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Symposium: Shaping Future Cities

November 9, 2018 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Symposium: 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.

This day-long symposium at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning 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.

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

In addition to expert contributors from the Taubman College and University of Michigan communities:
Maria Arquero de Alarcon, Taubman College
Tierra Bills, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Scott Campbell, Taubman College
McLain Clutter, Taubman College
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 Roberts, School of Information
Florian Schaub, School of Information
Geoff Thün, Taubman College

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you Register here. 


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Opening Remarks: Geoffrey Thun, Taubman College
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote: Josh Sirefman, Sidewalk Labs 
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Panel: Implementing Technology-Enabled Cities 
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch Break
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Lightning Talks: Emerging Research Perspectives from U-M Faculty
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM Panel: Projecting Possible Futures
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Closing: Jonathan Massey, Taubman College

This event is eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance hours. Click here for more information. 

The Shaping Future Cities Symposium is organized in partnership with the University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory, a research initiative that draws together faculty experts from across campus in smart city technologies and urban design to collaborate directly with city stakeholders to address targeted challenges that impact the livability of communities.


Header photo credit Stephanie Jung.


November 9, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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