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A design pattern for digital urbanism: the City Information Partnership

 

In an article on my blog titled “Do we need a Pattern Language for Smarter Cities” I suggested that “design patterns“, a tool for capturing re-usable experience invented by the town-planner Christopher Alexander, might offer a useful way to organise our knowledge of successful approaches to “Smarter Cities”. The article had a positive response from a number of technologists, architects and academics, and so I'm now writing a set of design patterns to describe ideas that I've seen work more than once. 
 
The collection is described and indexed in "A Pattern Language for Digital Urbanism" which can be found here:
 
http://theurbantechnologist.com/design-patterns/
 
And the first design pattern, the "City Information Partnership", is described here:
 
http://theurbantechnologist.com/2013/02/19/a-design-pattern-for-digital-urbanism-the-city-information-partnership/
 
I'd be grateful for any comments from this community on the usefulness of this approach; or on specific patterns that you think should be included.
 
Cheers,
 
Rick
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