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Shaping Smart Cities: Where From? Where To? What's Missing?

Shaping Smart Cities: Where From? Where To? What's Missing?

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center
General Public 

As participants in the process of urbanization, we live our lives within and through three intersectional systems:

Human Social Systems: as human connectivity grows in intensity almost hourly, and simultaneously our weak ties are being constantly strained due to the shifting city below us, how can we ensure that our cities remain human-centered?

Urban Data Systems: as we grow our capacity to generate, collect, and analyze urban data, how can we keep this information legible, accessible, and utilitarian, serving those from whom we collect it?

Infrastructural Systems: often the concrete life support systems of our urban society, infrastructure protects life and maintains the value of the lives of citizens everywhere. Whether by moving resources like water, waste, and people, how can we ensure that there will always be an economic, political, and societal will to sustain the circulatory systems of our cities?

Each of these systems demands our time through participation, financial commitment, and ethical consideration; each is worthy of our attention, engagement, and generative conversation; all of them are realized across a multitude of scales and dimensions, capable of working together to make our lived experience in cities better or worse. 

Toward a realization of a better, "smarter" city, the School of Design Strategies, Deloitte Advisory LLP, CH2M, and Meeting of the Minds present this first of many conversations on the role of data and the "smart" city from the intersecting perspectives of three sectors, the public, the private, and the intermediary, each actively engaged and committed to speaking cross-sector to one another searching for the "smarter" city.

A reception will follow this event in the main lobby of the University Center.


Jospeh Danko: CH2M HILL’s Managing Director of Urban Programs, and brings more than 25 years of experience to his role. He oversees urban development programs and strategic master planning for cities and communities around the world.

Kate Thompson: is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She has over 25 years of experience leading large, multinational organizations and complex international development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Kate currently leads a portfolio of donor-funded technical assistance projects with national and sub-national governments to strengthen their capacity for effective governance through the implementation of sound economic policy; public financial management; urban and peri-urban planning; service delivery; infrastructure and competitiveness. Kate is an expert in fragile states with a sound working knowledge of how broad-based multi-disciplinary assistance programs can be designed and implemented to achieve tangible results under even the most challenging circumstances. Her successful leadership of the some of the largest and most complex technical assistance programs in the field is predicated on her understanding of how to align incentives and form partnerships and shared benefits at the nexus of government, the private sector and civil society in order to achieve sustainable results. 

Katherine Moriwaki: is an Assistant Professor of Media Design in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. As faculty at Parsons Katherine's focus is on interaction design and artistic practice. She teaches core curriculum classes in the M.F.A. Design + Technology Program where students engage a broad range of creative methodologies to realize new possibilities in interactive media. Katherine is also currently completing a Ph.D. in the Networks and Telecommunications Research Group at Trinity College Dublin, which examines the intersection between fashion, technology, and creative practice.


Gordon Feller: Co-founder/Convenor of Meeting of the Minds, an annual leadership summit organized since 2007 by Urban Age Institute (UAI). Feller was for more than five years Director at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley. He served in an executive capacity within the company’s programs focused on cities. He now serves as a consultant at Cisco’s global headquarters in Silicon Valley.

William Morrish: architect, urban designer and Professor of Urban Ecologies at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Collaborating with a network of interdisciplinary city actors, he has been leading an effort to revaluate urban policy and design practices in order to construct the next generation of infrastructure that he calls “urbanizing ecologies”.  

Sponsored by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, in partnership with Meeting of the Minds, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and CH2M.


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