The city is forever changing. While it is essential to preserve and nurture many environments and characteristics that give a city it’s texture and unique life, the needs of citizens often evolve beyond the purposes or constraints upon which buildings or infrastructure were initially constructed. The problem of designing urban redevelopment to meet new needs without disrupting the texture and life of the city has frustrated many a planning department.
Digital culture has been evolving strategies to approach it’s own development challenges. The production of complex programs like operating systems require the orchestration of countless intricate tasks across hundreds of participants, while the building of massive online references like Wikipedia combine the efforts of thousands. We can build tools that provide the same massively collaborative framework around the transformation of the city itself.