Syracuse University Begins Two-Years of Working Seminars Exploring Smart Cities

Syracuse University will begin a two-year series of working seminars and meetings exploring multiple aspects of smart cities on November 7. Issues will include designing livable spaces, considerations of urban life and work, the importance of sustainability, the roles of information and digital technologies, the ways in which municipalities work together and with residents, the nature of community, and the ways in which Syracuse reflects these issues.

The series of seminars is organized by a faculty working group with representatives from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Engineering and Computer Science,  the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Students, faculty members, and staff are all encouraged to attend.

“You are welcome regardless of whether you have an ongoing project about smart cities or if you are just learning about and exploring the concepts, issues, and possibilities of the topic,” said iSchool faculty member and working group representative Steve Sawyer. “We ask only that you come with ideas and a willingness to listen and learn.”

Discussions will also include plans for the next several seminars, which will showcase student projects and update participants on ongoing projects and possibilities for new projects in the greater Syracuse region; and the development of online resources.

“We welcome all comments and participation as we work to build the ties and connections among scholars, students, and professionals engaged in smart city development now and in the future,” said Sawyer.