daniele quercia

daniele quercia

intro’d to Daniele here:

November 2014 at TED@BCG Berlin – happy maps

efficiency can be a cult

logic will take you einstein

logic will take you from a to b. imagination will take you everywhere. – Einstein

my research is looking at how to avoid the danger of the single path

danger of single story

perhaps we live in a world fabricated for efficiency



Urban technologies — get more from human emotions – TEDxBarcelona


7 min – evidence from people in the city

scores based on flickr tags



Las mejores rutas urbanas



UrbanGems: Crowdsourcing Quiet, Beauty and Happiness


interview before he keynotes – youth connected life conference:


urban infomatics – big cities doing this: london, ..

what counts in the city is not so much the efficiency but the experience 

smell data… sound scape

happy city –

charles montgomery



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promiscuous (cross-disciplinary) researcher with few exes: ex-UCL,, –, –. Astonishingly, views are..;)


Jane Jacobs

Hans Monderman

city ness





happy ness



in the city.

as the day.

app/chip ness

city sketchup


Science is trial&error, and some “researchers” do not get it http://t.co/a1zxtQIQyl

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/danielequercia/status/619289858897485824


Quercia (@danielequercia) tweeted at 4:51 AM – 7 Jul 2018 :
Which are the problems too big to be solved by nation states? Blockchain could help #futurefest18 (http://twitter.com/danielequercia/status/1015548888860766209?s=17)

equity: everyone getting a go everyday

as it could be..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


This is a very good question. I’m a big fan of @BellLabs researcher, @danielequercia’s insights into smart cities (it’s very “human”!). I’ll be tuning in! #scienceiscool https://t.co/PfCAoml82T
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/missrogue/status/1326929117267324932not

notes/quotes from livestream – daniel and kent larson (@Larson_MIT):

cities good for spreading ideas but also diseases

k: on the density of cities.. good and bad.. i do think there are ways to design cities so you have the good w/o the bad


k: on what does not work good remotely.. creative design solutions that acknowledge this

2 convers as infra

k: if we can collect all that data and understand these complex interactions of people in order to keep them separated.. we could then use same technique/technology to help redesign the workplace to encourage those creative interactions

need to collect diff data so people are ongoingly redesigning city for their creative interactions

ie: self-talk as data

d: on transport to get to place of work

k: on people leaving city (during pandemic) so more using autos driving in and out.. that will leave a lot of under utilized space in city that will hopefully allow for a reset.. ie: affordable housing; other activities; walkable access to daily life

city sketchup ness

k: i would say great leadership.. how govt gets involved.. i’m not a believer that market resources can create equity

yeah.. i’d say neither.. let go of leader\ness

k: we’re looking at algorithm land zone issues.. where community decides.. and map incentives for property owners to deploy those assets.. if you could do this real time.. a natural ecosystem in harmony

k: recapturing streets for people from cars




in the city.. as the day..

k: largely roles of city govt to set rules of new game


won’t be new game then.. we have the means to let go of that.. to undo our hierarchical listening

k: on housing: 1\ faster/cheaper/better; 2\ increase supply (change zoning); 3\ live in smaller spaces (ikea – tiny house ness); and most critical 4\ reinvent ownership/financing model (fractional ownership et al)

we need to let go of property ness

unauthorized home less ness et al

k: everybody has a beautifully designed phone right now.. same can happen w tech in home

except.. everybody doesn’t

iwan baan ness

k: tech for cities 1\ (already) in city  2\ in process of creating cities  3\ used for governance

we just need to focus on tech to undo our hierarchical listening.. otherwise we’ll keep talking ‘everybody has a beautifully designed phone’ .. when everybody doesn’t

d: how to design for trust

k: trust is very hard to build.. i’m not sure you can design a system for trust.. we’re all trying to figure out how to increase trust.. ie: transparent buildings..  i would put trust at the top of the list

gershenfeld something else law

that’ll do it