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K-State Today

June 1, 2017



APDesign students among American Planning Association's Smart City finalists

By Thom Jackson

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design's SMART Cats Team was one of five finalists in the American Planning Association's Smart Cities Student Competition. The team presented its ideas to the competition jury and audience members at the 2017 National Planning Conference on May 8 in New York City.

The interdisciplinary team applied place-based smart city technologies to a specific site in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

The team's proposal, "Beyond the Line," bridges public and private space through synchronous technology that makes the site and city more efficient and effective with sustainable services for all. The team envisions the site as a public gallery of why cities and their residents should embrace smart city technology. From access to multimodal transportation to LinkNYC connectivity stationed around the site, all those that take part in the site will benefit from the technology. 

Members of the team were Amber Berg, Rial Carver, Samantha Estabrook, Rachel Foss, Lesley Frohberg, Chris Kutz, Annapurna Singh, Regan Tokos, Mel Wilson, all regional and community planning students, and architecture student Jake Frazier, with assistance from landscape architecture student Tim Kellams. Blake Belanger and Huston Gibson, both associate professors of landscape architecture and regional & community planning were reviewers for the team.