Smart Cities Symposium


Monday, December 03, 2012
08:00am - 06:00pm
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Stubbins (Room 112), Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA


Free and open to the public

Event Description

Smart Cities as an operating concept promotes social and environmental sustainability. Acknowledging the detrimental environmental impact of the conventional urban lifestyle, it promotes a culture of recycling and environmental design strategies that focus on integrating greenscapes with urban design. Today’s metropolitan areas must face the issue of the economic divide with smart urban landscapes that function as sites of mediation between groups with conflicting interests. Technology has transformed our physical world into a hybrid of materials and information; Smart Cities consider the possibility of sensing their dynamics in real-time, and making this information available to both citizens and institutions. They invest in simplifying urban accessibility with interactive and digitally retrofitted architectures, and capitalize on the ability of public art to socially empower citizens. They envision an active future of human cohabitation by taking advantage of technological and socio-cultural trends to provide the infrastructure for a secure and desirable standard of urban living.

The symposium on Smart Cities is partially funded through a collaboration between the University of Bergamo in Italy and the Harvard GSD with the goal of creating an exhaustive catalogue of technologically enhanced, intelligent solutions based on their intrinsic value for sustainable urban development and growth, as well as their applicability to problem areas specific to the city of Bergamo. The outcome of this collaborative exercise will be integrated into an ongoing initiative at the University of Bergamo titled CITTA’ 2.(035), which is focused on a smartened-up vision of the Bergamo region for the year 2035.

The symposium will be free and open to the public.



9:00am-9:30am | Coffee and Registration 

9:30am-10:10am | Opening Remarks

Mohsen Mostafavi, the Dean of the Harvard Design School

Hashim Sarkis, the Head of Research Labs at the Harvard Design School

Stefano Paleari, the President (Rettore) of the University of Bergamo

Nashid Nabian, Smart Cities Instructor at the Harvard Design School

10:10am-10:50am | Smart Governance

(00:20) Felipe Correa

New Metro Line in the City of Quito

(00:20) Kristian Kloeckl

Co-creating a real time city: LIVE Singapore!

10:50am-12:00pm | Smart Economy

(00:12:30) Hyemin Choi and Chenchen Hu with Emanuela Rondi

Smart Economy*

(00:12:30) Ying Huang with Elisa Sarracino

Smart Industry*

(00:12:30) Salmaan Khan with Susanna Tentori

Smart Tourism*

(00:12:30) Ryn Burns with Paolo Pesenti

Smart Preservation/Critical Conservation*

(00:20) Q & A

12:00pm-12:45pm | Smart Environment

(00:20) Joyce Klein Rosenthal

The promise and peril of big data: Questions about new methods of environmental sensing within cities

(00:12:30) Tristie Tajima with Gabriele Torri

Smart City and Urban Pollution*

(00:10) Q & A

12:45pm-1:30pm | Lunch Break

1:30pm-3:10pm | Smart Living

(00:20) Dimitris Papanikolaou

Mobility on Demand 4.0

(00:12:30) Robert Daurio and Victor Negrete, with Christian Mariani

Smart Mobility*

(00:20) Jock Herron

Digital Cities and Societies Research Initiative

(00:12:30) Sujoyini Mandal with Antonio Bonacina

Smart Health*

(00:12:30) James Perakis with Matteo Patelli

Digital Divide*

(00:20) Q & A

3:10pm-3:30pm | Coffee Break

3:30pm-5:00pm | Smart People

(00:20) Jim Lasko

Ephemeral Urbanism

(00:12:30) Jose Maria Ortiz Cotro with Rachele Bertoni

Tactical Urbanism and Smart People*

(00:20) Teri Rueb

This is (not) a Map

(00:12:30) Jongwook Park with Ambra Mazzelli

Smart Urban Interfaces/Smart City as Interface*

(00:20) Q & A

5:00pm-6:00pm | What is Next? A Round-table Discussion with Stefania Danzi, Italcementi Group

6:00pm-7:30pm | Reception and Course Outcome Exhibition

* The research-driven projects from Smart Cities Course at Harvard Design School are showcased in pecha kucha format presentations and video-proof-of-concepts.

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