The Street As Platform: How Digital Dynamics Shape the Physical City

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What might be the long‐term ramifications of the smart city and big‐data‐driven algorithms on physical urban space? Designer and urbanist Dan Hill, Executive Director and Chief Design Officer of the UK innovation agency Future Cities Catapult, fast‐forwards to 2050, taking the opportunity to imagine the physical reality of ‘the street’ in an age of eerie silence, drones and lush foliage.

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