FS2017 | Information Architecture and Future Cities: Smart Cities

The elective course ‘Information Architecture of Cities’ opens a holistic view on existing and new cities, with focus on Asia. The goal is to better understand the city by going beyond the physical appearance and by focusing on different representations, properties and impact factors of the urban system. As course requirement, there will be three short exercises.


What will happen when cities change from static configurations into responsive and dynamic structures? What does it mean for buildings that undergo the same changes? What is the impact on architectural and urban design education? How can citizens influence this development? The smart cities course will answer these questions and supply you with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and design such dynamic structures. The intelligent use of data and information are at the core of this course. Data and information are new building materials of future cities. Citizens produce increasing amounts of data in their daily life, with stationary sensors and mobile smartphones. Using those data, citizens begin to influence the design of future cities and the re-design of existing ones. The course will be a first step towards the emerging citizen design science and cognitive design computing. Those will be the next generation of participatory design and design computing. The course will run parallel to the edX MOOC on Smart Cities.

Where: HIT H 31.4 (Video wall)
When: Mondays 13:00 – 14:00



Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmitt

Dr. Estefania Tapias


Course flyer

HS 13 Information Architecture of Cities – IBook
EdX MOOC on Future Cities

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