Future of Technology Speakers Discuss Smart Surfaces, Empowerment, Nature, Digital Publics at Conference Sept. 24-25

The Future of Technology Conference at University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, September 24-25, featured critics, practitioners and academics presenting how technology empowers, inspires and adapts. The presentations and panel discussions by the international roster of speakers were free and open to the public.

Future of Technology is the 3rd conference in series of events (previous conferences being Future of Design, Fall 2009, and Future of Urbanism, Winter 2010) that brought together international experts to provide insight and debate on initiatives past, present and future.

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Welcome remarks were made by Dean Monica Ponce de Leon. Conference moderators included Taubman College architecture and urban planning faculty Karl Daubmann; Joe Grengs; Steven Mankouche; John Marshall; Malcolm McCullough; Kathy Velikov; and Glenn Wilcox.

Future of Technology Speakers

  • Michelle Addington
    Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture
  • Michael Batty
    Director, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis; Professor of Planning, The Bartlett, University College of London
  • Keith Besserud
    AIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Julian Bleecker
    Co-founder, Near Future Laboratory; Designer, Technologist, Researcher, Design Strategic Projects Studio, Nokia Design, Los Angeles
  • Andrew Borgart
    Researcher, Delft University of Technology
  • Leah Buechley
    Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Sciences; Director, High-Low Tech Research Group, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mark Burry
    Professor of Innovation, Director, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Executive Architect, Researcher, Temple Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Michael Cadwell
    Professor and Architecture Section Head, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • Hernan Diaz Alonso
    Founder and Principal, Xefirotarch; Graduate Thesis Coordinator and Distinguished Faculty Member, Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Evan Douglis
    Dean, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Principal, Evan Douglis Studio
  • Anna Dyson
    Program Director, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Director, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (C.A.S.E.)
  • Marc Fornes
    Principal, THEVERYMANY™
  • Usman Haque
    Founder, Pachube; Director, Haque Design + Research Ltd; CEO, Connected Environments Ltd.
  • Walter Hood
    Principal, Hood Design; Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley
  • Natalie Jeremijenko
    Associate Professor of Visual Art, Steinhardt School, New York University
  • Sheila Kennedy
    Principal, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
  • Axel Kilian
    Assistant Professor, Princeton University School of Architecture
  • Sean Lally
    Founder, WEATHERS; Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Linda Loudermilk
    Founder, Linda Loudermilk and luxury eco™
  • Jeffrey MacKie-Mason
    Dean, School of Information, University of Michigan
  • Liat Margolis
    Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
  • Vernon Mays
    Senior writer, Gensler; Editor-at-large, Architect Magazine
  • Robert Middlebrooks
    Industry Strategy and Relations Manager for AEC Solutions, Autodesk, Inc.
  • Heather Roberge
    Director, Undergraduate Program of Architectural Studies, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles; Principal, murmur
  • Ashley Schafer
    Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University; Editor and Co-founder, Praxis
  • Craig Scott
    Principal, IwamotoScott Architecture; Associate Professor of Architecture, California College of the Arts
  • Eric Sheppard
    Regents Professor of Geography; Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota
  • Bruce Sterling
    American Science Fiction Author; Professor of Internet Studies and Science Fiction at the European Graduate School
  • Amos Winter
    Director, Mobility Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology