FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, like most cities in the developing world is incredibly diverse and highly complex. With over 1 million people living in slums, it’s no surprise that Dhaka features close to the top on several lists of least-liveable cities.
While the global standards of ‘liveability’ may be biased against most developing countries, the Economist’s latest survey shows a slight but remarkable improvement in the quality of life in Dhaka.
Grassroots organisations in Dhaka’s informal settlements with the aid of 21st century mobile phone technology are now part of a “DIY Urbanism” movement. Previously relegated to the shadows, they are now “bringing together existing needs, new ideas, vigorous debate and innovative possibilities”.
Read the whole piece here.
Published by The Wire.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Citizen Urban Science- New Partnerships for Advancing Knowledge‘
Published by Cities of Data Project
Authors : Anthony Townsend and Alissa Chisholm
Citizen Urban Science is a recently published report that describes an emerging global research movement which seeks to establish a new urban science built on the real-time data collected from citizens. A few of the issues that it addresses are about the inclusiveness of the endeavour, the role of the well-informed , well equipped citizen, the amateur investigator and the professional scientist in carrying out research, the extent to which this available potential is being used, and the measures to be taken to accelerate experimentation.
Read more on how the report analyses three case studies that throw light on the “emerging models of citizen science, highlighting the possibilities of citizen-university-government collaborative research, and the important role of open data platforms to enable these partnerships”.
VIDEO/PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘Hacking the Urban Interface – Interventive Research for Climate Adaptation in Southeast Asian Megacities’
Created by Michigan Engineering
Speakers: Etienne Turpin & Frank Sedlar
Big data, social media and crowd sourcing have quite possibly become three vital factors while carrying out applied research for climate adaptation in complex urban systems. Although academic researchers have always been stressing on big data, integration of predictive analytics needs more than volumes of data. The boom in social media usage and ubiquitous computing has resulted in the availability of huge volumes of data to researchers. However, there is a need for better tools when it comes to conducting non-trivial analyses. The third factor, crowd sourcing for data collection has been successful to some extent in the megacities of the South but making optimum use of integrated feedback networks for better civic co-management practices needs to be fully investigated.
PetaJakarta.org is a pilot study developed by the SMART Infrastructure Facility, the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency, and Twitter Inc , that shows why an integrated approach to big data, social media and participation of the citizens is essential for megacity climate adaptation. Listen to Etienne Turpin and Frank Sedlar present their research from the Peta Jakarta project at the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
Watch the video here.