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Urban Computing and Its Discontents

Urban Computing and its DiscontentsThe Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series, published by the Architectural League of New York, explores the implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism: How are our experiences of the city and the choices we make in it affected by mobile communications, pervasive media, ambient informatics, and other “situated’ technologies? How will the ability to design increasingly responsive environments alter the ways we conceive of space? What do architects need to know about urban computing, and what do technologists need to know about cities? How are these issues themselves situated within larger social, cultural, environmental, and political concerns?

Published three times a year over three years and co-edited by Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz and Mark Shepard, the series is structured as a succession of nine “conversations’ between researchers, writers and other practitioners of architecture, art, philosophy of technology, comparative media study, performance studies, and engineering.

The first title in the series, entitled “Urban Computing and its Discontents’ and co-authored by Adam Greenfield and Mark Shepard, contains a conversation between the authors providing an overview of the key issues, historical precedents, and contemporary approaches to designing situated technologies and inhabiting cities populated by them.


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