Smart Cities addresses a variety of topics from the perspective that smart and innovative solutions are required for the built environment. Implementing these solutions is challenging; life in a city is dynamic because of the numerous participants that are involved, all with different needs, interests, and expectations. Further challenges include the jumble of clear and unclear interaction of users, and the continuous developments in boundary conditions. Yet, on the other hand cities are quite static too, as it takes many years, many time-consuming administrative measures, and often judicial processes to implement a real reform. A process of 10 years from idea to implementation is rather the rule than the exception for urban changes.
Setup of the track
The honors program consists of lectures as well as team work regarding a self–chosen project in the context of one research topic of the Department of the Built Environment ('Sustainable Transformation', 'Smart Living Environments', or 'Sustainable Transformation'). We strongly believe that honors students are well equipped to define a self-chosen assignment on a specific topic.
Examples of topics
Topics related to Smart Cities offer many challenges that can be approached from different angles; and various scenarios for future urban development can be considered in this honors track. The following list offers some examples. This is just a very small selection, however, and many more examples can be considered.