Contemporary megacities like Mumbai, Lagos and Sao Paulo exponentially multiply and accelerate the processes that put unconnected social actors together; the megacity is the real world mirror of the virtual world’s Moore’s Law whereby computer processing power and scale of information production may double with each year. The megacity is based on the way its inhabitants can interact, the fluidity of communication and movement - more so than its modern physical hardware or its enduring social structures.
At the heart of it is human mobility - the ecology of mobility
can not be reduced to energy equations or the carbon footprint of physical mobility - new social formations require an ecology of mobility with multiple dimensions.

Mobility requires 3 things:
energy, information, and territory.
In themselves each is modeled as self-renewing loops that interconnect and overlap with each other:

energy loop : the production and expenditure of energy used in the transportation and physical mobility

information loop : the production and dissemination of information through new communication technology and how it affects the nature of mobility, the new relationships between information management and human autonomy

territorial loop : the geographic spaces in which daily physical movement takes place, through a diversity of means, that transports and returns each human subject back to his/her starting point or home.

setting out parameters

phase #1
primary toolkit


May 2010