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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 16, 2013


Smart Cities

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ANTHONY TOWNSEND

Smart Cities

Electric car sharing in Paris, dynamic road pricing in Singapore, nationwide smart meters in the UK. “The technology industry is asking us to rebuild the world around its vision of efficient, safe, convenient living,” writes Anthony Townsend. But wireless sensor networks and integrated communications systems are vulnerable to power failure and hacking, not to mention software errors. What if the smart cities of the future are chock full of bugs?
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BARBARA PENNER

Designed-In Safety

What is the role of the consumer in the design of products and environments? What are the professional and ethical obligations of the designer to the user? Barbara Penner explores the rise of the consumer as a collective force in the mid-20th century, from Ralph Nader and Reyner Banham to Henry Dreyfuss and Alexander Kira. She focuses especially on the bathroom, and Kira's efforts to enlist broad public support for the redesign of this most private of spaces.
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ALEXANDROS WASHBURN

Resilience in Red Hook

In October 2012, as Hurricane Sandy approached New York, Alexandros Washburn defied evacuation orders and stayed fast in his home in Red Hook, watching as his street flooded and became a "full-fledged river." But he had good reason; the city's chief urban designer wanted to observe first-hand "the dynamics of the storm surge and its effect on our streets and structures." Here he recounts his experience during the storm and the hugely complicated — and ongoing — municipal recovery and response.
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University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture

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The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture is the first faculty in Canada to offer four post-graduate, built-environment professional degree programs: Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. All of these are based on a comprehensive non-professional Environmental Design undergraduate program that results in a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. The Faculty of Architecture also offers a Ph.D. Program. The Ph.D. in Design and Planning in the Faculty of Architecture focuses on research in the following areas: Planning and Design Theory; Sustainable Planning and Design; Planning and Design Education; Planning and Design Practice; and Design and Planning Technologies. Through its focus upon design excellence, teaching and research, the faculty demonstrates its commitment to improving the quality of the built environment and associated ecological, economic, physical and social well-being of the global community.
University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

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The University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation provides a process through which students and the professional community can express the creativity, acquire the technical capacity, accept the social responsibility and recognize a sense of history to make the decisions that shape the built environment. Through research, practice, outreach and teaching, students learn to understand the built environment at all scales: from the history, design, function and impact of a single building or public space to the operation, physical form and socioeconomic system of a metropolitan region.
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