Networked Urbanism Using Technology to Improve our Cities

Iker Gil interviews John Tolva, president of PositivEnergy Practice

The city and its citizens are continuously generating data through smart phones, social networks, apps, and sensors that measure any aspect imaginable. How can this vast amount of data be useful in shaping our cities? What patterns does it uncover? How interconnected is the data we collect and archive? How do these technologies change how people use space? What are the unwanted consequences?

To address these questions and discuss the relationship between data, people, and cities, we talked to John Tolva, president of the Chicago-based engineering firm PositivEnergy Practice and former Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago.