Dan Hill has written a fascinating essay called The Adaptive City. It's an in depth look at what the city of the future could look like. In his vision, Hill imagines a place where a constant stream of feedback helps city planners design more effective solutions, and everyday people live better lives. Data about what's happening is used to make planning decisions, recalculate resource usage and more.

Hill explains:

Everyday design could become a conversation within social software networks, and citizens have data and tools that urban designers can only dream of. In fact, professional urban designers have this data too, and thus their practice is transformed.

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