23 May '11, 5pm

Cities as software, and hacking the urban landscape:

[Y]ou need to start by rewriting -- or hacking -- the software to change not what the city is but how it behaves ... Renew Newcastle , the not-for-profit company that we established in late 2008, is a piece of software. It is a broker. It is an enabler. It is an interface between the aging, decaying, and at times boarded-up built environment and those who seek to use and activate it. It connects the many empty spaces in the city with the passion of people who want to experiment and try things in them. It has facilitated more than 60 projects in more than 30 once empty spaces in just over two years. It has done so without building, buying or owning anything other than some computers and some second hand furnishings. It does not fund things -- nor was it funded itself in its early stages -- it just allows them to happen. It has done so by changing the software of the city. N...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-05-23-cities-as-software...

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