Thanks to IxDA Dublin we've got a great talk on the topic of software and the city.
This month's talk: Prof. Rob Kitchin - The Programmable City
Refresh Dublin is an event that promotes design, technology, usability and standards.
Refresh Dublin is a part of and inspired by the Refreshing Cities movement. The intent of Refresh Dublin is to provide a cross-discipline insight into all things design, interactive, creative and technical, so that different disciplines can learn from each other. Please contact one of the organisers if you want to speak.
Software is essential to the functioning of cities. It is deeply and pervasively embedded into the systems and infrastructure of the built environment and in the management and governance of urban societies.
Software-enabled technologies and services augment and facilitate how we understand and plan cities, how we manage urban services and utilities, and how we live urban lives. This talk will consider theoretical and methodological tools for understanding how (1) how software reshapes the city; (2) how the city is translated into software, with respect to four key urban practices - understanding, managing, working, and living in the city.
Prof. Rob Kitchin is Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He has published widely across the social sciences and is editor of the international journals, Progress in Human Geography and Dialogues in Human Geography.
He is a principal investigator for the Digital Repository Ireland, the Irish Qualitative Data Archive, and the All-Island Research Observatory, and he has recently been awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator award for a project entitled ‘The Programmable City’, which over the next five years will examine the intersection of ubiquitous computing, big data, software and smart urbanism. He blogs at Ireland After NAMA and The View From the Blue House and tweets at @robkitchin.