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Smart Design for a Smart Future

17-Oct-2018
Geospatial Theatre
Geospatial
The development of internet of Things and Information Communication technology (ICT) is growing at an exorbitant rate. For the 'Smart City' movement this means leveraging data to achieve a constantly adapting, connected, intelligent, healthier and more efficient human habitat. But what does this mean for our public spaces and communities? As we identify stronger quantifiable links between our environment and our physical and mental health, we increasingly need to ensure the development of this technology responds to the most complex parameter; people. Movements such as placemaking and tactical urbanism have identified the importance of our public spaces to maximise human encounters, prioritise community driven outcomes, and provide spatial flexibility. This presentation investigates how a city's existing spaces can be re-imagined as a new testing ground for smart, innovative, adaptable, and flexible solutions that can create new opportunities within the existing urban tissue. It discusses possible approaches and exemplar smart city projects where urban interventions are embracing adaptable components that target both social and environmental sustainability initiatives in this modern digital age it is time to innovate our traditional design methods and adopt a data driven, mobile, habitable kit of parts that can harness public life through responsive and interactive technologies.
Speakers
Michael Cowdy, Director & Global Urbanism Leader - McGregor Coxall

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