《SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia》

2014.09.16 00:00

Heads Up 1:

As the font gets bigger using the applications noted at the bottom of the page, I noticed that the book’s own Contents page goes a bit out of alignment.

Heads Up 2:

There appears to be an Audible unabridged audio book available of this as well. It’s 11 hour and 43 minutes long. Narrated by a Jeremy Arthur who, on having a wee look at, has narrated a number of fiction and non-fiction.


Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Language: English

Edition: 1st (2013)


ISBN13: 978-0-393-24153-2


SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony M. Townsend

An unflinching look at the aspiring city-builders of our smart, mobile, connected future.

We live in a world defined by urbanization and digital ubiquity, where mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, machines dominate a new "internet of things," and more people live in cities than in the countryside.

In Smart Cities, urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies from the rise of the great industrial cities of the nineteenth century to the present. A century ago, the telegraph and the mechanical tabulator were used to tame cities of millions. Today, cellular networks and cloud computing tie together the complex choreography of mega-regions of tens of millions of people.

In response, cities worldwide are deploying technology to address both the timeless challenges of government and the mounting problems posed by human settlements of previously unimaginable size and complexity. In Chicago, GPS sensors on snow plows feed a real-time "plow tracker" map that everyone can access. In Zaragoza, Spain, a "citizen card" can get you on the free city-wide Wi-Fi network, unlock a bike share, check a book out of the library, and pay for your bus ride home. In New York, a guerrilla group of citizen-scientists installed sensors in local sewers to alert you when stormwater runoff overwhelms the system, dumping waste into local waterways.

As technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and an emerging vanguard of civic hackers are trying to shape this new frontier, Smart Cities considers the motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings of them all while offering a new civics to guide our efforts as we build the future together, one click at a time.

A bit about the Author (courtesy of

‘Anthony M. Townsend is an American researcher. Townsend specializes in research on the implications of technology on cities and public institutions…’


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