Urban planning strategies con now benefit from new sources of realtime information coming from social networks allowing to sense the emotions, visions, desires and tensions of citizens.
Open data, online conversations and ubiquitous publishing as a strategic scenario: we will speak about this subject on Dec. 14th 2011 in Turin at the NEXA Center for Internet and Society, at the Turin Polytechnic.
Using realtime data – with specific emphasis on interoperable data using widely accepted open formats and with strong attention dedicated to the policies and practices which make this data available to the public – can open up scenarios for fundamental innovation in our cities.
The possibility to listen to the ideas, visions, emotions and proposals coming everyday from citizens – both explicitly and implicitly through inference on the patterns of how they use their cities, their workplaces, their shopping centers… –, brings up new positive scenarios.
Social Network Conversation Harvesting techniques allow us to listen to the continuous public discourse which can be actively interrelated with our cities and their transportation systems, infrastructures, architectural spaces, neighborhoods.
“Sensing Networks” can be created by applying natural language analysis techniques to the captured conversations, enabling organizations, institutions, companies and citizens themselves to be able to “read” the city as it is described by its citizens.
Sensor Networks can be included in the scenario to record realtime data on pollution, traffic and other quantities which shape the ecological, social, administrative and political life of the city.
By putting all this together, it is possible to create multiple narratives layered upon the city and allowing us to read the city in multiple ways, according to diverse strategies and methodologies which can highlight how the city (through its citizens and on its own, using sensors) expresses itself on the environment, culture, economy, transport, energy, politics.
This methodology for realtime observation of the city can be defined as a form of “ubiquitous anthropology”, based on the idea of participating in a network structure which can be considered as a “disseminated expert system”, coagulating diffused intelligence into realtime urban information processing frameworks.
In this context infoaesthetic representations act as enablers of radical strategies for information accessibility and usability.
Together with the idea of “user generated search engine”, they contribute in giving shape to a scenario in which the concept of citizenship can be reinvented, tending towards a vision in which the citizen is more aware and active, taking part in a multi-actor, multi-stakeholder, realtime, ubiquitous knowledge and collaboration environment: the city.
will present their current research on these topics at
37° Mercoledì di NEXA
Wednesday December 14th, 2011, 6pm – 8pm
Via Boggio 65/a, Turin (first floor)