SmartWorlds: Urban Eco-Systems How Data Can Shape Our Urban Systems

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • BuiltWorlds, 1130 W Monroe St, Second Floor, Chicago, IL 60607


USGBC-Illinois is partnering with BuiltWorlds to present SmartWorlds: Urban Eco-Systems How Data Can Shape Our Urban Systems panel.  If global cities are to handle the population explosion already ongoing, they will need to find a way to invert the 20th century phrase "concrete jungle". In other words, if these unnatural habitats and centers of commerce are to survive, thrive, and properly serve their citizenry, then they will need a lot more jungle, and a lot less concrete. 

And that need seems to grow every day. Already, 20 global metropolises have populations greater than New York City. More are coming, too, especially in Asia. So, in a world with finite natural resources, unevenly distributed geographically and so often used inefficiently, how can these densely packed organisms grow sustainably? Or more likely, is that the only way they can survive?

Such are the questions that will propel this special event, which is part of the SmartWorlds series of Future of Cities Conversations.

Click here to learn more and to register for this event.

Panelists:

  • Paul Doherty, Founder AEC Hackathon, President/CEO, the Digit Group
  • Peter Ellis, FAIA, Founder, Peter Ellis New Cities
  • John Tolva, President, PositivEnergy Practice
  • Susan Heinking, AIA, LEED AP O+M Director of High Performance and Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction

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