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Fri 10.05.2012

City Science: New Urban Mobility Systems for a Post-Oil World

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM FRIDAY, ARCHTOBER 5

Where: At The Center   

Ryan Chin, PhD – Managing Director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab

David Fields, AICP, Principal - NelsonNygaard
Sandy Hornick, Consultant for Strategic Planning to the Department of City Planning
Bruce Schaller, Deputy Commissioner for Traffic & Planning at the New York City Department of Transportation

Cities matter. Over the next 15 years, cities will account for 90% of population growth, 80% of global wealth creation, and 66% of global energy consumption. Existing approaches to city design have led to increasing congestion, pollution, waste of energy, and decreasing quality of urban life. The mission of a new MIT Media Lab initiative, City Science, is to develop evidenced-based, scalable strategies to achieve non-incremental improvements in the creativity, vibrancy, and efficiency of urban living – with a focus on new cities in rapidly developing areas. Three urban innovations will be discussed:

Compact Urban Cells: human-scale, diverse, walkable neighborhoods where most of what people need in their daily lives within a 15 minute walk – similar in scale to those than can be found in many of the older cities throughout the world, such as Paris, that evolved prior to the private automobile. Concepts for a new EcoCity in China will be presented.

Mobility-on-Demand: an ecosystem of shared-use vehicles, available when and where needed, that provides and alternative to private automobiles that is more affordable, convenient, fun, and healthy. The CityCar and Persuasive Electronic Vehicle projects will be presented.

Space-on-Demand: agile places of living and working that respond to distributed and mobile work, with an emphasis on multi-use transformable architecture that efficiently accommodates a wide range of activities. The CityHome project will be presented.

Free for Members
$10 for Non-Members

Organized by the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Co-Sponsored by the AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee

A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012. 



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