We experience the city differently as it evolves and becomes more intelligent, developing new sensing organs. The smart city optimises our routes, manages the distribution of resources and makes life more comfortable for its citizens, but what about the emotional potential of a city? Who measures and releases that?
The city of the future will reach out its antennas to sense imperceptible activity in its emotional layers. It is often the rudimentary things that bring citizens together, creating an unexpressed common understanding that we are all parts of something much larger. The first snow. The quiet before a big storm. A heatwave in May. A set of ‘Summer Scouts’ consisting of seven very carefully positioned sensors, meticulously observe the urban environment to report to the city’s data headquarters, confirming to the citizens when summer has arrived in Vienna.