Intelligent Cities

By now, you've probably heard about Intelligent Cities, an initiative of the National Building Museum, undertaken to "explore the intersection of information technology and urban design to understand where we are, where we want to be, and how to get there."

Supported by its partners TIME and IBM and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the initiative has been widely promoted as a means of assessing "what we have done, what we are doing, and what we wish to do."

From November 2010 and continuing through April 2011, Intelligent Cities has been launching new infographics and accompanying polling questions. They began with data and questions on the home and are moving to progressively larger scales including the neighborhood, community, city, region, and finally country.

According to the website, "these original infographics will 'mash up' the declining percentage of kids that walk or bike to school with the rising level of childhood obesity; investigate how and when we use different communication tools; and how the urban heat island effect can actually make its own weather system."

Poll respondents are encouraged to check back each month for more content and a new polling question off the following topic list:

  • The Home: Now live! Learn more
  • The Neighborhood: Now live! Learn more
  • The Community: Now live! Learn more
  • The City: Now live! Learn more
  • The Region: Launches March 2011
  • The Country: Launches April 2011

Take the Intelligent Cities poll and add your intelligence to the numbers they're generating about your home, your neighborhood, your community, your city, your region, and your country. Then check out the geolocation map to see where others are responding from. One thing's for certain - every response counts!

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