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"poleo frank" Discussed on Future of the American City

Future of the American City

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"poleo frank" Discussed on Future of the American City

"The scale of the neighborhood the district Cetera. There's of course a growing now. Actually entire field emerging around wellbeing health at the scale of the of the cities are very exciting. The emerging discourse and we are the forefront of discussion and in linking that idea of the the medical environment hospital title environment thinking about you know from the scale of the patient and the kind of data rich environment of patient care to the kind of nested scales in which these complexes grow grow. It strikes me that you are proposing kind of continuity across scales. I mean from the very beginning of the conversation about public health and the western city. The the beginning inning of the mapping of pump handles in London there has been this aspiration to bring a more empirically based or evidence based approach to thinking about health in the city. It strikes me that your interest your proposition around information in the city is really a continuation of that rather than something completely now. That's a very interesting. I think insights because it touches also on this idea of customization but frames it in different ways. So it's not so much about the individual projecting their desires his onto the public realm. But the possibility of being able to have a sense of ownership individual ownership over the public aquarium or the P. pieces of infrastructure for that. Give you an example. So we developed this project where it's an photovoltaic array to power the some some of the municipal services but in this case each panel in this Ray is actually assigned by means of an APP to individual citizen so the APP response to the actions the behavior of the panels and it moves only when the the owner is moving is active and the panel has to move because it has to catch up with the trajectory of the sun has to optimize its orientation tation to become more efficient. But if the if it's assigned owner is not moving then it falls behind and it's less efficient so this Out there in that piece of infrastructure has assigned to you and that is rotating trying to keep up with the sun and you are keeping it. It's powerful image. So the in the same way the fitbit or the SMARTWATCH gamified your own healthcare regime you can somehow Gamma Phi and engage age. Human curiosity the obsessive -ness of individuals to have gamified public infrastructure. But what's interesting is that you have a sense of ownership you can. There's this piece Out there you can point to it. It's yours and you are responsible for this kind of building. This relationship with public infrastructure at the individual level is is part of that vision of the city not as this indifferent platform. But something that can be talking to individually and that you are responsible responsible for but this kind of Gamification of health speaks to what you were saying earlier about the the whole discontinuing between spots city big data health wellbeing there was a conference at the Radcliffe Institute. You're a half ago on this question of data and decision making aching and in that. What one that we saw was that while? There's a a robust discourse for several decades now around behavioral economics this is now now established body of economic thought That humans are not rational actors and we still carry around these kind of pre pre human brain lobes and make choices. That are not optimal that simile. There's a group of people engaged in. What's putatively being called behavioral policy right and so it strikes me that this game indication the engagement agent of the human brain with how to harvest energy in the most optimal way and also have a sense of personal individual investment in a in a public utility that strikes me is is a good example of this idea of a kind of behavioral policy understanding how to engage citizens rate inside? I never link this idea with this behavior of policy discussion. That's interesting I mean. One of the maybe optimistic takeaways from that conversation so far has been that and while we know that more information has not historically produced better decision making for humans the distribution the decentralization of decision. Making your product is proposing is one way to work around that and it it strikes me that this simultaneously does too very interesting things. One thing that does is it decentralizes centralizers in defuses the role of the single profess oriole or managerial class person. In the lab coat who's making all the decisions who's increasingly inundated dated with information but not necessarily increasingly able to make better decisions because of the amount of information and at the same time. This product of yours proposes to more fully engage individuals citizens in the work of the city. It's life it's infrastructure life. It's metabolism does the fiction of the Big Data in those nefarious terms. You know a certain terms of civilians manipulation etc really. Don't take into consideration the dialectical opposites of how citizens maybe empowered also by those technologies and big data access to information and the data and how that may prompt participatory citizenship. And actually we have seen how this is playing out. It is very much so like the disease increased participation and engagement because of the link that is being made between the the citizen and UH infrastructure. That is more tune and responsive to their actions so not only collecting database. Actually be offering the possibility of of their participation. In it's shaping it. Is it your sense that the slider accessibility of information could be thought of as a kind of Democratization John I mean in the context that many are concerned with four or five very large monopolistic firms in one culture having all that data To do with what they will. Yes when we talk about facebook Google Cetera. Yes there are these big firms monopolizing this kind of information. We're talking about cities. Public Infrastructure at ticket is mine. I eve in the swimming that actually no we can still think of Open source US accessible data civic hacking and avenues of participation and access to data. So the interesting question. So we've talked about your research Your interest in the development of the RAD lab at the Miami and Your interest in healthcare. Can you tell us more more. Broadly the direction that you see the school of Architecture University Miami taking your leadership and and with the advice and consent of your colleagues so interesting. What University of Miami in general and the School of Also in particular is that the university is very much you know heart of the city. It doesn't have this kind of adversarial relation that you find sometimes sometimes and you know what I think it has to do with the football team. Football is big and hold region. The community identify was this team and by By association I think is was the university so the university community is not only condemning community It's the entire city so to speak because of I think it has largely to do with the love for the batch leading teams and especially the football team so this kind of favorable favorable kind of sympathy sets the ground for a very interesting productive collaboration relationship. We have was the city so for instance the Squaw architecture has historically always been involved in their fares of the city. Does Zoning Code for Miami. Miami Twenty one which was actually developed by the the office of the former Andean Liz better cyborg was also incubated tested the explored also in the context of the school of architecture. So everybody who you participated in this very important project many many things that characterize like for instance there is a consensus dances forming. Now to kind of mobilization is I think I think it is exciting around the issues of adaptation to sea level rise Serban resilience so we have a new president reuse ago. As you know with the new president comes this important. Effort is the strategic plan and actually Poleo Frank up as lexical the roadmap which is a better way to think about it so we have been engaged in this pal process at the Slovak next for a Trying to establish our roadmap and urban resilience has emerged as the focus like this. It's very exciting to think of a school having one one single dedication everything focused on this problem and I think it's only possible in Miami because there is an existential threat. It's the sea level rise. You know it's very serious problem. We we cannot afford not to invest all of our resources thinking efforts into to this issue so there is this problem solving ethos that has developed. And there is a shared that dictation or focus on at application and sea level rise which is energizing the school. So yes it is still is this very heterogeneous place but we are all all the united in this. Shared Mission Nausea think is exciting and you mentioned the schools Legacy its history of being engaged in the future of the city. Eh and in some ways using Miami as kind of test bed to then impact disciplined impact the profession more broadly. Because of course you know you you mentioned your predecessor thirteen for decades Sylla's platters who were speaking with in this series as well offering through DP Z.? Miami Twenty one. The planning guy but also a spatial planning guide not one which is just about policy regulatory. But in fact the commitment to kind of urban design right characterizes Miami in its history and the University of Miami School Architecture's contribution to that in that history. Can you share with us one of the projects that you can imagine going forward Around this question of resilience adaptation nation and your engagement with the city right so given this dedication the new focus which is really the result of our reflection the strategizing strategizing. We are not trying to Orient. Most if not all of our upper level sponsor. Joe's is it towards that goal. For instance like excited about this new partnership we have with the Perkins in wheel would be funding to Joe's the deal. Was this problem for this. One example. But it's dramatic of this effort now that we will spend on investing being all of these two draws in this particular arena and in real world problems so we will have supporters from the industry but also will have interlocutors doc actors from the city in real world problem solving situations in addition to sea level rise among the effects of anthropogenic climate. I'm a change or increase storm event changing loss of loss of species but also changing by oems and the statistical inevitability of another big storm event. I recall in one thousand nine hundred to the impact of hurricane. Andrew and the response of faculty the Miami and the city and the region responding with what is now I think viewed widely as among the most progressive and resilient hurricane building codes in the world by the way tend to focus on the gradual long delay of the sea level rise. Actually think more decisive in its impact on Miami is going to be the occasional big storm. That's going to be devastating and then actually have consequences. So yes you're right about the Andrew and it's actually very very important moment for the school because it is Andrew and the consequences of Andrew that created our center for or that urban and community designed cd which emerged or almost organically from the hold efforts that the school was involved old in aftermath of Andrew they had shreds projects participated in various citywide efforts et CETERA. They extremely active and engage and To such an extent that finally all of these efforts accumulated and four formalized lies into what is now our UCD but the emerged as a response to that the storm so this UCD is our consultation. TATUM arms with to speak takes on. Projects has been very active for instance in Haiti after the earthquake but continues to have projects their the an all over the Caribbean the interesting to know. Actually how emerge in a moment of crisis as a response to Andrew so the Center for urban and community design fine in school of architecture. University of Miami is a good example of institutional response to a set of social environmental crises..

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