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- DescriptionOur cities are smart and getting smarter as information processing capability is embedded throughout more and more of our urban infrastructure. Few of us object to traffic light control systems that respond to the ebbs and flows of city traffic; but we might be taken aback when discount coupons for our favorite espresso drink are beamed to our mobile phones as we walk past a Starbucks. Sentient City explores the experience of living in a city that can remember, correlate, and anticipate. Five teams of architects, artists, and techlogists imagine a variety of future interactions that take place as computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, streets, and public spaces of the city. Too Smart City employs city furniture as enforcers: a bench ejects a sitter who sits too long, a sign displays the latest legal codes and warns passersby against transgression, and a trashcan throws back the wrong kind of trash. Amphibious Architecture uses underwater sensors and lights to create a human-fish-environment feedback loop; Natural Fuse uses a network of electronically assisted plants to encourage energy conservation; Trash Track follows smart-tagged garbage on its journey through the city's waste-management system; and Breakout uses wireless techlogy and portable infrastructure to make the entire city a collaborative workplace. These projects are described, documented, and illustrated by 100 images, most in color. Essays by prominent thinkers put the idea of the sentient city in theoretical context.
- Author BiographyMark Shepard is Assistant Professor of Architecture andMedia Study at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and an editorof the Situated Technologies pamphlet series, published by the ArchitectureLeague of New York.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication18/03/2011
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note80 color illus., 20 b&w illus.
- Weight522 g
- Width170 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byMark Shepard
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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