Save Tuba (aka Urban Design and Smart Cities in Almaty)

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Faculty Mentor:
Khanjan Mehta, Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative
Students on the team this summer:
Ugochi Amadi ‘23, IDEAS* (Civil Engineering and Global Studies)
Tommy Persaud ’21, Computer Science & Engineering
Iman Faris ’22, International Relations & Economics
Sameer Merchant ’22, Computer Science & Engineering
Em Thampoe ’21, Journalism & Communication
Project Description:
Smart city project innovations are being introduced throughout Kazakhstan, particularly in the
country’s largest city, Almaty. These innovations are happening in the areas of health care, education,
and safety/security, among many others. As Almaty continues to grow and develop into a major world
capital, the need for it to be on the leading edge of the “smart cities” movement will only increase.
This project will work with community organizations and leading universities in Kazakhstan, as well
as students from Lingnan University in Hong Kong, to design and develop the next generation of
smart city urban design innovations, and find ways to work with governmental and NGO entities to
implement those solutions into the Kazakh capital.
Month/Year Project Began: January 2020