Our cities are "smart" and getting smarter, as information processing capability is embedded throughout the urban environment. Sentient city
explores the experience of living in a city that uses networked digital technologies to remeber, correlte, and anticipate. Five teams of architects, artists, and technologists imagine a variety of future interactions that take place as computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, streets, and public spaces of the city. Less invested in predicting future trends in urban technology, these case studies and accompanying collection of essays focus more on debating just what kind of future cities we might want.