A synchronicity: Design Fictions for Asynchronous Urban Computing

Asynchonicity

Situated Technologies Pamphlets 5:
A synchronicity: Design Fictions for Asynchronous Urban Computing

Fall 2009

Julian Bleecker and Nicolas Nova

In the last five years, the urban computing field has featured an impressive emphasis on the so-called "real-time, database-enabled city" with its synchronized Internet of Things. Julian Bleecker and Nicholas Nova argue to invert this common perspective and speculate on the existence of an “asynchronous city”. Through a discussion of objects that blog, they forecast situated technologies based on weak signals that show the importance of time on human practices. They imagine the emergence of truly social technologies that through thoughtful provocation can invert and disrupt common perspectives.

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