Shaping Future Cities Symposium

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Art + Architecture Building (Commons)
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.,  Ann Arbor

Three UMSI faculty members, Tawanna Dillahunt, Lionel Robert, and Florian Schaub, will participate in this day-long symposium at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. "Shaping Future Citites" convenes leaders in practice and academia from across and beyond North America to assess the implications of change and describe compelling strategies for shaping future cities.

The new technologies and development practices that are transforming cities operationally, socially, and spatially create opportunities and challenges for architecture and planning. Disruptive private-sector innovations like ridesharing open up new options, but also new problems. Ubiquitous sensing raises questions about data privacy and ownership. Technology- enabled services are changing our experience of the city, yet exclude many and expand existing social divides.

What are the differences among competing smart city paradigms? How can architects and planners integrate emerging technologies in ways that promote equity and broaden civic agency?

To address these questions, we must transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries because the implications of technology are far reaching and interconnected—encompassing issues of sustainability, resilience, design, spatial experience, racial and social equity, and more. The strategies that public officials, built environment professionals, and the private sector use to improve urban life must not only integrate data and analysis, but also reconcile conflicting stakeholder positions, leverage innovations, and advocate for inclusion.

At the Shaping Future Cities Symposium, urban practitioners, designers, and developers draw on insights from leading-edge projects and interrogate competing methodologies to show how we can plan and design better cities.

Guest Speakers:
Allison Arieff, SPUR
Michael Bell, Columbia GSAPP
Walter Greason, Monmouth University
Toni L. Griffin, Harvard GSD
Vicente Guallart, IAAC Barcelona
Laura Forlano, IIT
Nigel Jacob, City of Boston
Brooks Patrick, Esri
Josh Sirefman, Sidewalk Labs
Bianca Wylie, Center for International Governance Innovation

University of Michigan Participants:
Tierra Bills (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Scott Campbell (Taubman College)
Tawanna Dillahunt (School of Information)
Rob Goodspeed (Taubman College)
SangHyun Lee (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Carol Menassa (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Josh Newell (School for Environment and Sustainability)
Marc Norman (Taubman College)
Lionel Robert (School of Information)
Florian Schaub (School of Information)
Geoff Thün (Taubman College)

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.RSVP here