The open house was a culmination of the studios effort throughout the semester. Posters of the key analysis were pinned up for a gallery walk through and a presentation was made to three external reviewers. Finally, a dialogue was facilitated to share feedback and input.

The primary concern that emerged from the Tokyo trip was the need for flexibility. Our aim then turned to incorporating our long-term vision for the community (equity and sustainability) into a flexible framework that can engage stakeholders and evolve over time. A result of this is the planning support system. We envisage UDCMi to be the key collaborators between the quantifiable goals on one hand and the community on the other.

The conceptual design team broke away from the drive to create one master plan and instead defined the areas based on typologies. As different needs arise, these 6 different typologies can be adopted to fit the demand. The mosaic of typologies interacts to create zones that have significant urban character because of its location, relation to the surrounding context and unique interaction of the typologies.

The goal of the energy- food- water team was to ultimately create a net zero community. The planning support system is a tool to achieve this. By setting standards for target production and consumption for each zone, the surplus and deficit can be balanced within the city by UDCMi to achieve this goal. On the other hand, at the parcel scale, targets for production and consumption can be traded between parcels to ensure benefit for all.

The mobility team investigated the impact having a planning support system can have for transportation. Once again, the dynamic change of population and development over time can be incrementally modeled through this system. Ultimately, the target set for each phase of development can be actively monitored and the feedback can be reincorporated to alter options to fit current and future needs.

The smart city group proposed a way to enable this by integrating IoT and sensors to monitor constantly. This proposal compliments our Japanese partners’ intention of funding projects through green bonds through neighborhood level sustainability certification. A link to our final report can be found here.

 

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