Anthony Townsend is an advisor to industry and government at the Silicon Valley-based Institute for the Future and directs urban research at New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
"... fascinating stories of urban renewal and innovation from around the globe and packaged... into lessons that are neat and digestible." -- Slate "How tomorrow's open spaces evolve cannot be known but armed with this book, the reader will be bang up to date with who's who in the smart city boom, and what's happening where." -- Engineering & Technology "Anthony Townsend's terrific book looks at the historic relationship of urban and industrial development to new technologies." -- Architecture Today "Townsend's interest in smart cities is more than merely technological: he offers an entertaining history of urban planning's visionaries and villains, the technological breakthroughs and the spectacular failures that brought us to this crossroads." -- New Scientist