Intelligent Cities: Technology Policy and Planning
Global urbanization is driving demand for an estimated $40 trillion in infrastructure over the next two decades. At the same time information technology is spreading off the desktop and out of offices and homes into buildings, infrastructure and objects. As these two trends collide, a broad range of stakeholders -‐ the information technology industry, real estate developers, technology startups, citizens and civic leaders – are all looking for new opportunities to address both existing and emerging urban problems using “intelligent” systems. This course will explore the landscape of technologies being used in urban planning and policymaking today, and will discuss: what are intelligent cities really? What are the intended and unintended potential consequences? What is the role of urban policy and planning in shaping their evolution? This course will focus on emerging topics in intelligent cities: data and predictive analytics, open data, citizen science, smart transportation and digital master planning. Students are expected to have some basic knowledge of fundamentals of urban affairs. This is not a technology or engineering course – technical concepts will be explored during the lectures as needed to explain their significance for cities.