Transforming Cities: Smart Cities and Technology

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Friday, March 27, 2020 - 17:00 to Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 13:00
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As Scheduled
Contact Person: 
Veronica Dristas
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Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70 of the
world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs
where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic
development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this
sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social
processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the
University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.
This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the influence of multinational corporations on
cities; the rise of privacy issues in relation to adoption of technology within cities and homes; the
replacement of human labor and access to employment; the role of technology on urban planning,
among others.
One-credit for PITT students / 3 units

UCIS Unit: 
European Studies Center
Global Studies Center
Non-University Sponsors: 
Carnegie Mellon University Office of the Provost for Education
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