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Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards, circa 2019

New York’s long awaited Hudson Yards — the largest private real-estate development in United States history — is here. The first tower opens in May, and among its tenants will be the Google startup Sidewalk Labs. Bloomberg allies, university researchers, and tech companies envision a “Quantified Community” that will be a test ground for applied urban data science. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab?

The world’s most ambitious “smart city” project is here. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab?

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

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David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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