Lead: Rodolphe el-Khoury
Team: Robert Levit, Carie Penabad, Adibe Cure, Christopher Mader, Joel Zysman, Mark Troen, Juhong Park, Wangda Zuo, Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, Veruska Vasconez, Chris Chung, Nashid Nabian, Zhao Pei.
Located in Yucatan, Mexico, Zenciti’s public spaces, institutions, and businesses are designed as hybrid environment that bridget between physical space - a public garden, a classroom, or a conference room and the vast network of services and activities online. Zenciti’s hybrid environments do more than provide high-speed internet access-a ubiquitous municipal service in Zenciti. They integrate the Internet of Things, Pervasive Computing, Augmented Reality, and Telepresence to bring web-based content and activities to people and places in tangible, interactive, and impactful ways.

Public infrastructure, spaces and amenities are by definition standardized for universal consistent use. Not in Zenciti where digital technology allows for individuated customization. In Zenciti, residents can configure the city to meet their individual needs with Z-Book: a digital platform featuring apps and interfaces that enables control over a variety of settings ranging from authorization for access to different neighborhoods and facilities, to preferences defining the shopping experience, and priorities in the use of public transportation.

In Zenciti infrastructure and services constitute a system that yields great benefits from the hyper-connectedness of its constitutent parts, much like how nature derives its efficiency and resilience for the densely woven networks of its ecosystem; they come alive in a neural network of live feeds, correlating data with other systems such as weather and security, and provide critical information for maintenance, safety, and wellbeing.

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