no face-to-face events this spring. But we will be sharing screens and ideas anyway. In these hard times, there is a lot to be talking about on urban innovation and smart cities: data, DIY manufacturing, open challenges for recovery, start-ups.

Join us in our next talk:

June, 16th. At the Smart Cities’ Sofa Summits. Talk about “Smart City Challenges for Recovery after Covid-19”

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Featured, Urban Studies

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Master in Collective Housing (MCH) – UPM/ETH

(MCH), an international postgraduate program of advanced architecture design in cities and housing presented by Universidad Politécnica...

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Blog, Featured, urbanism

Situationists For Open City Makers

Amongst the “avant garde” revolutionary intellectuals, the situationists were one of a kind. Though they were few, they often were waging battles under the leadership of a young Guy Débord to surpass other contemporary movements such as letterism and surrealism. Their views on urbanism or automation were anticipatory.

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