Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape. From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In [...]
With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT’s Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets — like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away — to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving [...]
A leading researcher on globalization, global cities and new technologies Saskia Sassen discusses the current hype around smart cities. She reminds us that “It is the need to design a system that puts all that technology truly at the service of the inhabitants—and not the other way around.”
Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for [...]
Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an [...]
This short film is an adaptation of the classic urban design tome – “The Image of the City” – by Associate Professor Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Image of the City from Evan Mather on Vimeo.
Sami Niemelä is the creative director of Nordkapp, a Helsinki based group of experienced designers, strategists and technologists. Sami Niemelä at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.
Lecture 1. Recursion and the Fibonacci sequence. Universal scaling. Biophilia. N. Salingaros lecture 1 from 12 from arch4people on Vimeo. Lecture 2. Geometric Recursion and Fractals. The Sierpinski gasket. Perforation, bending, and folding. Anti-gravity anxiety. Architecture of the horizontal. N. Salingaros lecture 2 from 12 from arch4people on Vimeo. Lecture 3. Universal distribution of sizes. [...]
Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD from gnd on Vimeo.
A users guide to the Sentient City Survival Kit. survival.sentientcity.net Sentient City Survival Kit – Quick Start Guide from mark shepard on Vimeo.
In her role as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, Rachel Sterne is tasked with strengthening the City’s digital media presence and streamlining internal digital communications. In her talk, Sterne demonstrated recent innovations that are shaping the city’s future. Mentioning how city resident participation is crucial with a real-time approach, attendees were [...]
Renowned sociologist Sharon Zukin will discuss her latest book, The Naked City: the death and life of authentic urban places, which explores the gentrification of cities. Sharon Zukin is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and City University Graduate Center.
Una conferencia de José Luis de Vicente en el 13 Festival Internacional ZEMOS98.
For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this revolutionary book, Cities for People, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He [...]
Adam Greenfield is the author of Speedbird and the founder and managing director of Urbanscale. You might also have read his book “Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing”. Adam Greenfield at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.
El centro de São Paulo es un foco de resistencia política. Bairro da Luz, estigmatizado como “cracolandia” por el poder público, resiste a un intento de gentrificación en tentativa desde los años 70. El último capítulo en la historia de la política urbana del centro histórico de São Paulo, la última estrategia, es el exterminio. [...]
Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, questions notions of comfort and “cityness” in the global city of New York. © 2011 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
Small fragment of William H. Whyte’s witty and original film about the open spaces of cities and why some of them work for people while others do not. William H. Whyte: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces – The Street Corner from MAS on Vimeo.