Cities teach valuable lessons for information architecture
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John Tolva's excellent blog, Acent Staqe, looks at concepts around smarter cities and the broader implications for information technology. I really enjoyed his July 18 entry, Lessons from unmaking urban mistakes, which touches on some fascinating and famous examples of urban planning and depl
... technologies of networked interaction cut across multiple systems. Effects ramify outward from causes much more rapidly, potentially causing cascading failure or outage. To understand the city as a system of interdependent systems should be the foundation of any information architecture that seeks, as Adam Greenfield puts it, to enable "lives in a dense mesh of active, communicating public objects".
The High Line at 20th Street, NYC, looking downtown.
Todd Watson and I interviewed John at SXSW 2010 last Spring. Here's that podcast again.
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