Keywords: urban atmospheres, digital city, network society, bottom-up, top-down
This paper examines how information and communication technologies can contribute to the atmosphere of cities by enhancing their effectiveness and improving their competitiveness, while in the meantime providing solutions for common urban issues. In what way can computational culture affect the urban discipline and the relationships developed in contemporary urban complexes and atmospheres? The aspects of the paradigm shift in urban design that derives from the use of digital tools seem to be not just morphological but mostly geopolitical. Parametric Urbanism is not a new style, but a brand new approach that redefines the design process, introducing open-sourcing urban design as a tool not only for architects, but mainly for citizens. The new urban ecology is here to stimulate, generate and sprawl ideas in order to provoke, challenge and revolutionize contemporary societies, while redefining both cities and citizens helping them develop a sympathetic relationship where the one will be affecting the other.