New Songdo City and Meixi Lake



Sentient City Case Studies
James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox

Relina Bulchandani, Cisco Systems
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway

Presented in conjunction with the 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, will discuss the major challenges of planning for the “ubiquitous city,” or u-city.

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.

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Toward the Sentient City was made possible with support from the J. Clawson Mills Fund of the Architectural League and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Additional support was provided by the University at Buffalo.

Toward the Sentient City is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Image: New Songdo City, Kohn Pedersen Fox.