Guest Editor: Silvio Carta, Ph.D.
In the contemporary digital and physical urban context, people, the built environment and software have a common purpose: the production and management of data. This occurs through the agency of three different entities: individuals produce and consume data both consciously and unconsciously by carrying on their daily activities such as working, commuting, entertaining themselves. Programmes are the mechanism by which data are inputted and outputted in a continuous computing process. Finally, the built environment can be seen as the container of such processes. Data are produced and consumed inside it, and it provides an overall framework for the data production and consumption to take place. Individuals are the actors, software is the mechanism, and the built environment is their framework. The three entities work as an assemblage that allows the system to keep working and maintain its continuous evolution.
This special edition of ENQ: The ARCC Journal, includes contributions that reflect upon the idea of urban assemblage and, more generally, on how information is produced, processed and shared by individuals through the built environment and by software within the urban context.