“Smart City: The Next Generation”, Focus South-East Asia
How do new projects – from architecture, urban planning to urban interventions – influence the behavior of a city’s inhabitants and users? How do these projects affect the urban fabric and its functionality?
The exhibition “Smart City: The Next Generation” and associated events at the Architectural Forum Aedes am Pfefferberg, will discuss innovative “smart city” projects from South-East Asia: buildings, planning, urban interventions, initiatives and visions for the future from internationally known experts as well as young architects, planners and initiators from Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, who are making the cities more intelligent, sustainable, effective and above all improving the quality of life for their citizens. Beyond that, both the exhibition and the catalogue will showcase the results of the student workshops, which Aedes initiated in Phnom Penh, Jakarta and Manila to generate the future city visions of the upcoming generation.
The exhibition and Symposium is based on the following three questions:
1. How does your project “smarten up” the city?
2. What are the challenges that you face from your (country-specific) urban infrastructure?
3. How does your project affect the behavioral patterns of the city’s inhabitants and users?
Behavioral change on a global scale is what the team of Prof. Dirk Hebel at the Future City Labortory of the ETH Zürich in Singapore has in mind. They investigate the “smart material” qualities of bamboo in the building sector. The idea: replacing steel with bamboo. Because “bamboo concrete” could, taken in the long-term, revolutionize the entire equatorial region, and significantly improve the social value chain as well as the economic conditions of the developing countries to a large extent, and reducing CO2 emissions drastically.
Exhibition Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Exhibition duration: 17 May – 4 July 2013
Smart City Symposium: 8 and 9 June 2013 as part of the APW 2013