Technological innovation offers the promise of more intelligent, sustainable, equitable and dynamic cities. New technologies and data-processing capabilities will allow us to tackle some of the oldest and most intractable problems of planning and building cities. Governments, citizens, and the private sector offer innovative solutions for issues of governance, resource consumption, and access to services. In this course, we adopt a broad understanding of “smart cities,” as cities in which investments traditional and communication infrastructure, as well as human and social capital, drive sustainable economic development and improve quality of life.

This course aims to:

  • Explore various intersections of cities and technology
  • Discuss the role of planners, engineers, designers and others in smart cities
  • Provide a launching pad for smart cities initiatives across the UC Berkeley campus

The presentations and other materials generated in the course will be provided here to be shared with the UC Berkeley community as well as practitioners and researchers interested in the emerging intersections of urbanism and technology.