The Quantified Community has been launched in three very distinct neighborhoods in New York City: at Hudson Yards, an under-construction “city-within-a-city” of 28 million square feet in Manhattan; in Lower Manhattan, a mixed-use neighborhood that attracts residents, workers, and visitors; and in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an economically-distressed community facing significant development and demographic changes. Additional neighborhoods, through Dr. Kontokosta’s partnership in the New York City Neighborhood Innovation Lab initiative, will be added over time.
The QC seeks to utilize data science and sensing technologies to understand urban systems dynamics in service of the collective needs and shared challenges facing residents of urban communities. Therefore, knowing what data to collect – and why – must be driven by community needs and participatory processes that engage these residents in problem definition. Through the QC project, the participating neighborhoods are intended to yield a rich, long-term source of research activity, where longitudinal studies of health impacts, behavior change, and policy interventions can be conducted to understand the interaction of physical, environmental, and human systems in rich detail.