Over the past decade, a new set of interactive, open, participatory and networked spatial media have become widespread. These include mapping platforms, virtual globes, user-generated spatial databases, geodesign and architectural and planning tools, urban dashboards and citizen reporting geo-systems, augmented reality media, and locative media. Collectively these produce and mediate spatial big data and are re-shaping spatial knowledge, spatial behaviour, and spatial politics. Understanding Spatial Media brings together leading scholars from around the globe to examine these new spatial media, their attendant technologies, spatial data, and their social, economic and political effects. The 22 chapters are divided into the following sections: • Spatial media technologies • Spatial data and spatial media • The consequences of spatial media Understanding Spatial Media is the perfect introduction to this fast emerging phenomena for students and practitioners of geography, urban studies, data science, and media and communications.

Producing Smart Cities

Producing Smart Cities

Michael Batty

Changing conceptions of the city

Just as our cities have become less polluted, greener and, at least in the west, more prosperous, our interest in them has dramatically accelerated. Big cities, in particular, are the flavour of the month. They attract the young and the talented, the cool and the creative. They are fast becoming the places where the future is being invented through new information technologies (IT), new lifestyles, and new modes of entertainment, consumption and work. Into this milieu has come the idea that cities can be automated in the same way that industrial systems were automated in earlier generations, but this time around it is the collective functions of cities that are being ...

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