Blueprint Smart Energy Fall 2019 Smart City Class

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Created Date

November 30, 2019 - 12:30am


Contributed date

May 13, 2022 - 8:33am

Critical Commentary

In Fall Semester 2019 Sean Ferguson and Sharon Ku led a course for undergraduate engineering 4th year students combining:

  • a school mandated research project, 
  • Contemplative, mindfullness experiences
  • Community engagement with local neighbors in Charlottesville
  • Funded partnership with SmartCville
  • Global exchange of ideas for half the students with Tsinghua University engineering students
  • Introduction to STS, research methods, and writing a research paper
  • Introduction to community engagement via a one credit UNST course

These Blueprints were one of the final outputs where students were encouraged to document how they conceived what a "Smart Charlottesville" might look like. They proposed the original ideas, searched for information on the subject, conducted interviews and outreach with area experts and residents, and were given feedback by local leadership. The intention was to refine their understanding of socio-technical relationships and cultural variability of how cities and their people live so as to think deeper about urban and rural living before proposing technological solutions.


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Sean M. Ferguson, 30 November 2019, "Blueprint Smart Energy Fall 2019 Smart City Class", contributed by Sean M. Ferguson, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 13 May 2022, accessed 21 April 2024.