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Lighting & Placemaking: Smart City

Thursday, June 4, 5:30 -8:30 pm
Gensler San Francisco Offices
2 Harrison St., 3rd floor, San Francisco

David Scheer, Sr. Product Integration Manager, Architect, Autodesk
Krista Cannelakis, Deputy Innovation Officer - Office of Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco
Lewis Knight Planning & Urban Design Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Jeremy Steinmeier Architect & Lighting Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Peter Williams, IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO, Big Green Innovations, IBM

What exactly is the Smart City? How can it make places feel better? Today we are in the early stages of many deep transformations in the way we build and adapt in cities, and lighting is a leading application for the development and implementation of the Smart City. With the advent of Solid State Lighting (SSL), cities all over the planet are realizing that SSL can not only deliver energy savings, but can improve the quality of urban life, through better lighting and as the next step in intelligent infrastructure.

But organizations that plan and manage cities don’t fully recognize the value of a Smart City vision because it hasn’t yet been fully articulated. City managers today are presented with a bewildering range of technology solutions. To manage the future we need unprecedented flexibility; new metrics and analysis tools; and new models for policy, governance, design, development, and management that cross organizational and professional barriers.

The third in our 2015 Spring Seminars will deliver an overview of Smart City developments happening now; pose key questions about behavior, privacy, economic development, safety, health, and sustainability; demonstrate how lighting is leading Smart City development; show how new powerful modeling and sensor technologies and design methodologies are interacting to connect design, construction, and operation; showcase exciting local and global projects; outline alternative futures for the Smart City; and stimulate new ideas for collaboration and innovation.