James von Klemperer and Relina Bulchandani


Sentient City Case Studies: New Songdo City and Meixi Lake
James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Relina Bulchandani, Cisco Systems

Introduction: Rosalie Genevro
Recorded: October 7, 2009
Running time: 62:06

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Presented as part of the public program series organized in conjunction with the Architectural League’s fall 2009 exhibition Toward the Sentient City.

Working in collaboration with Cisco Systems, Kohn Pedersen Fox is currently master-planning two new cities — New Songdo City, South Korea and Meixi Lake, Hunan Province, China — in which all information systems — residential, medical, business — will be linked. Organized around eight “tracks,” the systems will be designed to provide smart and connected solutions for real estate, safety and security, transportation, utilities, government, education, health care, and sports. James von Klemperer, design principal, and Relina Bulchandani, Director, Connected Real Estate Practice, discuss the major challenges of planning for the “ubiquitous city,” or u-city.

BIO
James von Klemperer has been responsible for the design of major commissions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His recent and current projects include the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, Nicosia, Cyprus; Plaza 66, Shanghai; ZhongGuanCun West, Beijing; the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, New York City; the Institute for International Economics, Washington D.C.; 640 Fifth Avenue, New York City; and the Mohegan Sun Resort hotel, casino, and arena in northern Connecticut. He received a Bachelor of Art from Harvard University, Master of Architecture from Trinity College, Cambridge, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

Relina Bulchandani is a director in the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group Connected Real Estate Practice. She focuses on real estate solutions, technologies, and systems for the real estate sector, helping companies transform the user experience, streamline design/build processes, and create enivronmental sustainability. Prior to joining Cisco, she was senior vice president of strategic projects at Forest City Enterprises. She holds an MSE in technology managment from the Wharton School and the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.