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.
Anthony Townsend 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
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
Greg Lindsay 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
Photos by Emily Rhodes and Jorge Hernandez
Please join the NYU Rudin Center at three exciting events in December:
December 3, 9am: Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities? Based on the report Re-Programming Mobility by Dr. Anthony Townsend, NYU Rudin Center Senior Researcher. For more information and to RSVP visit: http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/rudin-12-03-2014
December 9, 6:30pm: Open in NYC: Open technology and tools for city government. Join Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center Digital Manager, and several other experts showcasing the latest location-based works in NYC, at Google NYC. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/open-in-nyc-tickets-12168378949
December 9th, 7:30pm: Cities +, Presented by the NYU Rudin Center and Satellite Magazine. Five lightning talks from transportation experts in video, data, ridership, collaborative planning and mapping at The Way Station in Prospect Heights. More information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1489962491284066
We hope to see you on December 3rd or 9th at one of these fantastic events.
Artwork above by Jeff Ferzoco, linepointpath, for Re-Programming Mobility.
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.
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/
NYU Rudin Senior Research Fellow Anthony Townsend discussed his new book and the growth of smart cities in Atlantic Cities. He said, “in 2011 when I started writing Smart Cities, the best forecast of the smart city market, in terms of credibility and without being too, sort of, puffing it up, was this group called Pike Research based in Boulder, Colorado. And they tagged it at $100 billion through 2020. And recently, about a month ago, the U.K. released its own forecast, and they’re saying $400 billion a year.” Read more here.