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Making life in cities more sustainable by using data, analytics and collaboration

The Internet of Things and Material Media are of great concern to us at MEDEA. Below are one event and two articles that are relevant for the field.

The Intelligent Cities Forum, June 6
The Intelligent Cities Forum is about making life in cities more sustainable by using data, analytics, collaboration and foresight. On Monday June 6, the forum explores the intersection of data, technology, and cities and will engage thought leaders, government officials, and citizens to think about how to use existing and emerging technologies to improve our built environment. Topics include:

– What Makes an Intelligent City?
– The City as a Lab
– Engaging the Broader Community
– Regionally Thinking: Transportation, Affordability, and Equity
– Imagining a Healthier City
– Community and Social Interaction in the Wireless City
– Designing a Collaborative Built Environment

The presentations will be webcast on Learn more about the agenda and the speakers here.

Information as a design material – just like plastic, iron and wood
In a talk at Device Design Day 2010, interaction designer Mike Kuniavsky talked about information as design material and what design properties information have: it can sense the world, it can autonomously act on the world, it can remember, repeat exactly and it can create complex behavior. You can watch the presentation embedded below or read a transcript of the talk at

Information as a Material from Kicker Studio on Vimeo.

Project explores human factor in ‘smarter cities’
Changing behavior is never achieved by inventing and implementing new technology; it requires a holistic view of what processes are taking place in society. In the Smart Neighborhood project in Boston, USA, scientists are collaborating with citizens in an effort to lower the carbon footprint of the community.

“We have a various smart stuff which may be tied to a building or a technology but we want to take a more holistic view,” said Nalin Kulatilaka, a professor of finance at Boston University and one of the investigators. “And we thought the right unit of analysis was the neighborhood.”

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Article suggestions 2 & 3 by Jonas Löwgren