WIEE SHANGHAI EXPO
Lead: Rodolphe el-Khoury, Zhengrong Hu
Team: Veruska Vasconez
The World Innovation & Entrepreneurship EXPO (WIEE) is founded on the concept of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The inaugural WIEE lasts for a period of one year. WIEE 2018 follows the principle of openness and innovation with a commitment to “Common understanding, common innovating, and common sharing.” The Expo unites over 100 cities, colleges, enterprises and organizations from home and abroad. This ambitious program aimed to create an internationally attractive platform to influence innovation and entrepreneurship.
University of Miami, as one of the 111 founding members of WIEE, participated the WIEE Opening and conducted an exhibition which dedicated to depicting the of future of cities. The UM exhibition showcases projects by the School of Architecture’s RAD-UM—a lab dedicated to embedded technology—and the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) at the University of Miami, exploring the convergence of emerging technology and city-making. The center-piece is a masterplan for Zenciti, a smart city in Mexico’s Yucatan province designed form the ground-up as a tech-startup hub that capitalizes on innovation in the adjacent to the Yucatan Science and Technology Park. Projects range from computer-controlled building envelopes with integrated bio-reactors that condition the building’s atmosphere and remediate gray water to drone-guided parasols that provide personalized shading and advertisement for smart public spaces. These elements of a smart city are examples of the collaborative efforts by RAD’s designers and CCS’s computer scientists/data analysts. They are prototypes for a world where objects, building and people digitally converse and interact in a more sustainable and responsive built environment.