Towards an Open Source Urbanism

This blog was created with the idea of trying to make a reflection on issues that are driving a change in the approach to urban planning and the relationship between city and citizen.

Although is part of a larger project that is step by step taking shape, the fact of starting writing had been driven by a number of influences, influences that I would like to explain and recommend in this post.

The article published on April 18 2012, entitled, like this post, Hacia un Urbanismo de Código Abierto made me discover the great blog of José Fariña which has become a clear reference to my work. José Fariña is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and his work on his blog is a lesson on current topics of tremendous interest.

In that article, Fariña talks about another person that, in my opinion, makes a brilliant contribution to the debate about the evolution of the city in the XXI Century: Saskia Sassen. I knew her work since I had the opportunity to attend a lecture of her at Pace University in New York, but in this article I found some of their interesting thoughts about what is for her a real open source urbanism, exposing his concept of “Urbanizing Technology“.

Fariña also quotes one of his PhD ex-alumni with whom I later had the opportunity to contact through the Social Media tools: Domenico di Siena.

Domenico di Siena carries the blog urbanohumano about the SentientCity, Emergent Urbanism, Local Development, Social Networks and Social Innovation, participating actively in a wide range of seminars, discussions and debates on these issues.

The post talks about the need for urban processes visible to the public to really walk towards a smart city. And the important role that social networks are playing in virtual communication between citizens that becomes physical using the shared spaces of the city. Is a way of thinking focused on a way of acting which I consider a very successful way for the evolution of our cities.

As Fariña and Sassen say, to be able to speak of an open source city we need transparency, virtual and physically. The technology allows us to do it: data collection, social media, material improvements… is a concept applicable from, for example, the ambit of the public transport network (what if the different layers of movement of people in town were visible between them?, and if we knew in real time pollution data from the use of a way of transport or another?) up to, again, the relationship between politics and making a city (transparency of data on budgets, projects, laws…).

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One response to “Towards an Open Source Urbanism

  1. Pingback: Towards an Open Source Urbanism « OpenSourceUrbanism | Open Hacking

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