Data transforming the design and management of urban centers
Everywhere you look there is data. Data on consumer trends, demographic breakdowns of cities and countries, and data on even more obscure topics. That data is transforming what we buy and, to some extent, how we live our lives. This is also the case with regard to the cities in which we live, reports the Economist.
“Yet the most immediate impact of urban data will be on how cities are managed. In a second research lab in Singapore, Mr [Carlo] Ratti [head of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] and his colleagues are developing software to turn cities into what he calls “real-time control systems”. These combine all kinds of data feeds, including information about the location of taxis and rainfall,” the magazine notes.