Living in Living Cities

TitleLiving in Living Cities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGershenson, C
JournalArtificial Life
VolumeIn Press
Keywordscities, Self-organization, traffic, transport

This paper presents and overview of current and potential applications of living technology to 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, while solutions involving living technology are reviewed. A methodology for developing living technology is mentioned, while self-organizing traffic lights are used as a case study of the benefits of urban living technology. Finally, the usefulness of describing cities as living systems is discussed.