We’re delighted to share the news that A City Is Not a Computer, by New School professor and Places columnist Shannon Mattern, has just been published by Princeton University Press. The new book expands upon the critical investigation of data-centric urbanism that Mattern has been conducting in several of her Places essays, including “Mission Control,” on the history of the urban dashboard; “Instrumental City,” on the mega-development Hudson Yards as an experiment in “applied data science”; and “A City Is Not a Computer,” which affirms a reality that is too often overlooked these days: urban intelligence is more than data processing.
The new book is the latest addition to Places Books, an ongoing collaboration between Princeton University Press and Places that presents compact and accessible volumes on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Each book is developed from selected Places articles, and aims to incite dialogue across disciplines. The first volume in the series is Where Are the Women Architects?, by Despina Stratigakos.