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Inventing Future CitiesEd and some interesting trends are shown an exercise in prediction to my feeling about the future of cities in the world so it is still worth the read Be prepared however not to get an answer on how to invent future cities It reads as very meandering and theoretical and didn t really tackle the uestions I was most interested in as an urbanist in the YIMBY movement It Touched On Those Issues For A Few Pages Only touched on those issues for a few pages only dismiss them as irrelevant unlikely to be impactful I found it odd that he spent so long talking about unpredictability "dismiss them as irrelevant unlikely to be impactful I found it odd that he spent so long talking about unpredictability trying to be robust to cultural variation only to acknowledge the debate here so superficially to describe the desire for compact infill rather than sprawl as controversial before summarily concluding patterns of global development were unlikely to change and thus not of interestThe most interesting content was largely a shallower rehash of concepts in Geoffrey West s Scale which I read last ear I also learned a bit about how researchers define city boundaries which was interesting in itself I only got halfway through so it is possible the second half is better This was mixed for meThe most valuable parts to me Were References To Urbanism And references to urbanism and related concepts and history I was not et familiar with in particular Edward Glaeser s observation that physical proximity appears to be becoming valued as long distance telecommunications and transportation become cheaper and easier putting into words the. About cities in order to invent their futureBatty outlines certain themes principles that apply to all cities He investigates not the invention of artifacts but inventive processes Today form is becoming ever divorced from function; information networks now shape the traditional functions of cities as places of exchange and innovation By the end of this century most of the world's population will live in cities large or small sometimes contiguous and always connected; in an urbanized world it will be increas. ,

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Oddity that despite the internet we re all crowding into big cities The book also introduced or perhaps re introduced me to Kondratiev wavesThe book starts off by highlighting difficulty of making predictions complete with cliche invocations of black swans and turkeys at Christmas This is meant to support the idea that the future needs to be or will be invented rather than predicted But then the chapter immediately following then makes the prediction that vast vast majority of world s population is going to be living in cities really soon The book then makes the prediction that most of the population is going then makes the prediction that most of the population is going be living in mid size cities Zipf s law It then predicts that a bunch of other Zipf s law It then predicts that a bunch of other of cities so far like von Th nen s Standard Model won t change The probability of an invention positive like truly convincing telepresence or negative like a density targeting bioweapon changing these is not addressedI was also annoyed by some of the mentions of hyped new technology that s apparently going to change the world mostly because I am uite skeptical of things like AI automating away jobs and I think that big data tells us mostly what we already know approximately everyone in London knows Bank station is busy during weekday morning and evening commutes but this was on a pretty chart Ultimately the invention of AI to detect potholes isn t going to change cities as much as the invention of a machine or method of cheaply filling the. Ingly difficult to define a city by its physical boundariesBatty discusses the coming great transition from a world with few cities to a world of all cities; argues that future cities will be defined as clusters in a hierarchy; describes the future high freuency real time streaming city; considers urban sprawl and urban renewal; and maps the waves of technological change which grow ever intense and lead to continuous innovation an unending process of creative destruction out of which future cities will emerge. I was disappointed with the book because of its TITLE I THOUGH IT WOULD GIVE INSIGHTS ABOUT HOW I though it would give insights about how deal with unpredictability and create future visions I think the book should ve been called History of Inventing Future Cities because it gives great insights about development of the cities throughout history and how complex the systems have become What do to about the unpredictability of the future No clue Well researched book that provides many thought angles It starts off with a mainly spatial focus but then broadens to amongst "others social and technological aspects Sadly it concludes with stating that as cities "social and technological aspects Sadly it concludes with stating that as cities organismes formed from bottom up mostly selfish actions we can picture and vision but these are especially just a basis for discussion and to help change to happen I am left with the main uestion if city planning is useful or not in the end I think some of the mechanismes might have been left out Interesting book however it leaves ou somewhat wanting for I completely agree with the author that predicting the future of cities is not really a realistic endeavor however the author constantly tries to do just that In his final chapters he reiterates the fact that we cannot predict the future and insists that inventing it taking the larger context into account is what we should be doing How to do this or even what to exactly take into account to do that he leaves in the middleOn the other hand the book is well research. How we can invent but not predict the future of citiesWe cannot predict future cities but we can invent them Cities are largely unpredictable because they are complex systems that are like organisms than machines Neither the laws of economics nor the laws of mechanics apply; cities are the product of countless individual and collective decisions that do not conform to any grand plan They are the product of our inventions; they evolve In Inventing Future Cities Michael Batty explores what we need to understand.