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Retrofiting Suburbia
Retrofiting Suburbia

Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years’ big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead “big box” stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

How algorithms shape our world
How algorithms shape our world

Kevin Slavin argues that we’re living in a world designed for — and increasingly controlled by — algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can’t understand, with implications we can’t [...]

On dismantling urban highways in cities
On dismantling urban highways in cities

Diana Lind poses a challenge: let’s re-imagine the future of urban transportation and tear-down highways that cut through our cities. Lind’s talk discusses how forward-thinking cities have dismantled highway infrastructure — building vibrant public spaces in the face of car culture. In the case of the aging Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Lind asks planners to [...]

On networked cities in the digital age
On networked cities in the digital age

Jennifer Pahlka believes that the value of a city reaches far beyond its borders. The increase in open dialogue between local government and citizens has a positive global impact on everything from environmental awareness and economic equality (the Occupy movement) to open data and citizen access to technology. Cities have not only become better for [...]

Governance of a SmartCity
Governance of a SmartCity

Abha Joshi Ghani, gerente de la Unidad de Desarrollo Urbano del Banco Mundial, estuvo en Smart City Expo World Congress 2011 y habló de los 5 pilares para el gobierno de las ciudades: crecimiento económico, accesibilidad, sostenibilidad y habitabilidad.

The surprising math of cities and corporations
The surprising math of cities and corporations

Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for [...]

Raising the Bar: Building political capital to implement key design initiatives
Raising the Bar: Building political capital to implement key design initiatives

NACTO’s Designing Cities Conference, October 24-26, 2012, New York, NY Commissioners’ Panel – Raising the Bar: Building political capital to implement key design initiatives Sponsored by IBM Political support for sustainable transportation initiatives is a precursor to success. The combination of agency champions, political champions and savvy advocacy groups is coming of age across the [...]

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature
Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature

American architect Douglas Farr, author of the awardwinning book Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, gave the Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. Urban planner and President and CEO of Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, Doug Farr has earned his reputation [...]

Creating Public Spaces
Creating Public Spaces

Fred Kent, the founder and President of Project for Public Spaces, challenges elected officials, urban planners and civic-oriented citizens to design communities that create “a sense of place” in this speech sponsored by the Helen Edison Lecture Series at the University of California, San Diego. Series: Helen Edison Lecture Series

MAS Summit for New York City — 2011 Highlights
MAS Summit for New York City -- 2011 Highlights

Highlights from the 2011 MAS Summit for NYC, held at Frederick P. Rose, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Next Summit will be held October 18 and 19, 2012. http://mas.org/summitnyc2012 MAS Summit for New York City — 2011 Highlights from MAS on Vimeo.

Urban information design and the new materials of interaction
Urban information design and the new materials of interaction

Sami Niemelä is the creative director of Nordkapp, a Helsinki based group of experienced designers, strategists and technologists. Sami Niemelä at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.

Algorithmic Sustainable Design: The Future of Architectural Theory
Algorithmic Sustainable Design: The Future of Architectural Theory

Lecture 1. Recursion and the Fibonacci sequence. Universal scaling. Biophilia. N. Salingaros lecture 1 from 12 from arch4people on Vimeo. Lecture 2. Geometric Recursion and Fractals. The Sierpinski gasket. Perforation, bending, and folding. Anti-gravity anxiety. Architecture of the horizontal. N. Salingaros lecture 2 from 12 from arch4people on Vimeo. Lecture 3. Universal distribution of sizes. [...]

The City As A Social Platform
The City As A Social Platform

In her role as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, Rachel Sterne is tasked with strengthening the City’s digital media presence and streamlining internal digital communications. In her talk, Sterne demonstrated recent innovations that are shaping the city’s future. Mentioning how city resident participation is crucial with a real-time approach, attendees were [...]

The Naked City
The Naked City

Renowned sociologist Sharon Zukin will discuss her latest book, The Naked City: the death and life of authentic urban places, which explores the gentrification of cities. Sharon Zukin is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and City University Graduate Center.

Las Cosas no salieron como esperábamos (spanish)
Las Cosas no salieron como esperábamos (spanish)

Una conferencia de José Luis de Vicente en el 13 Festival Internacional ZEMOS98.

Cities for People
Cities for People

For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this revolutionary book, Cities for People, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He [...]

On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City
On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City

Adam Greenfield is the author of Speedbird and the founder and managing director of Urbanscale. You might also have read his book “Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing”. Adam Greenfield at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.

Talking back to your Intelligent City
Talking back to your Intelligent City

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, questions notions of comfort and “cityness” in the global city of New York. © 2011 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.