This is a selection of books that helped me better understand the relationship between cities and technology.

Last updated: March 29, 2020.

Smart Cities

by Anthony M. Townsend

Amazon

Smart Cities is the first comprehensive book dedicated to urban technology that I’ve come across. In contrast to common utopian or dystopian fortune-telling, Anthony…

What will buildings of the future look like? Will they have a bent Zaha Hadid-inspired shape? Will they be 3D-printed? We would argue that both luxury and affordable buildings of the future will be modular and reusable. …

(This article first appeared on TechCrunch on July 23rd, 2016)

In recent years, researchers and companies have been exploring new ways to improve buildings through analytics software, prefabrication, connected devices, new materials and construction automation. …

For all the hype around connected homes, thus far, the Internet of Things (IoT) industry hasn’t found an original killer use case. Could new behaviors or a radically new device emerge to become as universal in homes as refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, or computers?

By New York Times, Nicholas Felton

The 20th century saw multiple…

When and if autonomous cars arrive on the streets, they will affect not only traffic, but land use and real estate as well.

Today, places and most services have a fixed location. People drive to shops, restaurants, offices and hotels. With autonomous mobile platforms, some services could be unbundled from…

A single book shelf. That’s the size of the whole urban studies section within the flagship 5-floor Barnes & Noble store in New York. And only one book on this shelf is dedicated to technology.

Books are a good proxy for topics that are in demand in an industry —…

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Both an open plan office arrangement and private office approach are based on a flawed assumption that it’s possible to design an ideal space for average behaviors. Instead, we should aim to provide opportunities for bottom-up individual space planning. …

And why we should embrace that.

The “smart city” vision may sound futuristic, but it is based on the legacy urban planning ideals. Emerging technologies are overexposed to a status quo urban governance system that evolved over last century.

The early versions of “smart city” concepts propose centralized infrastructure governed…

Over the course of the last century, urban planners and architects designed cities as top-down and permanent systems. In Soviet cities, even mid-level architects could fix locations and exact types of all services and shops…

Fed Novikov

Co-founder Apt Buildings, Inc., previously Airbnb Samara and Asmbld

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