Be­taville: The View from New Brook­lyn


Session Title:

  • Think BETA: Participative Evolution of Smart Cities

Presentation Title:

  • Be­taville: The View from New Brook­lyn




  • Panel: Think BETA: Participative Evolution of Smart Cities

    The Be­taville pro­ject has ma­tured from an ex­per­i­men­tal soft­ware de­vel­op­ment pro­ject into a ve­hi­cle of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ex­change in the main­stream: as a cre­ative tool in plan­ning and ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dios, a medium for con­cept de­vel­op­ment and ad­vo­cacy in the con­text of local art and ur­ban­ism pro­jects. In this paper, one of Be­taville’s found­ing cit­i­zens will pre­sent some of the first re­sults from Be­taville’s im­ple­men­ta­tions in the field as a col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­sion­ing and de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment: from adap­tive re-use of ex­ist­ing built forms to large-scale neo-top­ias built for New York, but in many cases draw­ing on a mind-bog­gling breadth of prece­dents. It seems to be pos­si­ble to “mash up” Prouns, New Baby­lon, New Ur­ban­ism, dis­carded de­signs for base­ball sta­di­ums, and next-gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies… until the mix is just right for a next step in the real world.

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