The Future of the City is Temporary
In many ways, the “smart” city is already here: public wifi, location-based services and embedded digital display systems embodying a few of the most present, if not visible, harbingers. And there are deeper evolutions afoot: energy and data infrastructures are becoming more complex and at the same time more seamlessly integrated into the material and structure of the world about. But, what is the essential character of these systems as they grow into the future?
The language of interaction design for the city inevitably intersects with time considerations. Time’s role in the design of the city isn’t just about issues of pacing, but of duration and investment.
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