On June 8, IBM and the Architectural League of New York will debut ‘City of Systems‘ – a suite of short films that offer a creative look at the interconnected systems that help New York City function as one of the most vibrant and populous cities in the world. Thought leaders from urban planning, media, architecture, academia and technology will convene to open a dialogue about potential points of synergy and dissonance between smart systems and the design of the built environment.
In conjunction with the launch event, the suite of videos will premiere on UrbanOmnibus.net. Just released this week, check out the “Bridge” video with this post for a sneak peek at what’s to come.
An estimated 1 million people around the world are moving into cities each week; experts predict population in the world’s cities will double by 2050. But urbanization and the increase in data is also creating unmanageable complexity, unsustainable waste, and unnecessarily high expenses. Cities face aging infrastructure, declining budgets, changing populations, and increasing threats.
IBM continues to invest significant time and resources into this critical need to modernize and revitalize city infrastructures, and is collaborating with cultural institutions, such as the Architectural League of New York, to bring thought leaders in design and urbanism together to share knowledge and expertise on this cross-disciplinary effort. The short film series is intended to trigger discussion about urban infrastructure and various ways to optimize the systems that support – and shape – urban life.