Is Big Data Changing Urban Theory?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA , Room 518

Cities and Technology Debate Series Spring 2018


Antoine Picon
Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard GSD Director of Research, Harvard GSD

Cesar A. Hidalgo
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Science, MIT Director, Collective Learning group, MIT Media Lab

Carlo Ratti
Professor of Urban Technologies and Planning, MIT Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab

Alan G. Wiig
Assistant Professor of Community Development, UMass Boston

Moderated by:
Andres Sevtsuk
Assistant Professor of Planning, Harvard GSD Director, City Form Lab

For the second half of this spring term, the Senseable City Lab is excited to offer 11.S949 Special Subject in Urban Studies & Planning: Technology and the Future City. Please join us Wednesday 07 March from 12:30-2pm for the first panel discussion on Big Data and Urban Theory at Harvard’s Gund 518.
Course Description:
11.S949 Technology and the Future City
Units: 6 (3-0-3)
Instructors: Carlo Ratti, Ricardo Alvarez
The Senseable City Lab will be hosting a class focused on discussing ongoing technological revolutions and their potential impacts for cities in the future. The class will work in combination with a parallel panel series hosted in collaboration with the City Form Lab from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where renowned scholars, technologists and practitioners from the fields of urban design, city development, data science, IoT and A.I. will discuss current and future technological trends that will affect our cities in the coming decades.

The debate series will have in-depth discussions on topics such as the ways in which big data can have an impact in shaping urban theory, how autonomous vehicles will affect urban form, the new forms of civic models in a data intensive world, the potential of IoT architectures in shaping new urban experiences and the role and human impact of A.I. technologies in our cities of tomorrow, as well as the new technologies that will drive future practices of urban design. Students will complement the debate through guided group discussions in the classroom, based on curated readings and written assignments.

For draft syllabus and course schedule, see the Stellar page.

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