THE CITY OF TO­MOR­ROW

BOOK BY MATTHEW CLAUDEL AND CARLO RATTI

Azure - - MEDIA SHELF - BY ken­dra Jack­son

In a se­ries of well-de­vel­oped es­says, ar­chi­tect Carlo Ratti and de­signer Matthew Claudel (both of MIT’S Senseable City Lab) ar­gue that “the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion is poised to be the most rad­i­cally dis­rup­tive change that has ever recast the de­sign, con­struc­tion, and op­er­a­tion of our built en­vi­ron­ment.” Their ex­plo­ration of the pos­si­bil­i­ties – pre­sented as “what ifs” rather than hardand-fast pre­dic­tions – looks closely at the ties be­tween tech­nol­ogy, the city and the cit­i­zens who in­habit it. In what they re­fer to as “fu­ture­craft,” a method that uses present con­di­tions to imag­ine a “fic­tive but pos­si­ble fu­ture con­text,” the two cover ev­ery­thing from en­ergy dis­tri­bu­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture to mo­bil­ity and knowl­edge shar­ing. With the pro­lif­er­a­tion of smart phones, data about how we en­gage with our en­vi­ron­ment are be­ing col­lected and up­loaded on a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis, turn­ing ur­ban cen­tres into gi­ant net­works. As a re­sult, it’s no longer ur­ban plan­ners and de­sign­ers alone who will im­pact the di­rec­tion of change – it will likely be the in­hab­i­tants as well.

Yale Univer­sity Press (hardcover, 180 pages)

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