Urban Intelligence

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Urban Intelligence

Spring 2019

Taught By: Shannon Mattern

Section: A

CRN: 5595

Credits: 3

We live amidst real-time data flows, with sensors measuring everything from air quality to traffic, with our own smart phones yielding information about our whereabouts and activity levels, with buildings reporting on their own energy consumption and maintenance. This urban "intelligence" ostensibly allows for the optimization of our environments and our selves - for the production of "smart cities" and smart citizens. In this hybrid theory-practice studio we'll examine how the methods of data science and the tools of computational intelligence shape our civic values and urban imaginaries, and condition the work of urban design and administration. We’ll also assess the consequences - for the material environment, for urban citizenship, for quality of life, etc. - when data and efficiency drive design and development decisions. We'll explore not only how "smartness" is operationalized in such new urban developments, but also what other kinds of intelligence have long been present in our cities. Students, individually or in small groups, will develop “urban intelligence test kits" - IQ tests, guidebooks, measurement instruments, field kits, etc. - to evaluate how human, other-species and machine logics, intelligences, and values are integrated and negotiated in our urban environments.

This is a hybrid seminar/production course as may be counted as either designation toward a student's Media Studies MA or Media Management MS degree.
Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:35am 10/17/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:45pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 503

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019