Software has become essential to the functioning of cities. It is deeply embedded into the systems and infrastructure of the built environment and is entrenched in the management and governance of urban societies. Software-enabled technologies and services enhance the ways in which we understand and plan cities. It even has an effect on how we manage urban services and utilities.

Code and the City explores the extent and depth of the ways in which software mediates how people work, consume, communication, travel and play. The reach of these systems is set to become even more pervasive through efforts to create smart cities: cities that employ ICTs to underpin and drive their economy and governance. Yet, despite the roll-out of software-enabled systems across all aspects of city life, the relationship between code and the city has barely been explored from a critical social science perspective. This collection of essays seeks to fill that gap, and offers an interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between software and contemporary urbanism.

This book will be of interest to those researching or studying smart cities and urban infrastructure.

chapter |12 pages

Code and the city

ByRob Kitchin, Sung-Yueh Perng

part |76 pages

Code, coding, infrastructure and cities

chapter |12 pages

From a single line of code to an entire city

Reframing the conceptual terrain of code/space
ByRob Kitchin

chapter |22 pages

The Internet of Urban Things

ByPaul Dourish

chapter |12 pages

Interfacing urban intelligence

ByShannon Mattern

chapter |11 pages

Abstract urbanism

ByMatthew Fuller, Graham Harwood

chapter |17 pages

Code traffic

Code repositories, crowds and urban life
ByAdrian Mackenzie

part |72 pages

Locative social media and mobile computing

chapter |14 pages

Digital social interactions in the city

Reflecting on location-based social networks
ByLuigina Ciolfi, Gabriela Avram

chapter |11 pages

Feeling place in the city

Strange ontologies and location-based social media
ByLeighton Evans

chapter |14 pages

Curating the city

Urban interfaces and locative media as experimental platforms for cultural data
ByNanna Verhoeff, Clancy Wilmott

chapter |16 pages

Moving applications

A multilayered approach to mobile computing
ByJames Merricks White

chapter |15 pages

Exploring urban social media

Selfiecity and On Broadway
ByLev Manovich

part |75 pages

Governance, politics and knowledge

chapter |15 pages

Digital urbanism in crises

ByMonika Büscher, Xaroula Kerasidou, Michael Liegl, Katrina Petersen

chapter |12 pages

Coding alternative modes of governance

Learning from experimental ‘peer-to-peer cities'
ByAlison Powell

chapter |10 pages

Encountering the city at hacking events

BySophia Maalsen, Sung-Yueh Perng

chapter |15 pages

Semantic cities

Coded geopolitics and the rise of the Semantic Web
ByHeather Ford, Mark Graham

chapter |21 pages

Cities and context

The codification of small areas through geodemographic classification
ByAlex Singleton