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The Adaptive Metropolis Symposium will convene a global community of thinkers and doers to discuss the future of collaborative city-making. We want to bring together citizens, designers, artists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, government officials and policy makers all the way from San Francisco to the Global South. While there will be substantial time for informal conversation, the symposium features two days of structured debate and keynote addresses by Steven Johnson, Alfredo Brillembourg, Gil Penalosa, and Lisa Gansky. The symposium concludes on the third day with an urban exploration, led by the Rebar group, through the city of San Francisco.
For more information – including a list of speakers and a detailed schedule of events – please visit the Adaptive Metropolis website: laep.ced.berkeley.edu/adaptivemetropolis/site/.
Executive Director of 8-80 Cities
Former Commissioner of Parks, Sport, and Recreation for the City of Bogota
Gil Penalosa is the Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit 8-80 Cities, an organization that works to create vibrant and healthy communities for those ages 8 to 80. His focus is on parks and streets and realizing their potential as great public spaces. As former Commissioner of Parks, Sport, and Recreation for the City of Bogota, Colombia, he created a Summer Festival for over three million people in the city’s best-known park. He also opened up a 121 km stretch of the city's streets every Sunday for one million people to walk, run, skate, and bike. These recreational programs are recognized as among the world's most successful and are emulated internationally.
Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland
Founding partner of Urban-Think Tank
Alfredo Brillembourg is the founding partner of Urban-Think Tank, an interdisciplinary design studio at the intersection of contemporary architecture and urbanism. His focus is on the education and development of a new generation of professionals – from civil engineers to communication specialists – who will transform cities in the 21st century. Brillembourg has taught at Columbia University and currently holds the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, ETH in Zurich.
Steven Berlin Johnson
Best-selling author of 8 books on the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience, including Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, and The Ghost Map
Steven Johnson is the leading light of today’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation. His writings have influenced everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. Steven was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future. He unites a deep understanding of scientific progress with a sharp sensitivity to contemporary online trends. Together, those traits give him an unmatched insight into how ideas emerge and spread and how they affect the world today.
CEO, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, an online photography service owned by Kodak Gallery
Author of The Mesh: Why The Future of Business is Sharing
Lisa Gansky is an author, entrepreneur and self-described “impact junky.” She is interested in breaking down traditional business models by bringing together not-so-likely characters in teams and partnerships. Her newest book, The Mesh, illuminates a number of companies – like Zipcar and Kickstarter – whose success depends on sharing – which, in turn, improves our communities and our planet. Gansky founded Ofoto, an online photography service owned by Kodak and was also the CEO of GNN, the first commercial website to be acquired by AOL in 1995.
Adaptive Metropolis is a proud part of UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning Centennial. As the department turns 100 in the fall of 2013, we plan a series of events to look forward to the next century of design and planning towards a more sustainable and socially equitable world.