Get to Know Rohinton Emmanuel, Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2018 Keynote

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Prof. Rohinton Emmanuel
Professor Rohinton Emmanuel is Professor in Sustainable Design and Construction in Glasgow Caledonian University and has over 20 years of University teaching experience in Sri Lanka, Sweden, USA and UK. As an Architect with urban design interests, Rohinton pioneered the inquiry of urban overheating in tropical cities and has taught and consulted on climate, energy and environment sensitive design, building and urban sustainability and its assessment, urban heat islands and energy efficiency.

 

In my opinion, ‘smart’ city is a responsive city; responsive to citizen needs for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable urban environments by enhancing the two-way communication in both the bottom-up and top-down modes.

How do you interpret (or describe) the concept of Smart City from your perspective?

"In my opinion, ‘smart’ city is a responsive city; responsive to citizen needs for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable urban environments by enhancing the two-way communication in both the bottom-up and top-down modes."

 

What habits you have in your everyday life that are especially “Smart”?

"Communicating local environmental conditions and problems to city authorities by way of ‘smart apps;’ the use of ‘smart apps’ to navigate cities that I visit, etc."

 

What aspects are missing from the discussion concerning smart city or smart region?

"Smart cities discourse is too focused on environmental aspects (Green infrastructure, energy performance, etc) and weak in facilitating the social issues affecting the quality of life urban dwellers.  Furthermore, it is not equitable in providing ‘smart’ access to all citizens; more tech-savvy and engaged citizens have greater connectivity than vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities."

 

How does your research support developing smarter solutions?

"Creating enhanced urban environments by evidence-based local micro-climate sensitive planning, where the ‘evidence’ comes from smart approaches to local air, and climatic environments."

 

How familiar are you with Lahti? Is there something special you wish to do in Lahti?

"Quite familiar, having visited the city many times.  A leisurely boat trip in the lake, especially in the long summer days and experiencing the city in the snow-covered depths of mid-winter are very special."

 

Would you like to share some funny story from your career?

"A more embarrassing than funny instance when seeking assistance for a student of mine from industry contacts, I had written some not-so-flattering remarks about the student which I accidentally forwarded to the student!  This taught me the lesson not to forward emails as a general rule!"

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