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Less a to-do list than a framework and sensibility, Smart Cities is a timely and necessary guide to this age of the Franken-city. — Daniel Brook (New York Times Book Review)

Anthony Townsend sifts through the hope and the hype of the latest system upgrade for our growing, and increasingly more elusively managed, metropolises — digital technology — emerging with an ambitiously wide-ranging, admirably clear-eyed, and ultimately humanistic guidebook to the connected city. — Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

Today, it's not the height of the skyscrapers, but the depth of the code that drives the modern city. Anthony Townsend brilliantly frames the new forces shaping tomorrow's metropolises. Read Smart Cities and you’ll never look at a skyline or walk down a city block the same way again. — Andrew Zolli, author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

Our cities are in the first act of an unprecedented technodrama. At stake is nothing less than the survival of our urban species. Combining technological sophistication, deep humanity, and an urban planner's sensitivity to the nuances of places, Smart Cities is an essential guide to understanding the technologies changing urban life. — Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

Powerful, readable prose. — Franklyn Carter (NPR)

Of interest to urban planners and designers, tech leaders, and entrepreneurs, Townsend’s globe-hopping study examines the trend toward smart cities while addressing pros and cons, as top-down corporate models develop alongside communitarian and entrepreneurial initiatives….The autobiographical passages and close readings of other scrappy innovators are the most enjoyable part of this impressive survey, which tries to secure democratic impulses amid a new gold rush. — Publishers Weekly

Compelling. — Melanie Moses (Nature)

[Townsend] has written a generous book in clean prose, one that will engage both advanced geeks and cyber-dolts. — Catherine Tumber (The Nation)

About the Author

Anthony Townsend is an advisor to industry and government at the Silicon Valley–based Institute for the Future and directs urban research at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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  • Hardcover 400 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (5 November 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393082873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393082876
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.6 x 24.4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,14,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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