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Smart Cities – Technology’s Impact on Urban Design and Accessibility


Municipal governments and urban designers have infused smart technology into city operations and public spaces. At its best, smart technology facilitates broader community engagement, accessibility, and efficiency. At its worst, smart technology can be difficult to implement, access, and maintain.

With a focus on accessibility, this interactive presentation and workshop will highlight what makes a “smart city” with examples of innovative smart city technology in action. An urban designer and an accessibility rights advocate will discuss the pros, cons, and opportunities of creating tech-savvy infrastructure and public spaces. This conversation is meant to provide an overview of smart cities and some of the best practices that have contributed to a more inclusive society.

Note: This is a wheelchair-accessible location.