The Urban Improvise [electronic resource] : Improvisation-Based Design for Hybrid Cities.

By: Kloeckl, KristianMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2020Description: 1 online resource (237 p.)ISBN: 9780300249347; 0300249349Subject(s): City planning | Cities and townsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: The Urban Improvise : Improvisation-Based Design for Hybrid CitiesDDC classification: 307.1216 LOC classification: HT165.5Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 When the City Begins to Talk; 3 Interface, Interact, Improvact; 4 Improvisation as System; 5 An Improvisation-Based Model for Urban Interaction Design; 6 Experimentation with Uncertainty and the Unpredictable; 7 Improvisation as Technique and Practice for Design; 8 Epilogue: Toward the Urban Improvise; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Z
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Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 When the City Begins to Talk; 3 Interface, Interact, Improvact; 4 Improvisation as System; 5 An Improvisation-Based Model for Urban Interaction Design; 6 Experimentation with Uncertainty and the Unpredictable; 7 Improvisation as Technique and Practice for Design; 8 Epilogue: Toward the Urban Improvise; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Z

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In this important study, Kloeckl (School of Architecture and Department of Art + Design, Northwestern Univ.) espouses hybrid cities over smart cities on the grounds that new urban technological systems are performative, can facilitate meaningful interactions, and allow for initiative. In developing a model for a hybrid city, Kloeckl draws heavily on the traditions of improv theater--the qualities and techniques of which include tempo, duration, repetition, and kinesthetic response. Also cited is the work of architects (Cedric Price, Jordan Geiger, Omar Kahn, et al.) who use improv. Theoreticians Hannah Arendt, Umberto Eco, Henri Lefebvre, Lucy Suchman, Jean Piaget, and others are cited in advance of the examination of four urban models: dockless bike sharing; parklets (urban parking spaces appropriated as social spaces); "warde" (four nine-meter-high inflatable flower-like structures outfitted with sensors and an air compression system in Jerusalem that react to the presence of pedestrians); and Slothbots. In the penultimate chapter Kloeckl describes his work with students, using Boston as a classroom in which de Certeau's emphasis on onsite critical observation is influential. In the epilogue Kloeckl reiterates his preference for non-script-based performance in his quest for meaning in situations and their context. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals. --Jack Quinan, emeritus, independent scholar

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KloecklKristian:
Kristian Kloeckl is associate professor at Northeastern University's School of Architecture and Department of Art + Design. He was previously a research scientist at MIT's Senseable City Lab where he established the lab's research unit in Singapore.

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