Architecture Professor Edgar Stach will present on “Smart and Healthy Cities” at the upcoming Dreamit x Bisnow Innovation Summit in Tampa, Fla.
“Supported by data and smart technologies, smart cities is an emerging paradigm in the development of urban environments in an attempt to build more efficient, healthier and livable cities,” Stach said. “Spanning across multiple disciplines and scales, this knowledge domain investigates the intersection of the built environment (urban planning, infrastructure, buildings, recreational spaces), population health (public health, environmental issues) and technology across a range of issues.
“Integrated into buildings and city systems, sensors and controls monitor all aspects of life and are set to transform the urban landscape,” he continued. “This transformation will affect the entire city as a system and spans from buildings, transportation, environment and infrastructure, to utilities impacting how we live, work and play in cities. This increased emphasis on multiple aspects of smart cities responds to current socioeconomic and ecologic pressures, such as climate change and air pollution.”
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) initiatives focus on transdisciplinary research across disciplines, colleges and institutions to advance the development of urban centers into smart and healthy cities, said Stach, who recently authored a book on famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Ongoing and future research at Jefferson will cross seven critical domains: population health, data acquisition and processing, architecture and the built environment, transportation, energy, smart systems and devices, and ecology.