Cities and Technology Debates

The City Form Lab and the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD are co-hosting the Cities and Technology Debate series. The Spring 2018 debates will include:

"Is big data changing urban theory?"

Wednesday, March 7th from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm in Room 518, Gund Hall (48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA).

Antoine Picon
G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Director of Research, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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

Carlo Ratti
Professor of Urban Technologies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab.

Alan G. Wiig
Assistant Professor of Community Development, University of Massachusetts Boston.

The panel will be moderated by Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor of Planning and Director of City Form Lab.

"Will shared, electric and automated vehicles deteriorate or ameliorate pedestrian qualities of streets?"

Thursday, March 22nd from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall (48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA).

Panel speakers:

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
President, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

Robin Chase
Co-founder and former CEO, Zipcar
Founder and former CEO, Buzzcar

Chris Osgood
Chief of the Streets, Transportation, and Sanitation
City of Boston.

Diane Davis
Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism
Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard GSD


The Cities and Technology debate series is produced in collaboration between the Department of Urban Planning and Design and the City Form Lab. The series invites speakers at the nexus of city design and technology to discuss products, tools and technologies that are impacting cities. It offers an opportunity for the GSD and broader urban design and policy community in Boston to engage with the forces that technology is producing for urban planning and design and have faculty, public sector regulators and technology firm representatives debate, discuss and desirably improve city design and city life.