Click here for more information In a remarkable display of innovation and research, the "BIOCALIBRATED: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR BIODESIGN PRACTICES SYMPOSIUM" at Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London, has been a hub of groundbreaking ideas and discussions. The two-day event, running from November 30th to December 1st, 2023, brought together leading minds in the field of biodesign. One of the highlights of the symposium was a research presentation on "SynBio-calibrated Carbon-Positive-Building Infra-Design Research". This insightful session offered a deep dive into the potential of biodesign in transforming our infrastructure in environmentally positive ways. The symposium also featured a stimulating panel discussion in Session 7, titled "REGENERATIVE SYSTEMS AND CIRCULAR MATERIALITY". This session was moderated by Alice Taylor, a renowned Lecturer in Biology and Living Systems. The panel included illustrious speakers like Pragati Vasant from IAAC, Ricardo Luque, Marcos Cruz, Sherru Aine, and Lola Ben-Alon from Columbia GSAPP. Their collective expertise in various facets of biodesign provided a comprehensive view of the potential of regenerative systems and circular materiality in contemporary design practices. In addition to these academic discussions, the symposium also showcased graduate projects from the FIU Design Studio, highlighting the practical applications of the [...]

December 8th, 2023|Categories: Biodesign, Carbon Neutral, DesignInnovation|

Research Workshop at Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), Keio University, Tokyo, Japan (Designed by Fumihiko Maki) in November 2023

Click here for more information In a recent research workshop event hosted at the architecturally striking Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) of Keio University, Principal Prof. Spiegelhalter had the privilege of engaging with brilliant Ph.D. and graduate students, guided by Professor Wanglin Yan. Professor Yan serves as the Director of the Research Center for Climate Change Adaptation within Keio University's Faculty of Environmental Information Studies and is also at the helm of the EcoGIS Lab, a hub of innovation. During this event, in Spiegelhalter’s  capacity as a Global Visiting Professor at Keio Universitaet, he had the opportunity to share insights from my extensive three-decade journey. The focus of my presentation was "Envisioning Carbon-Positive Masterplans: Green-Blue Infrastructures and Adaptive Building Scenarios from 2018-2100," with a specific emphasis on regions spanning Europe, Africa, and the United States. In addition to his presentation, Spiegelhalter’s esteemed colleague, Takeru Shibayama from TU Vienna (Austria), brought forth valuable insights into "Goal-oriented Mobility Planning for Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUMP)," enriching our discussions with a broad spectrum of research projects. A highlight of the day was delving into Shun Nakayama's impressive thesis, which revolves around an AI-ML-assisted interactive online Food-Water-Energy Nexus (FEW) app and platform designed for a [...]

November 24th, 2023|Categories: Carbon Neutral, Climate, Energy, Food, Technology, Water|

FIU Researchers to Present at International Smart City Expo Miami Panel 2023

Click here for more informationThe International Smart City Expo Miami 2023 will feature a collective presentation by FIU researchers, focusing on the 'Net Zero Impact Panel' theme. Scheduled for September 18-20, 2023, the event will include prominent FIU figures such as Ebru Ozer, Biayna Bogosian, Marilys Nepomechie, Elisa Silva, and Sara Pezeshk. This gathering is set to host a wide array of experts from around the world, with representatives from countries including Israel, Germany, Ukraine, Australia, Spain, and more, providing a diverse and comprehensive insight into global smart city initiatives.

November 12th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Smart City Expo Miami Opens with Influential Panel Discussion: SCEM23

Click here for more information The first day of the Smart City Expo Miami (SCEM23) featured a notable panel discussion, moderated by Marilys Nepomechie and including Sara Pezeshk, Biayna Bogosian, and Thomas Spiegelhalter. The event, captured by photographer Tere Garcia, brought together global leaders in sustainable community development. The expo, organized by Bernardo Scheinkman, Architect, Urban Planner, and CEO at Smart Cities Americas, is a significant gathering for those at the forefront of smart city innovation and sustainable urban planning.

November 12th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

FIU Miami Research Design Studios Showcase at Venice 2023 Architecture Biennial

Click here for more information The 'Time-Space-Existence' exhibition at the Venice 2023 Architecture Biennial, held at ECC Palazzo Bembo, features a unique display by the FIU Miami Research Design Studios. The exhibition, which runs from May 20 to November 26, 2023, highlights the innovative 'Generative AI-Bio Blue-Green-Structures 2023-2100' project. This display is the culmination of work by graduate, master's, and doctoral students from FIU, along with their multidisciplinary research team, spanning from Fall 2018 to Fall 2023. The project, which includes experimental design scenarios, videos, and a diverse array of research materials, showcases the contributions of over 140 FIU students and researchers. The exhibit and its accompanying publication focus on visionary future planning scenarios for Miami's vulnerable islands, employing generative AI-ML-assisted design workflows and projections extending to 2100 and beyond. The research has been supported by grants from the EU BELMONT program, the Intelligent Europe initiative, and the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

November 12th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Team Celebrates Win at African Property Awards for Sustainable Development in Rwanda 2023-2024

Click here for more information The 'African Property Awards for Sustainable Residential and Commercial Development for Rwanda 2023-2024' has honored a collaborative team for their work on the Vision City Phase 2 project. This carbon-neutral Master Plan covers a 42-hectare area, incorporating AI-ML-data-driven design and computer modeling to develop solar-powered residential units and mixed-use spaces. Key collaborations included Datumzero Design Office led by PI Guillermo Garita (spanning New York City, San Jose/CR, and Kigali), CND LCC Thomas Spiegelhalter and Associates (Miami-Berlin), CIEM (Alan Ocampo Guth) based in San Jose, Costa Rica, BA Ingeniería, and PPAR (Jose Vargas Hidalgo & Dana Víquez Azofeifa). The team is now preparing for future projects and seeking approval for the Solar Feed-In-Tariffs, marking a new chapter in sustainable space creation.

November 12th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|
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