Georgia Tech kicks off Tokyo Smart City Studio Project for a 2020 Olympics site

Georgia Tech's Eco Urban Lab is kicking off a smart city project in January 2017 for Tokyo’s Urawa-Misono district, one of the 2020 Olympics sites. The project aims to develop a smart and ecologically sound community as a pilot project to demonstrate how a smart city is designed, evaluated, and financed in Japan by incorporating experts and stakeholders in the areas of urban design and modeling, urban analytics for big data, IoT (Internet of Things) technology, smart home, smart mobility, eco urban performance evaluation,and green finance industry.

The Tokyo smart city project is an international joint effort between the Global Carbon Project (GCP) of the Tsukuba headquarters, the National Institute of Environmental Studies of Japan, the Department of Urban Engineering of the University of Tokyo and the Eco Urban Lab, in collaboration with Misono’s Urban Design Center UDCMi, a governmental planning agency. Georgia Tech will lead the project’s first phase by organizing an international Urban Design Studio. Professor Perry Yang of the Georgia Tech School of City & Regional Planning and School of Architecture will lead the joint studio, together with Dr. Yoshiki Yamagata, the Head of GCP, Professor Akito Murayama of the University of Tokyo, and Professor Ellen Do of the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design and the School of Interactive Computing. More than twenty students from the School of City and Regional Planning, the School of Architecture, the School of Industrial Design, and the College of Computing will participate in the studio project.

“Tokyo is the largest mega-city of the world with a population of 37 million,"  said Professor Yang. "Its enormous scale, system complexity, innovation in design, and cutting-edge technologies provides an experimental urban laboratory and a terrific test bed for the smart city concept. We are hoping to develop a design integration model to make sense of this fascinating opportunity in Tokyo, and see how Georgia Tech can make contributions to this international partnership for creating the next.”

The studio is planning an on-site workshop in Tokyo in March 2017 as a study abroad opportunity. Students and faculty of Georgia Tech will travel to Japan and team up with local students and researchers in Tokyo to develop a joint design proposal and to meet with local community and governmental officials, and industrial stakeholders while in Tokyo. More background information of the smart city project and international urban design studio can be found on these sites:

Misono Urban Design Center, Tokyo, Japan: http://www.misono-tm.org/udcmi/

Global Carbon Project, Tsukuba office: http://www.cger.nies.go.jp/gcp/

International Urban Design Studio of Georgia Tech: https://waterfrontcities.wordpress.com

Eco Urban Lab of Georgia Tech: www.ecourbanlab.org

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