Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
From sewers to railroads to electricity, technology has long informed the way we build and interact with cities. Smart Cities, by author Anthony M. Townsend, looks at the past and future of this phenomenon, through the lens of urban planning. In particular, the book assesses how cities are deploying technologies such as sensors, wireless networks, and data analytics to provide services to citizens. Townsend, a visiting professor at NYU and the director of technology at the think tank Institute for the Future, examines technology deployments in cities around the world and details the new forms of civic engagement they have created.