Cities

Sensorial urban design

Over half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and this is continuously increasing. Cities are where everything comes together. Health, safety, liveability and mobility issues present complex challenges. At the same time cities are becoming ‘smarter’. New technologies enable governments and companies to collect data relating to air quality, pollution, energy use, lighting, traffic, mobility of peoples and goods – almost everything is measurable.

Often data is collected by governments simply because it is technically possible to do so, or companies use it to gain market insights. As architects and urban designers, we believe that using data should not only be about increasing efficiency, but should also be about positively impacting the lives of people.

Drawing on UNStudio’s 30 years of experience in architectural design and urban planning, UNSense operates on the intersection of design and technology by developing visions and innovative, sensorial adaptive solutions that combine physical and digital interventions in the built environment. Built upon the vision and expertise of founding principal architect Ben van Berkel, at UNSense we offer knowledge partnerships to local governments as well as to private parties by sharing our practice-based expertise and knowledge database.

Sensorial technologies afford us the opportunity to fully understand how people use the city while living, relaxing, working and commuting. Such data- based insights into human behavior can be used as a foundation to design and equip the city according to the needs of its users. Only then do cities become more liveable, sustainable, safer, cleaner and healthier for their inhabitants and visitors.

 

‘Data- based insights into human behavior can be used as a foundation to design and equip the city according to the needs of its users’
Cities solutions

CitySense


The city of the future is a sensing city, an interactive and responsive urban environment with enhanced operability, safety and liveability. We want to stimulate learning cities with a bottom-up approach in which technology-integrated urban design serves the community and improves quality of life. CitySense is a custom made solution...

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