Utopia vs. the City Keynote: Rodolphe el-Khoury, "Animating the Public Realm with Emerging Technology"
The discourse and design of smart cities have focused on how to digitize the complex processes that define the city and on how, in turn, to utilize the collected data for the optimization of such processes. This lecture explores possibilities for turning data collection and use into a tangible phenomenon that animates public spaces and engages citizens. Smart technologies have social benefits; not only do they make our cities healthier, more sustainable, and more efficient, but also have the potential to animate our public spaces, making them more welcoming, more accommodating, and more enabling for us to connect, socialize, and come together as a community.
Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Trained as both a historian and a designer, he divides his time between scholarship, research, and practice. He is the author of numerous books on architecture and urbanism, including See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency; Monolithic Architecture; and Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture. el-Khoury’s leads RAD-UM, a research lab for embedded technology and robotics aiming at enhancing responsiveness and resilience in buildings and smart cities. The work of his firm, Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), has won international awards. el-Khoury’s work has been featured in national and international media outlets that cut across disciplines ranging from WIRED Magazine to the Wall Street Journal to the Space Channel to BBC World. He has shared his work through teaching, visiting professorships and lectures at dozens of institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
The 2020 P+ARG Conference, Utopia vs. the City, will take place Friday, January 31 through Saturday, February 1. Click here for more information on this biennial conference.