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Crisis and Contingency at the Dashboard - Journal #90 April 2018 - #90 April 2018 - Journal - e-flux
This urban dashboard heralds what Shannon Mattern calls “the age of Dashboard Governance.”2 Originating in the multiscreen Bloomberg terminals tracking real-time market activity against current events and historical trends, the urban dashboard is the state appropriation of the techno-political form produced at the intersection of the datafication of capital and the capitalization of data. The key image here is a centralized, seemingly all-seeing platform with the power to aggregate, analyze, and visualize the data gathered from across the city’s network of sensors, and from which “weak signals” pointing towards an emerging crisis or opportunity can be identified and acted upon....

As crisis frames the Smart Nation’s urban dashboard, the latter turns the former into a material-semiotic operation, pegging motion to vision as it drives down the road and clears the dirt, reinscribing the geo-body of the nation as it does. While in most parts of the world, the infrastructure of the city renders it a political exception to the rest of the country, in Singapore the Smart Nation recuperates the nation through an infrastructure of crisis.
smart_cities  singapore  big_data  urban_planning  dashboards  my_work  surveillance  crisis 
20 days ago by shannon_mattern
What SUVs Reveal About Trust and Inequality - The Atlantic
SUV sales are up and social trust is down. Some researchers think that’s not a coincidence.
articles  cars  community  urban_planning 
7 weeks ago by gmisra
5G Cell Service Is Coming. Who Decides Where It Goes? - The New York Times
But who gets to decide when, where and how it gets delivered is still a heated fight.

The new technology, known as 5G, delivers wireless internet at far faster speeds than existing cellular connections. But it also requires different hardware to deliver the signals.

Instead of relying on large towers placed far apart, the new signals will come from smaller equipment placed an average of 500 feet apart in neighborhoods and business districts. Much of the equipment will be on streetlights or utility poles, often accompanied by containers the size of refrigerators on the ground. More than 300,000 cell stations now provide wireless connections, and 5G will bring hundreds of thousands — perhaps millions — more.

The prospect of their installation has many communities and their officials, from Woodbury, N.Y., to Olympia, Wash., insisting that local governments control the placement and look of the new equipment. They say that the cell stations could clutter neighborhoods with eyesores and cost the communities a lot of potential revenue.
cell_phones  telecommunications  infrastructure  nimbyism  urban_planning 
7 weeks ago by shannon_mattern
City Noise Might Be Making You Sick - The Atlantic
On the problem of noise pollution, and the ways in which the fight against it has often targeted individuals (usually the least powerful and most vulnerable), rather than the cars and industrial sources responsible for most urban noise pollution.
sound  noise  cities  urban  urban_planning  power_in_city 
8 weeks ago by johnmfrench

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