Studio report

How do city makers adjust to the incessant information flow? How can one make information “talk” to us?
As the world accelerates exponentially in the daily exchange and storage of terabytes of information, we are confronted with the urgent need to develop intelligent systems that would be capable of sorting out the massive amount of evidence, new theories and breakthrough ideas for the city.
Instead of repeating dominant discourses we should get used to the idea that our presumptions might be wrong or instantly outdated, that blind spots and new territories could be discovered through intelligent scrutiny of indexes, comments, twits, posts, blogs, surveys, and huge untapped potential of various data banks. As much as the economists need their Bloomberg terminals that combine political news with stock exchange performances to measure the temperature of the economy, city makers need to develop their own methods to constantly update their beliefs and ideas about what the city lacks, needs or aspires to become.
How can one make information “talk” to us? Can we learn how to ask the right questions to get the right answers and get them on time? Is it possible to design a scheme of horizontal exchange between multiple silos of professional knowledge and pools of facts?
Through a series of intensive workshops strategically arranged by media, impact and timeframes, studio (Re)Charge Information analysed how cities in general and Moscow in particular evolve day by day, aiming to create precise yet flexible briefs for future exploration.