"[A] timely and necessary guide to this age of the Franken-city."

—Daniel Brook, New York Times Book Review

From Beijing to Boston, cities are deploying smart technology—sensors embedded in streets and subways, Wi-Fi broadcast airports and green spaces—to address the basic challenges faced by massive, interconnected metropolitan centers. In Smart Cities, Anthony M. Townsend documents this emerging futuristic landscape while considering the motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings of the key actors—entrepreneurs, mayors, philanthropists, and software developers—at work in shaping the new urban frontier.

Anthony Townsend’s terrific book looks at the historic relationship of urban and industrial development to new technologies.

—Architecture Today

“An entertaining history of urban planning’s visionaries and villains, the technological breakthroughs and the spectacular failures that brought us to this crossroads.”

—New Scientist

“[Townsend] has written a generous book in clean prose, one that will engage both advanced geeks and cyber-dolts.”

—The Nation

Compelling…Townsend begins a conversation.


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