Sustainable Design

In the last installment of ‘Autognosis: Cities’  we discussed a theory of matching the growth curve of a city with that of an organism.  In this installment, I would like to cover the idea of giving that city a nervous system.  Clearly such a vast network of complicated relationships – on which modern civilization depends no less – creates a vacuum for coordination, management, and deployment of resources to which Ai seems uniquely suited.

Enter the ‘Smart Grid’.

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean is involved in a program to develop just such a nervous system for the city of Singapore.  This nervous system, otherwise known as a ‘Smart Grid’ in the context of a city, seems to be a nexus point between the integration of networked smart technology and living systems.  As she describes <here> this involves adding a sensor layer to a city to gather information, as well as building responsive energy management infrastructure.

From Dr. Cheong Koon Hean presentation on Smart Cities


Adding a sensor layer to a city – Smart Grid/ Smart city. 

Collecting massive amounts of data.

– Windflow

– Temperature Modulation



Industrial/Home Area

– Shadow (sunshine/solar irradiance) Analysis

– Place Solar Panels

– Humidity

– Heat

– Noise

– Lighting foot traffic

Responsive as well as Predictive

– Transportation

-Transport Planning

Smart Phone

Decision Making

– Learns patterns as well as responds

– Home Energy management system

A ‘Smart Grid’ would allow a city to coordinate traffic flow, control temperatures, manage energy use, and generally allow the city to make adjustments its subsystems in real time.

Just like any complex organism.

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From Dr. Cheong Koon Hean presentation on Smart Cities

posted with permission by Shane Flox at Metric.Media