Tokyo Smart City Studio set to present findings to Tokyo partners

A studio team comprised of twenty students from the Schools of City and Regional Planning, Architecture, and Computing is set to present its final studio project to its Tokyo partners on April 18, 2018. An exhibition of the final studio project is scheduled from April 21-27, 2018.The studio, referred to as the Tokyo Smart City Studio, is led by Associate Professor Perry Yang.

Leading up to the conclusion of their final project, the team spent spring break at a week-long collaborative workshop in Tokyo. The workshop aimed to aid students in their work this semester investigating Kyojima, an inner-city neighborhood near the Tokyo Skytree landmark. Georgia Tech students combined with students from the University of Tokyo, the University of Tsukuba, and the National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES) of Japan to conduct onsite field work and interact with stakeholders from the local government and community.

Students also worked with University of Tokyo faculty and other experts in areas like energy modeling and mobility analysis. To end the trip, Georgia Tech students presented their project at the Tokyo Smart City Symposium, where 50 other leaders from a number of industries, universities and governments across the United States and Japan gathered together.

“I liked collaborating with students from Tokyo. The cross-cultural experiences and co-design processes among people from different backgrounds provided a unique opportunity for learning,” said Mick Tanglao, an architecture student at Georgia Tech.

The Tokyo Smart City Studio is an international partnership between the Georgia Tech Eco Urban Lab, NIES, the Global Carbon Project (GCP), and the Department of Urban Engineering of the University of Tokyo. It is a three-year collaboration for building a smart and ecologically sound community, as a pilot project in the context of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In advance of the 2020 Olympics, the city is seeking to prioritize carbon mitigation, energy-saving, disaster preparedness, and smart city technology goals. In 2017, the Tokyo Smart City studio designed a new community development in Urawa Misono. Next year, the project will move to Shinagawa, and will examine one of the biggest redevelopment projects occurring at Tokyo Bay.

“Tokyo as a mega-city provides an urban laboratory for smart city design. This allows us to address issues of complex infrastructural systems, and agglomerations of physical, cultural and technological challenges. Georgia Tech’s partnership in Tokyo allows us to develop our smart city research both locally and internationally, which is important in such a globally focused institution,” said Yang.

For more information on the Tokyo Smart City Studio, click here.

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