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1st Edition

Code and the City

ISBN 9781138922112
Published April 18, 2016 by Routledge
260 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Software has become essential to the functioning of cities. It is deeply embedded into the systems and infrastructure of the built environment and is entrenched in the management and governance of urban societies. Software-enabled technologies and services enhance the ways in which we understand and plan cities. It even has an effect on how we manage urban services and utilities.

Code and the City explores the extent and depth of the ways in which software mediates how people work, consume, communication, travel and play. The reach of these systems is set to become even more pervasive through efforts to create smart cities: cities that employ ICTs to underpin and drive their economy and governance. Yet, despite the roll-out of software-enabled systems across all aspects of city life, the relationship between code and the city has barely been explored from a critical social science perspective. This collection of essays seeks to fill that gap, and offers an interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between software and contemporary urbanism.

This book will be of interest to those researching or studying smart cities and urban infrastructure.

Table of Contents

1 Code and the City: Introduction Rob Kitchin and Sung-Yueh Perng Section I: Code, Coding, Infrastructure, Cities 2 From a Single Line of Code to an Entire City: Reframing the Conceptual Terrain of Code/Space Rob Kitchin 3 The Internet of Urban Things Paul Dourish 4 Interfacing Urban Intelligence Shannon Mattern 5 Abstract Urbanism Matthew Fuller And Graham Harwood 6 Code-Traffic: Code Repositories, Crowds and Urban Life Adrian Mackenzie Section II Locative Media and Mobile Computing 7 Digital Social Interactions In The City: Reflecting On Location-Based Social Networks Luigina Ciolfi And Gabriela Avram 8 Feeling Place in The City: Strange Ontologies and Location-based Social Media Leighton Evans 9 Curating the City: Urban Interfaces and Locative Media as Experimental Platforms for Cultural Data Nanna Verhoeff and Clancy Wilmott 10 Moving Applications: A Multilayered Approach to Mobile Computing James Merricks White 11 Exploring Urban Social Media: Selfiecity and On Broadway Lev Manovich Section III Governance, Politics, Knowledge 12 Digital Urbanism in Crises Monika Büscher, Xaroula Kerasidou, Michael Liegl and Katrina Petersen 13 Coding Alternative Modes of Governance: Learning From Experimental ‘Peer to Peer Cities’ Alison Powell 14 Encountering the City at Hacking Events Sophia Maalsen and Sung-Yueh Perng 15 Semantic Cities: Coded Geopolitics and Rise of the Semantic Web Heather Ford and Mark Graham 16 Cities and Context: The Codification of Small Areas Through Geodemographic Classification Alex Singleton

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Rob Kitchin is Professor and ERC Advanced Investigator in the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Sung-Yueh Perng is a postdoctoral researcher on the Programmable City project at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.