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Edited by Mark Shepard
Published by The Architectural League of New York and MIT Press

Case studies by David Benjamin, Soo-in Yang, and Natalie Jeremijenko; Haque Design + Research; SENSEable City Lab; David Jimison and JooYoun Paek; and Anthony Townsend, Antonina Simeti, Dana Spiegel, Laura Forlano, and Tony Bacigalupo

Essays by Martijn de Waal, Keller Easterling, Matthew Fuller, Anne Galloway, Dan Hill, Omar Khan, Saskia Sassen, Trebor Scholz, Hadas Steiner, Kazys Varnelis, and Mimi Zeiger

Now available on Amazon.com or directly from MIT Press.

Our cities are “smart” and getting smarter, we’re told, as information processing capability is embedded throughout the urban environment.  Sentient City explores the experience of living in a city that uses networked digital technologies to remember, correlate, and anticipate.  Five teams of architects, artists, and technologists imagine a variety of future interactions that take place as computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, streets, and public spaces of the city.  Less invested in predicting future trends in urban technology, these case studies and accompanying collection of essays focus more on debating just what kind of future cities we might want.

The book documents and extends the 2009 exhibition Toward the Sentient City, curated by Mark Shepard and organized by the Architectural League.

Design: Thumb (Luke Bulman and Jessica Young)

Toward the Sentient City

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An exhibition critically exploring the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing, architecture and urban space.

Turbulence: Air Responsive Architecture

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A graduate research studio that explores the atmosphere of the freeway and proposes various responsive architecture that engage its ecology.

Media Robotics I: Physical Computing

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This course introduces basic concepts and techniques for creating objects, spaces and media that sense and respond to their physical surroundings.

False Positive

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It is not just the trust we place in network infrastructure but also our willingness to trade bits […]

SEEN-Fruits of your labor

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An infrared urban screen for promoting dialogue and interaction between remote publics.

Day For Night

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Day For Night was a temporary architectural environment that operated on the street life of downtown San Jose, California […]

Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series

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The Situated Technologies Pamphlets series explores the implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism.

Extreme Homeostats: the architecture of ill-tempered environments

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A graduate design studio that develops responsive architecture for the NYC subway and addresses environmental health problems.

Atmospheric Urbanism

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Investigating how natural and artificial atmospheric systems can serve as models for the design, analysis and interpretation of the architecture of urban environments.

Propagative Urbanism

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Propagative Urbanism is a way of thinking about shaping the architecture of urban space in terms of a bottom-up, participatory approach to the evolution of cities.

Sentient City: ubiquitous computing, architecture and the future of urban space

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Sentient City explores the experience of living in a city that employs networked digital technologies to remember, correlate, and anticipate.