Architecture and technology students bring smart cities to life with two exciting projects

A unique interactive installation will bring urban design to life using an app and beacon technology during the Australian Smart Communities Conference Welcome Reception at Adelaide’s SAHMRI building on Monday 29 May.

Hiding in Plain Site has been developed by students from the Master of Architecture in collaboration with students from the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide.

Using beacon technology and a complimentary app, conference delegates will gain a deeper understanding of city issues and explore ways that technology can help design city places and spaces that can better accommodate its citizens.

“Most importantly, the exhibition has been a great way to get students working outside of their usual areas, talking with other students across disciplines,” Associate Professor Nick Falkner said.

“Our objective was to work together to communicate the hidden ways that space and the built environment shape the experiences of vulnerable members of our urban communities and this project has certainly achieved that. 

“The students from Computer Science have gained valuable experience in working on real problems for clients and the Hide to Seek Collective students have a public display for their thoughts on the potential hostility found in some urban design. My University of Adelaide colleagues are delighted with the outcome and look forward to building on this cross-discipline collaboration for more projects," he said.

A second exhibition, Archaeology of the Smart City, will be on show at the ODASA lobby in Leigh St. It has been developed by 21 students from the Masters Program in Urban Design at the University of Adelaide.

Associate Professor Dr Julian Worrall from the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, who initiated and coordinated the projects, said both exhibitions provided an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their work.

“Working on both exhibits for the Australian Smart Communities Conference has provided us with an opportunity to bring perspectives from the design and built environment disciplines to the conversation about smart cities. The exposure to leaders and decision makers from Australia and around the world will be invaluable to our students, and we hope it will be stimulating and provocative for conference delegates too,” Prof Worrall said.

The conference, hosted by the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA), will highlight case studies from leading Australian and international cities, such as smart parking, energy and lighting management, environmental sensors and open data.

ASCA President Michael Whereat said the two student projects were an exciting addition to the conference, providing delegates with fresh insights into the relationship between technology and architecture in the development of smart cities.

The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 29-31 May. It brings together more than 40 innovation, smart communities and technology leaders who will share their knowledge about how smart communities can become more efficient by using smart solutions to improve infrastructure, services and quality of life for their citizens.

INSTALLATION: Hiding in Plain Site

VENUE: SAHMRI Foyer, AUSTRALIAN Smart Communities Conference Welcome Reception

OPENS: Monday, 29 May 2017, from 5:30pm

EXHIBITION: Archaeology of the Smart City

VENUE: ODASA Ground Floor Lobby, 28 Leigh St, Adelaide

OPENS: Monday, 29 May 2017, from 2:00pm