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The University of Michigan Presents Symposium: Shaping Future Cities

Symposium: Shaping Future Cities Symposium: Shaping Future Cities
The new technologies and development practices that are transforming cities operationally, socially, and spatially create opportunities and challenges for architecture and planning. Disruptive private-sector innovations like ridesharing open up new options, but also new problems. Ubiquitous sensing raises questions about data privacy and ownership. Technology- enabled services are changing our experience of the city, yet exclude many and expand existing social divides.

This day-long symposium at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning convenes leaders in practice and academia from across and beyond North America to assess the implications of change and describe compelling strategies for shaping future cities.

What are the differences among competing smart city paradigms? How can architects and planners integrate emerging technologies in ways that promote equity and broaden civic agency?

To address these questions, we must transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries because the implications of technology are far reaching and interconnected—encompassing issues of sustainability, resilience, design, spatial experience, racial and social equity, and more. The strategies that public officials, built environment professionals, and the private sector use to improve urban life must not only integrate data and analysis, but also reconcile conflicting stakeholder positions, leverage innovations, and advocate for inclusion.

At the Shaping Future Cities Symposium, urban practitioners, designers, and developers draw on insights from leading-edge projects and interrogate competing methodologies to show how we can plan and design better cities.
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When and Where

Map Art and Architecture Building - A. Alfred Taubman Wing Commons

November 2018

9:00am - 4:00pm

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