Explore Smart Cities of the future in Harvard's Future Cities Program! September 21-22, 2017 | 14 AIA/AICP

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Sep 21, 2017
Cambridge, MA


The city of the future is digital, environmental, and socially friendly. This is the time to prepare and take advantage of the possibilities. The opportunities are endless.

Community leaders, planners, government officials, the business sector, and other municipal stakeholders are looking towards the "smart city" movement to serve as a foundation for change and to provide a platform for sustainable innovation and growth. Entities such as Government services, healthcare, education, transportation and buildings, become more intelligent and service-oriented as they are infused with digital technologies and innovations. The impact of networked services, applications, smart objects, and experiences is profound and will re-shape the world as we know it. To have a lasting positive effect on our communities the impact of environmental and social externalities, technology, and innovation must be defined, grounded, implemented, and celebrated with the help of collaborative eco-systems (mobilizing the community).

The ‘Future Cities’ program will explore how to build such collaborative eco-systems and instill lasting change for our future cities. This program will explore the technology trends and tools that underpin the digital transformation of our communities and delve into the environmental and social impacts to be taken into consideration when re-imagining the future of a city. You will emerge from the class with the framework necessary to define and pursue “purpose” through the use of innovation with the help of all relevant stakeholders.


  • Summarize the principles and foundational requirements of the smart city in the digital age.
  • Recognize the opportunities of the Smart City in all aspects of life--not a technology discussion but a value conversation (health, education, transportation, buildings).
  • Outline governance, policies, partnerships--a blueprint on "how to get started."
  • Lessons learned from Smart City examples all around the world.

Planners, designers, architects, developers, public officials, and service providers interested in the possibilities of creating "smarter cities".

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:00am →
Friday, September 22, 2017, 5:00pm

Harvard University Campus
Cambridge, MA



Rick Huijbregts
Vice President, Innovation, Cisco Canada;
Managing Director, Digital Transformation and Industry Solutions, Cisco Americas

Miguel J. Martins
Global Lead - Innovation & Sustainability, Knowledge, Learning & Innovation Office, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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August 25, 2017 - 1:25pm
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