Urbanism at our Information Age
The entry of new digital tools in our daily life has brought new layers to it. Most of the population in the Western world owns a smartphone, which gives them access to a sea of information and endless possibilities, which is all immediately available. We have new tools to be conducted in the open urban space and the built environment.
Our mobile devices have applications that help us perform daily activities and enrich them with new layers, For example; communication between the individual and groups, orientation in space, effective use of public transportation, finding a job, managing business and social contacts, finding romantic relationships, visual documentation of social situations, culinary activities, space and more…
The political life receives new layers as well, where previously politicians would come to the town square to communicate with voters, today the candidate's Facebook page is the way to convey their messages to the public.
At the same time, these new digital tools are raising the number of people going to rallies. Information and agenda are exposed to a large audience quickly. Bottom-up actions create some alternative activities in public spaces. Digital tools also enable proactive digital games in town.
New kind of money comes up, money that is not relate to a country or even a bank.
The hospitality and tourism interface changes, new applications are changing the rules of the game and are creating alternative accommodation around the city.
All applications that serve the examples I've given and much more other produce large database, rich, accurate, available of how people communicate, hosts, affect, their likes and dislikes-BIG DATA.
Would this Data be a new generator for our urban planning?