The Digital Revolution is changing the way we live today as radically as the Industrial Revolution did almost two centuries ago. As urbanization accelerates across the world, digital media and information technologies hold huge potential for understanding, designing, and managing cities. Over the last few years, the Senseable City Lab has aimed to anticipate the needs and opportunities that now exist in our cities as they incorporate these new technologies into the built environment, as research insights and new design solutions.
This seminar looks at issues faced in threesites that are made available to the class by the sponsors of the Senseable City Lab: Dallas, Texas; Fort McMurray, Alberta and Pune, India.Students will conduct and present background research, identify relevant questions, develop project ideas, and evolve them to a detailed set of digital technology and design scenarios.
In order to capture the multi-disciplinary nature of such projects, students are challenged to draw on diverse fields for their proposals, such as city planning, architecture, engineering, computer science, and social science. Projects developed in the seminar will be personally evaluated and critiqued throughout the semester. The concepts discussed in the seminar will be evaluated and critiqued throughout the semester by fellow students, stakeholders and guest experts.
The seminar will focus on themes and challenges defined by the cities. Dallas seeks to enhance their bus stops as open installations that encourage people to use public transport in a city that moves primarily by car. Fort McMurray is looking to understand the role of big data in generating insights on human dynamics in a city living a constant expansion due to economic boom. Finally, Pune wants to integrate solutions regarding waste management while redefining systemic possibilities for improvement in cities from developing countries.