Luis Alberto Alonso Pastor, Research Scientist
Tuesdays 12:30 to 3:30pm
E15-341 unless otherwise noted
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By 2050, 3.5 billion people may live in informal settlements without access to conventional infrastructure and buildings. Students will be on a mission to create new concepts for lightweight, distributed, and scalable systems that could be deployable within 10 to 20 years, including:
The workshop will focus on the informal settlement of Lomas del Centinela in Guadalajara, Mexico. Subject to sufficient funding, students may elect to travel to Guadalajara for a spring break charrette with the University of Guadalajara and residents of the community.
Settlements Without is open to dedicated students who commit to active attendance, the necessary independent research and personally doing something substantive to transform the world for the better. The class looks into a diverse group of people with a background in biomedical engineering, genetically modified organisms, new technologies, design, engineering, new materials, economics, architecture, and/or social issues.
Guest speakers include researchers and entrepreneurs from academia and industry. Speakers will give one hour lecture every even week. They will present material intended to inform the development of student projects and to inspire new ideas.