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SP-SGBC Series: Smart and Sustainable Cities – Beyond Technology
When one thinks of what a Smart City is, the natural inclination would be to imagine driver-less cars whizzing through streets, bike sharing schemes, talking fridges, and the use of Big Data as big brother. Such a Utopian (or dystopian) vision is largely based on technology - specifically Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and imagines a future where lives are made easier and more productive – thanks to technology. However, amongst all the talk of technological innovations in Smart Cities, it is easy to overlook the important roles governance, culture and community engagement plays in enabling smart practices to take place. Furthermore, as the needs of city dwellers around the world vary, so too do definitions of what makes a Smart City. In this lecture, we consider different case studies from around the World - investigating their unique characteristics and key smart innovations and design principles, and ultimately asking whether such environments really enhance our daily lives.

Jan 28, 2021 03:00 PM in Singapore

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Prof Jason Pomeroy
ARCHITECT | ACADEMIC | TV PRESENTER @Pomeroy Studio | Pomeroy Academy
Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning architect, academic, author and TV presenter, regarded as one of the world’s thought leaders in sustainable design. He gained bachelor and master degrees from the Canterbury School of Architecture and the University of Cambridge; and his PhD from the University of Westminster. He is the founder of Singapore-based interdisciplinary design and research firm Pomeroy Studio, and sustainable education provider, Pomeroy Academy. Pomeroy has edited Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation (2020), and authored Pod Off-Grid: Explorations into Low Energy Waterborne Communities (2016), The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the Urban Habitat (2014) and Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today (2011). He continues to raise cultural awareness of cities through his critically acclaimed TV series ‘Smart Cities 2.0’, ‘City Time Traveller’ and ‘City Redesign’.
Mr Tan Chee Seng
Centre Director @5G & AIoT Centre, Singapore Polytechnic