Next City talks to two of our researchers, Anthony Townsend and Sarah Kaufman, about patterns in big data and challenges cities face in using it. And they ask, would you share your private data for the good of city planning planning? Well, would you?
“As the data accumulates, these traffic schemas acquire a third dimension: They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year.
They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year. Using cellphone data, for example, “you can really see the story of how a metropolitan area has evolved, over the last decade,” says Anthony Townsend, the author of Smart Cities.
Many of these ideas are hypothetical, for the moment, because so-called “granular” data is so hard to come by…Corporate entities, like Uber’s pending data offering to Boston, don’t always meet researchers’ standards. “It’s going to be a lot of superficial data, and it’s not clear how usable it’ll be at this point,” explains Sarah Kaufman.”
On December 3, the Rudin Center held an event on “Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities?” which explored four forecasts of mobility, land use and transportation planning in U.S. metropolitan areas in 2030. A presentation of the Rudin Center’s recent report on digital innovation and transportation was presented by Senior Research Scientist Anthony Townsend, followed by commentary and insight from four invited panelists:
- Robin Chase, Buzzcar
- Stacey Hodge, New York City Department of Transportation
- Greg Lindsay, Visiting Scholar, NYU Rudin Center
- Benjamin De La Peña, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
A full run-down of the event can be found at NYU News.
Benjamin de la Pena, Knight Foundation, discussing mobility in world cities at the Re-Programming Mobility Summit at the NYU Rudin Center, 12/3/14
Stacey Hodge, NYC DOT, discussing freight at the Re-Programming Mobility Summit at the NYU Rudin Center, 12/3/14
Anthony Townsend at the Re-Programming Mobility Summit at the NYU Rudin Center, 12/3/14
Robin Chase, ZipCar, at the Re-Programming Mobility Summit at the NYU Rudin Center, 12/3/14
Greg Lindsay at the Re-Programming Mobility Summit at the NYU Rudin Center, 12/3/14
Photos by Emily Rhodes and Jorge Hernandez
Anthony Townsend’s new report on the future of transportation:
“With generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management has developed a set of four alternative future scenarios set in a selection of representative U.S. metropolitan areas in 2030. Based on our synthesis of current and anticipated technological innovations and expert speculation on their impacts from over 150 source documents, these scenarios highlight:
- likely and possible shifts in the market for mobility, public financing schemes, and the overall structure and function of the U.S. transportation system at a metropolitan level,
- the kinds of organizational changes that transportation regulators, funding agencies, and public planning institutions need to begin preparing for now, and
- the kinds of skills and practices that might be required of transportation planners in the future.”
Read more on the project website.
Join us at the sixth edition of Short Talks, Big Ideas on September 23rd.
RSVP here – http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/rudin-09-23-2014
Sponsored by the Rudin Center and by the University Transportation Research Center
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
Join the NYU Rudin Center to learn about the frontiers of transportation in this sixth event of the Short Talks, Big Ideas series.
Speakers will deliver lightning presentations about their work and ideas, followed by networking and refreshments. We guarantee the audience will learn something new.
John Biggs, TechCrunch – “Mytro”
Arlene Ducao, MindRider – Brain wave-tracking bike helmets
Richard Dunks, NYU CUSP – Water Street Corridorscope
Malinda Foy, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Neysa Pranger, Control Group – Beacon technology for transit
Ryan Russo, NYC DOT – Vision Zero
Paul Salama, WXY Architecture + Urban Design – Green loading zones
Jose Soegaard, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance – Development of the NY/NJ waterfront
Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation
Follow @NYURudin for more speaker announcements, and join the discussion on Twitter at #BigIdeas14
“No one receives a social penalty for aggressive driving, and only rarely a legal penalty,” writes Tom Vanderbilt, NYU Rudin Center Visiting Scholar, in The New York Times. Read his full piece about the psychological aspects of attaining Vision Zero here.
Full Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/opinion/how-the-power-of-suggestion-can-slow-speeding-drivers.html
Join us at the South Street Seaport on July 8th at 6:30pm for a discussion of big transportation ideas. Details below; register here.
In this thoughtful look at smart cities in Metropolis Magazine, the book by Anthony Townsend gets a big thumbs-up.
Full link: http://www.metropolismag.com/February-2014/Big-Data-Big-Questions/