In 2018, I spent the fall in the city of love, studying Design for Smart Cities. The program was tailored for international students with background from design, architecture, engineering and urban planning.
In a class of 10, we represented 6 different nationalities. Being reminded that experience and culture make up our view of the world was one of the most valuable learnings from this semester. I believe that In order to design for future "smart" cities, we need to understand the social and cultural aspects of human society and be willing to work in multidisciplinary and versatile teams.