Browse Exhibits (6 total)

Berlin Smart City Moblity

Germany's capital, Berlin, is looking to become a Smart City. One project to reach that goal is to improve their mobility and traffic.

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Chicago Smart Lighting Program

“This project is a win-win  it will deliver one of the largest lighting modernization programs in the country while addressing one of the top reasons residents call 311.”

—Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The Chicago Smart Lighting Program is a four-year city-wide lighting initiative designed to convert over 270,000 outdated high pressure sodium (HPS) light fixtures to energy-efficient LED streetlights.

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North Branch Framework Plan

The North Branch Framework is a land use plan for 760 acres along the Chicago River between Kinzie Street and Fullerton Avenue. The plan calls for a major transfer from traditional industry to advanced manufacturing, better access for all transportation modes, and leverage the land's unique environment. 

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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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Predictive Profiling

With the concept of smart cities on the rise, it is interesting to explore the efforts that go into making a city accommodating for the people living in it. Cities are complex – only working best when their different parts come together to create a diverse and culturally-rich environment. These different elements are brought to a space by the experiences of the people living there. The communities and decision makers are the forces that built up the voice of a city – giving it its character and determining what the city will be known for. The most influential cities in the world are meccas of technology, culture and the arts – the New Yorks, Londons, and Shanghais of the world. While these cities stand out as superstars compared to the rest, they aren't designed for everyone. It’s impossible. With so many different people with different experiences out there, it is impossible to design a city that is the best for everyone. Not everyone is cut out for the traffic and fast-paced lifestyle of large cities, while others aren’t comfortable in the quiet and demure life in the suburbs. Then why is such an effort made to create smart cities that will benefit everyone?

Looking historically at how cities have been strategically planned to accommodate certain demographics based on income, race or even political beliefs, it is clear that not much can be done to avoid designing a space that excludes someone. This principle explores the idea of predictive profiling – what it is, how it is used, and how it has changed the way the cities are constructed.

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