How should existing cities, their systems and policies, be redesigned to address 21st Century challenges?
REDESIGNING CITIES: The Speedwell Foundation Talks @ Georgia Institute of Technology is a series of presentations + conversations between leading urbanists that address 21st Century urban challenges: social capital, equity, climate change, outdated infrastructure, disruptive technologies, and money. The series is hosted by Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor and director of the Master of Science in Urban Design degree in the Georgia Tech School of Architecture.
Six free live events will be held beginning December 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Historic Academy of Medicine (875 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30309) with valet parking available. The Historic Academy of Medicine is a short walk from the Midtown MARTA Station. There is also a (free) Tech Trolley stop at both the Midtown MARTA Station and directly in front of the Historic Academy of Medicine.
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Episode One on December 4th will kick off the discussion on disruptive technologies with two pioneers at the forefront of smart cities design and regulations. Jeff Tumlin and Harriet Tregoning will present and discuss the leading strategies and questions for redesigning cities with autonomous vehicles.
Live Event: December 4, 2018 from 6-8 PM, Academy of Medicine
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Episode Two will explore the redesign of outdated, suburban infrastructure and associated aging malls, office parks, and other auto-oriented property types. How are suburbs confronting the challenges of climate change, equity, social capital, and new modes of mobility?
June Williamson and Allison Arieff will present and discuss innovative case studies and the forces helping or hindering their implementation. June Williamson is Associate Professor of Architecture at The City College of New York. She is author of Designing Suburban Futures and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia as well as the forthcoming sequel. Allison Arieff is Executive Director of SPUR in San Francisco, Editorial Director of The Urbanist, contributing writer to The New York Times since 2006, and recipient of the 2018 American Institute of Graphic Arts Steven Heller Award for Cultural Commentary.
Live Event: January 9, 2019 from 6-8 PM, Historic Academy of Medicine
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Maurice Cox, Architect and Planning Commissioner of Detroit, and Mitchell Silver, Parks and Recreation Commissioner of New York City and former APA President will discuss redesigning parks as social infrastructure.
Live Event: January 30, 2019 from 6-8 PM, Historic Academy of Medicine
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Episode Four features Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar and author of Peers Inc. and Gabe Klein, author of Start-Up City and former Commissioner of Transportation for both Washington DC and Chicago. They will draw on their broad expertise to discuss both the role of cities in shaping entrepreneurial, collaborative economies and in being shaped by them. Robin Chase and Gabe Klein will be hosting a book signing prior to the event between 5:15 and 6:00 PM at the Academy of Medicine. Books will be available for purchase
Live Event: February 20
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Peter Calthorpe, author of Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, planner, and developer of Urban Footprint and Rob Kunzig, senior environment editor at National Geographic and author of Fixing Climate.
Live Event: March 27
Is gentrification without displacement possible? Joseph P. Riley, a civil rights leader and founder of the Mayors Institute on City Design will describe his efforts as Mayor of Charleston, SC for 40 years to answer this question in conversation with Jess Zimbabwe, architect and Director of the Rose Center for Public Leadership at the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute.
Live Event: April 24
REDESIGNING CITIES: The Speedwell Foundation Talks @ Georgia Tech is sponsored by Mike and Jenny Messner, the creators of the Speedwell Foundation, which is an organization focused on restoring and expanding public parks and green spaces in cities around the U.S.
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