Miami, University Of Miami School Of Architecture, University Of Miami discussed on Future of the American City

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Words with Rodolfo. Gory architect educator and urban est whose work focuses on smart cities and embedded technologies rudy joins us today to discuss his work in technology and the public realm. Welcome Rudy. Thank you so you. After you know the The notable international crew that you've had as an architect and practice krill at Fong hadn't taught at a range of world-class leading institutions in architecture. Urbanism you made a choice. Five years ago to move oof to to Miami full-time and ticklish. Approval University of Miami. Why was that the right choice for you? And why was Miami the right place. The I mean it's not like one day I woke up reports said I would like to move to Miami because this is the right move. It just happens that I was aggressively. Recruited given an offer I I couldn't refuse and now. In retrospect it does seem like this was the right move for me but it wasn't really calculated it was more the Buzzer Michio of seizing. That opportunity well you know of course. The University of Miami School of Architecture has disproportionate role in the history of our fields in the last several decades last half century arguably and so of course it's an important and significant institutional role but it was presumably also the city itself that was in part attractive. It was both really because I'm very interested in the history of the school. In the role it has played in the evolution of the discourse and the practice but the interest of the school. It was surprising because I'm not the most obvious candidate. Given my investment in emerging technology so to be involved volved in these processes that are transforming the feel is very important but also I am interested in all the scales at which we see this transformation transformation from the scale of the object to actually also the the city and in terms of how I relate to the trajectory of the the University of Miami School of architecture. It's basically at the scale of the city. And how will you engage faculty and students in that workout. How does that? Ah Get organized at the Miami. So when I arrived five years ago a broad the that lab that I had in Toronto onto with my colleagues Kalama hiber and the Smart Coppola's so there was a extension of that effort in Miami so Gerrad lab so that was called the red U M. And what do you mean by Rad in rat lab read. I'm GONNA be honest. He used to stand for responsive architecture at Daniels. which is the Dave task but now it has been transformed to responsive architecture and design? That's read that's right so responsive architecture and undesired. Um Yes yeah so help me understand so the idea is with you know the kind of coming Internet of things you know. Every component every element of the built environment comment will be communicating in some way. We'll we'll have information for us right. So like we know how technology transforming everything the way we design CETERA. But in this case case it's technology's not only in instrument for Construction Design Management workflows term with with think of it as a an ingredient to building materials. We're embedding that can -nology like we have the seraphic. Mateo was show a break close. A microcontroller equals question. Shumar so the idea is to think of the possibility of embedding this kind of intelligence or connectivity into every building material and to see what happens you you have this formulation telling you this right. Every brick is communicating right. Yeah sounds terrifying. Every week has an IP be address. There it's you can. We can pin it down on the has the presence on the Web I mean there's something about the idea of the juxtaposition of the brick right. I mean in some ways. The most ancient the most archaic the most Foundational Building Material. But part of what your research suggests is that not only bricks and buildings but also urban environments landscapes could be communicate so as they communicate. Like what kinds of if things might we be learning from these environments. Like what kinds of information might we be gathering right. I mean much of the discussion on the Internet of things and sponsored. It has to do with the bus of collecting data digitizing and deploying big data as an instrument for a more informed decision making or management of the city and architecture. But the of course there's much more than that. So for instance one of the lines of research that we are in how we can start to think about customization for the city for the large scale like we tend to customize our private environments. They are multi billion dollar industries devoted to this but was we step out in the public we all. There's no such thing as customization right. It's almost sounds like a contradiction on Oxymoron. Because by the Phoenicians supposedly sadly the public realm is the common denominator that has to accommodate everyone and it tends toward in certain contexts the lowest common denominator or at least the most generic right but because of the technology and the possibility to in Mesh all of these building components of the environment into this web of communication. We can start to orchestrate besides responses to individuals and the built advice. I can give you example the smart city we designing and the Yucatan. It's good sensiti. It's right outside of Marietta there. Is this kind of digital platform from that. The served as an interface between the citizens and the city where they can find to calibrate the wistful manatee so for instance they can go online and specify what kind of public light the wish to have so the the preferred I very bright so because they feel safer for something more discreet. In what kind of color temperature. So if they happen to be walking alone than the municipal lighting public infrastructure accommodates to their user profile. And then will will deliver the light that they prefer of. Course if there's more than one person then there's some kind of averaging what are quite like about the example is that you could imagine in a situation in which this is something that is at based in which the individual citizen has some agency individually or through some collective or political process assis. One could also imagine some kind of you know algorithm or machine learning over time to interpret human behavior respond and this seems like a very different scenario scenario than the kinds of Surveillance and data kind of privacy concerns that we see around the topic in so many places right but of course the the lighting is going to respond to you. It means that you are being watched and tracked. And so this the idea. The problems of sedans privacy. I always you know very challenging when we're working in that territory but whenever it comes up sometimes I've went present something like this. And there's a reaction from the audience. I remind them that our notion of privacy's is constantly transforming for instance. The Kodak cameras were prohibited waited on public beaches in the US for quite a while. I think it's not until the forty s that they were allowed. Those very interesting story. I don't know if it's true story but it's fascinating. Apparently in the nineteenth century in Paris Windy hosman assignments started. You know the transformation the Vars were introduced and most importantly for the discussion artificial lighting was introduced. There were some protests because it was seen as a invasion of privacy this soda privacy eroding due to this kind of technological intrusion intrusion. It's interesting because sore remotes like this idea. But that does you how understanding of fiber see has evolved. Since and. I suspect that we will. Well see this kind of evolution in relation to those new technologies. It's well put the history. Science Technology is littered with those kinds of negotiations. So I guess one of the questions I've got has to do with the role of sponsorship so this experimental city in the Oklahoma City. Who are your partners in it? And does that in any way give you a greater confidence. So the private project project and the site is adjacent to science and Technology Park which is funded by the federal government. So it's capitalizing on that. The Adjacency is entity is conceived as a tech transfer hub. So it's a group of private investors and developers but as the project evolves as thick. It will get more and more government support. It's a great group of people who are really visionaries reason. They are very optimistic about technology and they have like the. The sauce is very much like a silicon valley since ability. Not to use the same jargon talk about disruptive technology they think of the the city they they think of it as a startup that has the capacity you to imagine a completely different lifestyle. I mean given the kind of the beauty and the kind of environmental quality of the Yucatan. It reminds me that a quite a lot of your interest in in smart cities technology responsive environments has not simply been about built environments but also about natural environments in the landscape. and I wonder if you could say more about the role. All of these technologies in thinking about questions of Sustainability Orion. The the kind of building healthier natural in Ryan's should this of course there's a big part of it. We have three big teams for density. That's one of the new Unity Yucatan famous for this sin notice. You know they are these. You're right caves that you're meant to dive in them and yellow water by the beautiful under ground environments water ended ended our part of the cultural imaginary. So we have this kind of system of reservoirs for collecting stormwater you're actually under deployed under the main abyss squares so it has that sin not quality in the sense that it is shaped in a particular. Okay but also it's accessible to the public and actually also include some amenities like a small library resources. It's a public underground bound public space with water. Psych assistant reminds me a bit of those that fame system in Istanbul. non-roman reservoir isn't war so it's a piece of infrastructure for remediating collecting stormwater. That's also oblique space. The present as was the public cultural imaginary around this notice Cetera so fascinating so this is on kind of a new kind of innovative urban tight. But it's also drawing on the history of the the Indian step world the regional kind of geology so in in those kinds of examples. You're interested in not just the Internet if things is or wired responsive environments but the ways in which design can play a role and I take it from you know from your writings your your your public comments in your Ted Talk Doc that you you think that in some ways maybe the conversation about smart cities and the conversation around the Internet of things hasn't really benefited yet from being thought through from the point of view of design is is that et Cetera. I know absolutely also repeatedly insists that we are not inventing anything. We're not developing new technology. We have no patents or anything anything. We are designer so we Li- or present or deployed technology in a new way by means of design. It is that killer way in which is used and presented that we think of our contribution to the field for instance one known nonni example from the Toronto red days is the smart blankets. That search too busy track sleeping patterns was interesting about it as easy due to just attach sensors to blanket and then collect the data in this particular case the itself is the decorative pattern. Turn the through it. Looks like a floral pattern on the blankets and we invented the Lancashire and it's decorative motifs leaves to perform as a they're collecting vies with student just glued technology on it and this is what we tried to do in all these projects his to land the technology and then interesting way in order to allow familiar objects to perform in this new way. I mean AH parts of that project remind me very favorably of the work of Just off with each artist. Who's done quite a lot of interesting installation work around accommodating you know people people that are sleeping raw for sleeping in the in the open and at the same time as you accommodate them? His work is most often also making them more legible in a way in the in the space the city in addition to responsive landscapes. I know that you've had an interest in questions of health. Public Health unhealthy facilities. Healthcare facilities is also a part of your research here. So what are we speak week of embedded technology responsive environments etcetera is one area where they are most likely to flourish is in the healthcare. Oh care space because this is where you want space to perform optimally and the way we can actually justify the cost because it it it yields feels safer environments better equipped with handling the task Tan. So yes many of the projects have this healthcare application vacation which led me to become more and more interested in this field and my commitment to starting a healthcare design program The the school of Architecture of Miami so we are have been working on this for a while. We've had the soft launch so to speak for a Master's program focused on healthcare designed is now one of the areas of concentration in our massive science and architecture. Eventually it will become a standalone on professional master's dedicated to healthcare. There are a number of these now emerging. Because there's a great need for them but what will be particular about hours at University of Miami is that it will address also the large scale at the. Um disqualified that sure even when we're talk about the individual building we are always thinking of the urban context because of the DNA of the school so we will be addressing these issues at the scale up the individual building also the individual room in healthcare facility but also at.

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