We are part of the 'TechniCity'. The increasing availability of
networks, sensors and mobile technologies allows for new approaches to
address the challenges that our cities face. The way we understand cities
is undergoing sweeping transformation, right along with the analytical
tools we use to design our cities and the communication tools we use to
engage people. Absorbing, studying and understanding the role of technology
from a critical viewpoint allows us to generate creative ideas for improving
This course begins by examining how our cities are changing. We then jump into how technology is used to engage with the public to support decision-making and the creative ways that every-day people are using technology to improve their cities. Students will be examining tools for analyzing the city. Then we move into exploring the fascinating ways that cities are using real-time, technology. You'll hear from technological innovators and thought leaders about all of these topics. You will get to engage around a topic you are most interested in to create a project in your own city.
Week One - Foundations of the TechniCity
Understand the foundations of the TechniCity and what it means to be a city planner.
Week Two - Infrastructure for the TechniCity
You'll learn how sensors and networks are transforming our cities.
Week Three - Engaging the TechniCity
Through social networking and crowdsourcing platforms you'll learn how to engage in city building.
Week Four - Entrepreneurial Urbanism
You'll explore how open data initiatives, hack-a-thons, and urban prototyping festivals are creatively innovating our cities.
Weeks Five & Six - Analyzing the TechniCity
From sentiment analysis to mashups, you'll experiment with analyzing data.
Week Seven – Leading TechniCities
Explore how cities across the globe are using Technology to advance their future.
Week Eight- The Future of the TechniCity
You'll engage in peer evaluation of your fellow classmates projects and participate in lively discussion around the future of the TechniCity.
While there is no specific prerequisite knowledge to take this course,
this course is targeted for students at an upper undergraduate or graduate
level of education. This course is accessible to non-technical students.
The final project will be structured to allow all participants to creatively
engage their wide ranging skills, whether they be technical or non-technical.
All of the readings you will be using in this course will be provided. Here are a few that provide helpful information on topics we will be covering in this course: (Click the title of the reading to view)
Smart City Framework: A Systematic Process for Enabling Smart+Connected Communities by Gordon Falconer and Shane Mitchell.
This course is your salon, a gathering of people under the roof of inspiring hosts (your instructors), held partly to amuse each other and partly to refine our collective taste and increase the knowledge of the course participants through conversation.
Participants in this course are encouraged to contribute their ideas, give feedback on others ideas and provide support for good ideas. Your hosts (instructors) will provide rewards for the best ideas and most meaningful contributions.
Students will complete assignments that build towards a final peer reviewed project about technology in your own city or region.
Will I get a statement of accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructors.Other than an Internet connection, what resources will I need for this class?
You'll learn how the combination of sensors, networks, and engagement
work together to create real-time cities that support more than half
of the global population.