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Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Sha Hwang postarchitectural.com What defines the city? Is it the build- Figure 1. Geographies of Time, Urban Sensing ings or the people, the infrastructure (Accurat, 2013), http:// or the businesses? As always, the urban-sensing.eu. answer is both and neither. To look at the city is an impossible task— stand too far and all one sees are buildings, stand too close and it is a blur of people, a din of noise. In Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Minority Report, the city of 2054 is a dynamic machine, vibrating with activity. Storefronts, consoles, and projections light up around PreCrime Captain John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, as he sails through space. It is surely cinematic, but the city of 2013 is similarly shimmer- ing. Rather than the facades lighting up, or malls calling our name, it is these slim screens in our hands that now beckon and guide us in wholly McLuhan’s terms, the city supersatu- Accurat, a design practice based new ways through the city. Services rated with media and information “is in Milan and New York, is an exemplar like Yelp offer a lens into the buzz a brand-new world of allatonceness. of this sort of research and visual- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Architectural Education Taylor & Francis

Invisible Cities

Journal of Architectural Education , Volume 68 (1): 5 – Jan 2, 2014
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1531-314X
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10.1080/10464883.2013.865470
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Sha Hwang postarchitectural.com What defines the city? Is it the build- Figure 1. Geographies of Time, Urban Sensing ings or the people, the infrastructure (Accurat, 2013), http:// or the businesses? As always, the urban-sensing.eu. answer is both and neither. To look at the city is an impossible task— stand too far and all one sees are buildings, stand too close and it is a blur of people, a din of noise. In Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Minority Report, the city of 2054 is a dynamic machine, vibrating with activity. Storefronts, consoles, and projections light up around PreCrime Captain John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, as he sails through space. It is surely cinematic, but the city of 2013 is similarly shimmer- ing. Rather than the facades lighting up, or malls calling our name, it is these slim screens in our hands that now beckon and guide us in wholly McLuhan’s terms, the city supersatu- Accurat, a design practice based new ways through the city. Services rated with media and information “is in Milan and New York, is an exemplar like Yelp offer a lens into the buzz a brand-new world of allatonceness. of this sort of research and visual-

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Published: Jan 2, 2014

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