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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.188) 8 Epilogue
The Urban Improvise

Kristian Kloeckl

Yale University Press

This concluding chapter reviews the central arguments of the book and reflects critically on living with uncertainty and unpredictability as a form of critical mobility for urban living. It considers how the focus on efficiency, data-driven predictability, and control in the narrative about cities over the past two decades strikingly recalls the early days of the twentieth century. What then was the idealized new and modern has become the smart of today. The development of technology has long pursued the superlatives of faster, higher, bigger, cleaner, stronger, better, and safer. This was a promising strategy when the scope and reach of technologies were limited. Today, however, networked information technologies pervade not only cities but also large and intricate parts of our everyday practice.

Keywords:   urban living, critical mobility, uncertainty, unpredictability, technology, networked information technologies, everyday practice

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