Urban Systems Literacy

As a culture, we are evolving more and more ways to perceive patterns in complexity. Most of our scientific pursuits in the last half a century have been in mapping the behavior of complex systems. We have even developed an entire field of entertainment, game design, to tap the enjoyment we instinctively feel in understanding ‘rule spaces’. These new literacies can now be focused on the web of relationships that make up a city. Modeling techniques popularized by science, and made both popular and culturally meaningful by game design, can now be used by people on the streets to get a better understanding of what is shaping the world right around them.


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  1. [...] Urban Systems Literacy & Civic Information Systems – can data visualization of complex interactions in the city lead citizens to get a better grasp of what is happening around them (Like the newspaper did in the 17th century)? [...]

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