Browse Exhibits (6 total)

Smart City Challenge Winner: Columbus, Ohio

"Columbus has a bold vision to be a community that provides beauty, prosperity and health for all of its citizens."

#SmartCityPitch: Columbus, Ohio

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Public Sphere Deliberation

Public Sphere deliberation is the concept of considering perspectives when creating a city project. Community voices need to be able to be heard and have the ability to come together in an area that is inclusive and non-divisive. With the increase in of technology in the Smart City, new city planners need to consider the people and their wants and needs so they are in alignment with their projects. 


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Smart Parking in Les Mureaux

The following is a complete overview of a smart city project in Les Mureaux, France designed to make parking more effiecent and effective for those who drive in the city. 

The project's goals, methods, and resources are all included, along with pages diving deep into the uses of technology, benefits of the project, decision making that went into the implementation, and ethical principles involved as well. 

This project is specifically relevant because it is applicable to all cities dominated by car and motor vehicle travel. It also has a global relevance, as there are other major cities in Europe and the US following suit. One example being Barcelona, who also has implemented similar sensor technology to monitor and display available parking. 

Read on to see what Les Mureaux is doing, and you can also find more information regarding the project here

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AT&T Smart Cities Program Chicago

AT&T has launched a Smart Cities Pilot Program has been launched in cities and regions across the United States including Atlanta, Chapel Hill, Dallas, Miami-Dade County and the Windy City, Chicago. Their goals for the Chicago program are to "keep Chicago residents and tourists more productive, engaged and informed as they move about town."

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Lansing Smart Grid

To work with a big need to save money and energy Lansing has been working at two main projects: Smart Lighting and the Smart Grid. Through the Lansing Board of Water and Light, LBWL for short, the more newer changed are being managed through. Lansing government approved a small trial for the initial run for smart lighting back in 2008, and with such an overwhlming positive responce they decided to continue with it. General Manager J. Peter Lark has stated that the company has been thinking about the Smart Grid program for many years as well, and this was announced back in 2014.

Each one of these tackles a different way to address the problem:

By using smart lighting, the city of Lansing wants to address their outdated technology and replace it with better, more energy efficient technology, as well as make Lansing  much safer place to be.

By using the smart grids, the city of Lansing wants to monitor energy and water output. This will also result in cheaper and fewer bills as well as safe, responsive repair times.

Both of these projects deal with sophisticated technology and bring many benefits to both the city and its users. Through careful decision making and consideration of ethical problems these projects will bring light to Lansing.

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Locking In Livability

As many policy makers and academics have described, it is very difficult to define a precise, definite way to gentrify metropolises into good, smart cities. For instance, simply defining a, “Smart City” is not explicit.

Inclusivity. Placemaking. Involvement. Community Voice. Growth. Economic Strength. Cultural Acceptance. LIVABILITY. Housing Equality. Nature. Creativity. Climate. Sustainability. Multimodal Transportation. Infrastructure.

The list goes on and on. “Smart Cities” have many different defining factors depending on the specific city and it’s needs. However, Smart Cites all work to grow in a positive manner towards the factors listed above. Inclusivity and cultural acceptance of every citizen from every background. Economic growth in order to promote the well-being of the city and provide job opportunities for its residents. Housing equality, offering fair priced housing for every income level. Creativity pertaining to art, shops, lights, infrastructure, architecture and more. Nature and climate adaptability. Placemaking promoting community involvement and voice. Finally, Livability, which adds to the quality of a community’s life. Generating a multi-faceted approach to promoting smart growth. Which, in turn, creates a location city dwellers share proudly.

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