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The Urban ImproviseImprovisation-Based Design for Hybrid Cities$
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Kristian Kloeckl

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243048

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243048.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Urban Improvise

Kristian Kloeckl

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter argues that technology-mediated interactions in cities today can be better understood and conceived of by adopting an improvisation-based design perspective. This allows one to better disclose the potential of today's technology-saturated urban environments for urban dwellers. Improvisation is here examined as a framework for making, for the design of interactions in what this chapter refers as the hybrid city. It leverages the essence of improvisation as an art, a practice, and a concept to construct a system of ideas to help better understand the current condition of the hybrid city. And to facilitate the design of urban interventions, the chapter puts forth a set of four principles, or positions, that underlie the design of interactions in hybrid cities.

Keywords:   improvisation, technology, urban environments, urban dwellers, urban interventions, urban interactions, hybrid cities

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