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Artificial Life

Summer/Fall 2013, Vol. 19, No. 3_4, Pages 401-420
(doi: 10.1162/ARTL_a_00112)
© 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Living in Living Cities
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Abstract

This article presents an overview of current and potential applications of living technology to some urban problems. Living technology can be described as technology that exhibits the core features of living systems. These features can be useful to solve dynamic problems. In particular, urban problems concerning mobility, logistics, telecommunications, governance, safety, sustainability, and society and culture are presented, and solutions involving living technology are reviewed. A methodology for developing living technology is mentioned, and supraoptimal public transportation systems are used as a case study to illustrate the benefits of urban living technology. Finally, the usefulness of describing cities as living systems is discussed.