Smart Buildings: Place Making at the Intersection of Planning, Design, and Technology*

In a world characterized by rapidly changing expectations of citizens and businesses, and the explosive growing relevance of technology in all aspects of life, we find the real estate industry trying to understand and get caught up with the digital revolution and technology era. "Smart Buildings" in itself is not a new term, but in today's world it is taking on new meaning.

Technology permeates deeply into the core, systems, and services of next generation buildings and today's tenants are expecting it. "Smart Buildings" of the future are sensored, networked, and managed in the Cloud. They produce millions of data points every minute that can be analyzed for the purpose of exceptional performance.

Networked smart buildings are safe and secure and interactive with their surrounding and occupancy. They can be personalized to the needs of each user and are green, efficient, and cheaper to build and operate. The interaction of tenants with building systems and sensors provides a new paradigm through which we see our built environment. The greatest challenge we face is that the future is already here. Consequently, planning, design, construction, and building operations have to adapt to accommodate rapidly changing possibilities and expectations.

After this course, you will appreciate the transformation that is taking place in the workplace, and understand the impact ICT has on design, construction, systems, lifecycle cost, environmental sustainability, and our future.

Throughout the program we will discuss case studies from Duke Energy Center, Charlotte; Waterpark Place/Oxford Properties, Toronto; George Brown College Waterfront Campus, Toronto; US General Services Administration, USA.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the transformation of the base-building, including trends towards IP-based automation systems.
  • Identify trends and tools for next generation place making.
  • Analyze operational considerations for the new built environment, with impact on cost, environment, quality, and user experiences.
  • Articulate smart building impact on process, design, and construction.

*This program is a joint program between GSD Executive Education and the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities.

Processing Fee: $75.00
Registration Expire Date: 
June 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Academic Leader(s): 

Academic Leader(s):

Vice President, Industry and Business Transformation, Cisco Canada, Toronto, ON


Principal and Co-Founder of Intelligent Buildings, LLC, Charlotte NC.

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