The University of Miami School of Architecture and Institute for Data Science & Computing invite you to attend the 4th annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference + Workshop, hosted at the University of Miami School of Architecture in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1223 Theo Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
- How does technology enable cities to adapt to a changing environment?
- How do individuals, societies, and cultures adopt and adapt to emerging technologies, such as IoT, self-driving cars, gig economies, etc.?
- How do we transition from sustaining to disruptive practices and technology?
- Do cities become more resilient when they adopt new technology?
The Day 1 Conference features Panel Discussions and Keynote Presentations. Registration is $50 per person, and includes complimentary parking, light breakfast, lunch, and the closing reception.
Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Event Times: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
All Day 1 or Day 2 attendees are required to register their vehicle with the University to avoid issuance of a parking citation. A link will be provided closer to the event date so you can enter your vehicle plate number.
Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab
An architect and engineer by training, Prof. Ratti teaches at MIT, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects—the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel—were hailed by Time Magazine as “Best Inventions of the Year”. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 People Who Will Change the World.” He is currently serving as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization.
Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, MIT Media Lab
Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, which he directed for 20 years. A graduate of MIT, he was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and gave the first TED talk in 1984 (and 13 since). He is the author of Being Digital, which has been translated into 40+ languages. In 2005, he founded the nonprofit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1B worth of laptops for primary education in the developing world.
Joseph Brancato, FAIA, NCARB, Co-Chairman, Gensler
Managing Principal for Gensler’s NE + Latin American regions, and Co-Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors, Joe sits on the Executive & Governance Committee and the Global Practices Committee. He provides leadership to the architecture, urban planning, and design studios, and speaks regularly on the impact of driverless cars and ride sharing on urban planning and development, designing future cities, experience-driven design, and the urbanization of suburbia.
Keynote TALK TITLE: “SENSEABLE CITIES” | Carlo Ratti
The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space—the traditional domain of architecture and design—becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that—in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet—can encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.
Keynote TALK TITLE: “The Future of Power-full Ideas” | Nicholas Negroponte
In a word: nuclear. Said in more detail: addressing climate change through conservation, recycling and using less plastic is almost quaint, when world development – just in terms of everybody having energy parity – needs about 5 to 10 times the amount of energy we produce today. That does not even include all the power hungrier things we do not yet do, but ought to do: cities without infrastructure, large scale desalination, CO2 sequestration, and air conditioning everybody.
The long term solution, say 20 or 25 years, is nuclear fusion, the holy grail: more or less unlimited, cost free, carbon neutral power. In between, we need to step up micro, modular, industrialized nuclear fission. And, most importantly, use some of it to start removing CO2 from the air. It is embarrassing to see sentient adults suggest being carbon neutral by 2050. Hello? They must live on a different planet. We need to be carbon negative before this decade is out. And, this is not done by taxing and capping. It is done through power innovation, new science and new technologies. Period.
In the recent past, to be an environmentalist, even to be a Democrat, was to be anti-nuclear. That can no longer be. It is simply unacceptable to be anti-nuclear. Get over it. Solar, wind and so-called sustainable, clean energy, so-called renewables, are fine, but insufficient. At best, renewables are a side show. At worst, they are an opportunity cost. What is needed: large scale, global collaboration, especially with the Russians and Chinese to push fusion and do fission in between. Those are the power-full ideas.
Panel 1: Adopting Emerging Technology—Challenges and Opportunities
This panel examines some of the challenges—social, cultural, and economic—that we face with the deployment of smart city technology. Issues ranging from community buy-in, to privacy and cybersecurity continue to evolve and shape the development of the new technological landscape.
Panel 2: Adapting the Built Environment with the Help of Technology
This panel examines how the design professions and the building industry are adapting to transformations in the profession and to the environmental context by means of technology. Case studies range from responsive building envelopes to building site management by means of IoT applications.
Panel 3: Disruptive Technology and Its impact on Urban Infrastructure
This panel examines how emerging technology may disrupt and transform urban infrastructure—existing systems or projects underway. From autonomous vehicles to big data and web-based platforms for urban logistics, the consequences of technological innovation are far reaching and not entirely predictable.
Day 2 Workshop + Competition
9:00 AM-2:00 PM Free | Complimentary parking, breakfast, and lunch provided.
Register for the Day 2 Workshop.
Exhibitor spaces are free, but limited. Apply now to be an exhibitor.
Exhibitor benefits include:
• Two (2) complimentary passes to the Smart Cities MIAMI Conference
• Feature in the Program Booklet (distributed to all Conference attendees) to include photo, logo, exhibit description, website, and contact information .
• Exposure to leading smart cities experts, academics, researchers, local policy makers, inventors, and enthusiasts
Smart Cities Miami 2020 also offers Sponsorship Opportunities with varying benefit packages. Benefits are based on sponsorship level and may include:
• Recognition in all collateral, electronic communications, and signage
• Recognition on smartcities.miami.edu, on event signage, and in program booklet
• Free passes to Smart Cities Miami 2020
2020 Sponsorship Packet + Opportunities | Questions may be directed to 305.243.4976.
Program Booklet showcases are full-color, and come in 2 sizes. Complimentary design is available if needed.
• FULL (single) page (8.5” x 8.5”) $250
• DOUBLE page spread (17.0” x 8.5”) $500
Reception Sponsor, Florida Power & Light
And thank you to GlassHouse Systems