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Actuating Cities

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 3–5 pm


Illustration of people and devices tethered between an information cloud and a streetmap

Small, portable computers are an integral part of our lives. With the ubiquity of wireless connectivity, they are integrated into our physical environment. If we imagine our future city as a computer in the open air, how will citizens take part in programming and improving their environment? What opportunities will this present for addressing some of the pressing challenges of today? How will this catalyze innovation, promote equity, or impact governance?

In this workshop, examples of projects that explore this future scenario will be shown, followed by an interactive exercise for designing real-time urban services. Led by Assaf Biderman, associate director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab.

Photo: courtesy Assaf Biderman

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