The First Principles of Urbanism: Part II
Rohit T. Aggarwala
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There are many interesting observation in this piece but they are let down by the formulation of trust. It feels, in the end, that this pro-technology presentation is in fact strikingly anti-human. This feels highly problematic:

We know the power of online reputation as a way to ensure good behavior among people who don’t know each other. We know that data and computer vision enable huge leaps in security. But we can imagine things like using noise monitors to enforce nuisance ordinances, and even perhaps to cancel out noise, thereby reducing the number of complaints people have about their neighbors.

Is the future of trust to be based on surveillance, policing and big data? This is a very depressing view of human nature indeed — and does not really explain the reasons why people would want to live in dense proximity in the first place. The first principles in this article assume that while we live on top of each other, our natural inclination is to distrust each other until we have a reason to think otherwise. Technology is the intermediary that overcomes the flaw of our natural suspicions.

If that is the first principle of this manifesto for a future urbanism then I am not sure that I want to live there

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