C+D_illustration_01.jpg
C+D_illustration_04.jpg
C+D_illustration_05.jpg
C+D_illustration_03.jpg
C+D_illustration_01.jpg

Overview


Cities + Data

SCROLL DOWN

Overview


Cities + Data

 

Today’s cities generate unprecedented volumes of data.

Our ever-connected daily lives are now giving rise to a new kind of economy — a ‘data economy’ — that is now disrupting major industries, from transport services, to tourism and banking.

This has profound implications for our cities — and the way they are managed, governed and designed. 


 

This website collates a range of research publications, writing and presentations relating to how an increasingly data-driven world is changing our cities. The work featured here reflects post-doctoral research undertaken by Dr. Sarah Barns and generously supported by the Urban Studies Foundation through its Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.

The project investigated the conditions of 'Platform Urbanism', shaped by the rise of data-driven services in the governance and management of urban spaces.  

What is Platform Urbanism?  

Platform Urbanism concerns the reshaping of city infrastructures and services through platform-driven business models. The 'age of the platform' and the dominance of the platform business model has seen radical shifts to media and information services, retail, tourism, and transportation. Cities are complex amalgams of many different kinds of services - they are, in many senses, the original marketplace - and face many new challenges to policy making and planning that result from the rise of new digital services. 

My research into the rise of platform urbanism has focused on the growing importance of digital strategy and data literacy to contemporary city leadership.

Read more...


C+D_illustration_04.jpg

Projects


Projects


Projects

The quickly evolving environments of digital cities is not something that can be researched using traditional sources of urban scholarship alone. Navigating the digital landscapes of urban transformations and change is an art of dialogue between policy and practice, public sector and private sector agendas, urban publics and privacy agendas.   Key projects and consultancies that have informed this work include:

  • This is Parramatta: Explorations of open data on Parramatta, including liveability and walkability scores (2015/6). 
  • Greater Sydney Commission Dashboard Roadmap and Proof of Concept. Consultancy for National ICT Australia / Data61 (2015). 
  • Data Partnerships for Australian National City Performance Indicators. Smart city advisory services for Data61 / CSIRO. 
  • Research collaboration between Urban Growth NSW, University of NSW, and University of Wollongong on The Connected City Scoping Study (2016-17).  
  • Collaboration with U-Lab and the Institute for Sustainable Futures on the Climate Adapted People Shelters (CAPS) project. See the Research Report 'Using smart technologies for climate change adaptation in Western Sydney: A CAPS Research Report'. 
  • Report for the Committee for Sydney 'Towards a Data-Driven, Responsive City'. Due for publication 2017. 
C+D_illustration_05.jpg

Titles


Titles


 

Research & Publications

Publications

Other media

Keynote Presentations & Speeches

  • Cities in the Age of the Platform. Keynote Presentation to the Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Conference held as part of the Media Architecture Biennale, 1 June 2016. 
  • Cities Plus Data: New vocabularies for city living. Keynote presentation to Urban Growth NSW, July 2016.
  • More Conference Presentations can be viewed on Slideshare
  • See here for selected video recordings
C+D_illustration_03.jpg

Field Notes


Field Notes


Field Notes


Twitter Life