Will Smart Cities lead us to Subtopia?

Why you must influence the Smart City agenda where you live

In 1955 critic Ian Nairn wrote a piece for Architecture Review called “Outrage”, in which he coined the term “Subtopia”:

Subtopia is the annihilation of the site, the steamrollering of all individuality of place to one uniform and mediocre pattern

Nairn was calling for the preservation of characteristic places, fearful that if things were allowed to continue then “…the end of Southampton will look like the beginning of Carlisle; the parts in between will look like the end of Carlisle or the beginning of Southampton.”

Over 60 years later the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has found that 41% of our town high streets are clones, full of national identikit chain stores and devoid of local character, with another 23% well on their way. Continue reading “Will Smart Cities lead us to Subtopia?”

Happy Birthday TTN Reading!

One year on from launching The Things Network Reading, I was invited back to Reading Geek Night to give an update on what we have been getting up to…

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Here’s a link to the slides:
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There wasn’t an official videographer this time, but Mike kindly put this together from his mobile phone.

Here’s to the next year of fun 🙂

Reading Hotspot project report

hotspot device and power supply

Earlier this year Thingitude bid for some funding from Reading Council to develop an Internet of Things project with students throughout the summer holidays as part of Reading 2016 Year of Culture. A couple of months later I was told the bid was successful!

Reading 2016 Year of Culture
 

(gulp) – what did I promise?!!

Continue reading “Reading Hotspot project report”

LoraWAN shield for BBC micro:bit

Richard Ibbotson from rLab – Reading’s hackspace – has made a LoraWAN shield for the BBC micro:bit which connects to The Things Network!

You can read all about his excellent project here: https://hackaday.io/project/12164-just-do-iot

Richard's LoraWAN shield next to a BBC micro:bit

Richard’s LoraWAN shield next to a BBC micro:bit

Reading features in the next TTN webcast!

Next TTN webcast features READING!!

The Things Network is organizing a series of webcasts in which initiators share their best practices.

Hot on the heels of Gonzalo Casas (Zurich) and Matthijs Jaspers (Rotterdam) the next TTN webcast will have Andrew Maggio (@maj) and Mark Stanley (@markstanley) sharing their experience gained through the initiation of the communities in Sydney and Reading (UK).

IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE ME TO SHOWCASE – LET ME KNOW QUICKLY!!

Next webcast takes place on Wednesday 3rd of August.
Join our webcast by clicking https://plus.google.com/events/c4dtalpskivqcs0tan8otrom708