Not in Kansas Anymore...
Imagine for a moment, that you’ve woken up in the middle of a deep sleep. The surroundings are familiar, but the objects around you are “animated”, independently so, and despite their apparent autonomy, they remain completely powered by you.

Your alarm clock is a pulsating vibration at the nape of your neck, thanks to “IM Blanky”; your umbrella, self-charging by the door, depicts a bright blue hue on its canvas (ahh, it will be a sunny day); the kitchen surface, upon touch, shares your day’s schedule and a bio of the IT director you will interview. Now, imagine this “embedded technology” on a grander scale; in the infrastructure of a building, programmed to transmit alert messages to forecast water damage, electrical malfunctions or erosion in the foundation. Welcome to a Smart City!

This is no longer a dream sequence. It is a research agenda that is now vigorously promoted at SoA, with several projects underway in the RAD-UM lab, including a smart city in Yucatan: Zenciti.

“We are designing a smart city from the ground up; a perfect opportunity for our knowledge and imagination to be both tested and expanded”, confirms the Dean of SoA.

This effort to embrace Smart Cities planning and its impact on the built environment has led SoA, guided by Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury, to join forces with the Center for Computational Science (CCS-UM). The program launches its first annual conference in Miami, on February 23 & 24th and will focus on the emerging trends and technology on infrastructure and the built environment.

Rest-assured, that if you engage with any “animated” objects such as these, in the very near future – you are not in REM, nor in Kansas anymore.

Join us at the Smart Cities Conference, and bring your (smart) umbrella!

For more info:

Next Wednesday, February 8, Tecnoglass Lecture by Water Management Expert, Henk Ovink
Henk Ovink was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs (2015). As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGO’s to address the world’s stressing needs on water and help initiate transformative interventions.

Ovink is also Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, installed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and President of the World Bank Jim Kim with 10 Heads of State / Heads of Government including Prime Minister Rutte from The Netherlands to catalyze change in water awareness and implementation.

Henk is Principal for 'Rebuild by Design,' the resilience innovation competition he developed and led for President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force where he was Senior Advisor to the Chair. He has been Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning in The Netherlands. (Rendering above "The Reverse Aquarium" by Rebuild by Design)

Ovink teaches at the London School of Economics and at Harvard GSD and is member of the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City,' and curated the debate series ‘Design and Politics: the next phase’ for Aedes network Campus Berlin. He initiated the research program and is chief editor of the series of publications with NAI0 10 Publishers on Design and Politics.

He will present a Tecnoglass Lecture on Wednesday February 8, 2017 in Glasgow Hall, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 at 6:30 p.m. Livestream available!

SoA and SBA host the Annual Real Estate Impact Conference next Friday, February 10
Technological innovation is reshaping the social and economic behavioral patterns involving how and where we shop, live, work, socialize and move about our communities. This conference will provide insights on fast-moving trends from industry leaders and explore the enormous impacts that disruptive technologies have in store for commercial real estate in 2017 and beyond.

The Real Estate Impact Conference is a by invitation-only gathering of real estate industry leaders (Friday, February 10, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Career Season Workshop
Portfolio: Best Practices and Review
12 p.m. Presentation, 2nd Floor Jury
12:30 to 2 p.m. Individual Reviews, SoA Courtyard

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Career Season Workshop
Student Profile Book
12 to 2 p.m., SoA Courtyard

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Open City Studio Informational Meeting
This year we will be based in SEOUL, South Korea. We will also visit Japan, staying multiple days in KYOTO and TOKYO. The deadline for enrolling in the program is February 24.
12 p.m., SoA Courtyard

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Career Prep Symposium
Resume and Dress for Success + Career Pitch / Mock Interviews
12 to 2 p.m., Rinker Classroom

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Lecture by David Williams
The MRED+U program presents "Lobbies Will Be Basements: Sea-Level Rise Lessons from Seattle" by David Williams, civil engineer, historian and author based in Seattle.
12 to 2 p.m., Glasgow Lecture Hall

Monday, February 6, 2017 - Career Season Workshop
Portfolio: Best Practices and Review
12 p.m. Presentation, 2nd Floor Jury
12:30 to 2 p.m. Individual Reviews, SoA Courtyard

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - Lunch with the Dean
Join Dean el-Khoury for news about the semester ahead!
12:15 p.m., Glasgow Lecture Hall

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Exhibition Opening: Emilio Sanchéz in South Florida Collection
Curated by Drs. Victor Deupi and Nathan Timpano (of the University of Miami), the Lowe Art Museum cordially invites you to the opening reception of Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections.
7 to 9 p.m. with a 'Curator's Talk' at 7:30 p.m., University of Miami Lowe Art Museum
'Upcoming Events' header image by Emilio Sanchéz

Ivonne de la Paz, or call (305) 284-5252.
University of Miami School of Architecture, 1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146,