February 2017

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Intelligent Cities


For as long as we have lived in cities we have reflected on their form, feel, and function. From the launch of the first hot air balloon to the creation of geospatial information software, we have developed technologies that enable us to assess what we have done, what we are doing, and what we wish to do. Today, the scale and complexity of neighborhoods, towns, and cities are unprecedented, and so are our tools for understanding them. Intelligent Cities, a year-long initiative of the National Building Museum supported by partners TIME and IBM, and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, explored the intersection of information technology and urban design to understand where we are, where we want to be, and how to get there.

Intelligent Cities featured several events, including a one-day forum. Videos of forum sessions are available here.

Find the Intelligent Cities book in the Museum Shop. With contributions from experts in research, design, and technology, the Intelligent Cities offers an interdisciplinary look at the complex relationship between city form and technology. Award-winning, original infographics commissioned by the museum and thought-provoking essays enrich the discussion of new—and not so new—issues of technology and urban form. Intelligent Cities looks at the most ubiquitous of today’s technologies, such as the telephone and the computer, and offers new insight into their impacts on human settlement and society.