Where Does It Come From? A brief history of computers and the city
so visual that it's hard to summarize. ask Molly for a copy of the presentation. sorry!
thinking of cities not just as social technology but as "intelligent" -- ie, artificial intelligence
Marvin Minsky, JC Licklider, etc
"The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly."
JC Licklider, 1960
3 modes of computing and architecture and city
representing and visualizing
defining the problem to solve
generating symbiotic systems
ivan sutherland and sketchpad, 1962
"Design today has reached the stage where sheer inventiveness can no longer sustain it."
- C. Alexander, 1963
defining design problems as a series of misfits -- as a series of things that you need to design to smooth over
Alexander - systems generating systems
"Someday machines wil go to libraries to read and learn and laugh and will drive about cities to experience and to observe the world."