Driving urban infrastructure modernization, improving citizen life by means of technology, sustainable innovation, wide band, Big Data… These are some of the subjects that will be discussed at the International Conference on City Sciences, that will take place at Santiago de Chile on the 16th and 17th of June.
All the students from year 2015/16 will attend the meeting, sponsored by Master in City Sciences, Chile Development University, Tongji University and Telefónica Chile (attendees must be registered in the City Sciences Web). Thus, the students will have the chance to meet renowned academics, professionals and experts from fields like City Sciences or Smart Cities, like Elkin Velásquez, ONU-Habitat Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean; José María Ezquiaga, dean of the Madrid Board of Architects; Luis Bettencourt, professor of complex urban systems at the Santa Fe Institute, or the brand new icon of Chilean architecture, Alejandro Aravena, latest Pritzker award on Architecture.
Last year’s edition was a complete success. It took place in Shanghai, one of the most dynamic cities in Asia and world technology center. One of the lecturers of that edition, Dr Xiangning Li, teacher at the School of Architecture and City Planning of Tongji University, will attend the event again this year in Santiago. Those interested in taking part in this edition must present their applications before the 30th of March. On that date the selected applications will be published. The projects will have to be fully developed during March, April and May until their final presentation at the conference.
Santiago de Chile is one of the most important cities in South America and has been recognised as the most intelligent city in Latin America by the magazine Fast Company. Moreover, its business park hosts the first prototype of smart city in Chile, known as Smartcity Santiago. A mix of the best from European and Latin American traditions, the city welcomes visitors with the spectacular view of Los Andes on the background. Santiago was also found as number one destination for travelers in 2011 by New York Times, thanks to its well-deserved reputation of clean, quiet city, with a high life quality. To visit it, there is nothing like taking a walk through its colorful suburbs and villas.