Fast Company just published an extensive profile of New Songdo City, the “ubiquitous” city in South Korea developed and planned by Gale International, Cisco Systems, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and presented as part of the League’s Toward the Sentient City project last fall. Massive in scope, New Songdo is expected to embed information systems throughout the physical city, so that all aspects of urban life are wired and networked.
Pulling architects and urban designers into the debate about how ubiquitous technologies get integrated into the built environment was one of our primary reasons for organizing Sentient City, which was curated by Mark Shepard. With developer Stan Gale promising to roll out twenty more cities just like New Songdo, it seems like we were just in time.
-Gregory Wessner, Digital Programs and Exhibitions Director