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LTU joins international conference on smart cities

Release Date: October 24, 2013
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Professor Patrizia Lombardi of Politecnico di Torino in Italy (third from left) welcomed the LTU delegation to a conference on smart cities, (from left) Julia Dutton Jude, Joy Sportel, Dustin Altshul, Associate Professor Constance Bodurow, and Leslie Wang.

In September, Associate Professor Constance Bodurow and four master’s degree candidates majoring in architecture, urban design and environmental graphics attended a week-long program at the Torino Summer School on Urban Studies for the Smart City at Politecnico di Torino (PoliTO) in Turin, Italy.

LTU’s partnership with PoliTO was initiated by Carolina Ferrero, mUD’12, and the Summer School participation was the result of a one-year collaboration. Lawrence Tech is one of six universities that have been named partners – the only one in the United States.

During the visit to Turin, the LTU master’s candidates were engaged in an immersive and rigorous academic experience along with 25 Ph.D. students from 17 countries to understand the concept of and techniques for the smart city of the future. The students generated sustainable design and policy proposals for the La Spina 2 district of Turin. An exhibit is planned on Dec. 4 to share the students’ work with the entire LTU community.

Bodurow delivered a lecture on the topic, Urban Design for Smart Cities.

“The program and the partnerships that support it present the students and faculty of LTU with a great opportunity, and I look forward to advancing this initiative in the coming years," said Associate Professor Scott Shall, chair of LTU’s Department of Architecture.