City Design and Development / Urbanism / LCAU Fall 2022 Lecture Series

What Does Urban Science Have to Say About Urban Design?

As scientific and data-driven methods for spatial analysis have become increasingly rooted in urban planning research, this lecture series explores whether and how the emerging field of ‘urban science’ is also influencing urban design—the two- and three-dimensional configuration of built form, public spaces, land uses, people, and paths that connect them. (How) Are data and evidence being used to influence urban design plans or policy decisions? Are ‘urban science’ methods able to address the needs of urban designers and broad-based urban design processes? Is good urban analysis necessary for good urban design? We have invited a range of distinguished speakers, whose work intersects with both urban design and urban science, to help us explore these questions as part of DUSP's Fall 2022 City Design and Development, Architecture and Urbanism, and LCAU lecture series.

Monday, Sept. 12, 12.30-1.30PM

Violet Whitney

Senior Product Manager, Generative Design, Google. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP.

Title: Mitigating risk in pre-development using Delve.

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Monday, Sept. 19, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Meta Berghauser Pont

Associate professor in Urban Design and Planning and lead of the Spatial Morphology Group, University of Chalmers, Sweden.

Title: Pedestrian movement modeling for sustainable urban development.

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Monday, Sept. 26, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Ying Jin

Professor of Architecture and Urbanism. Director, The Martin Centre, University of Cambridge, UK.

Title: Why urban designers feel so constrained by their project brief, and what can liberate them: future options for cities in the UK

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Monday, Oct. 3, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Bruno Moser

Partner, Foster and Partners, London, UK.

Title: Planning for Tomorrow.

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Wednesday, Oct. 12, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Stephen Marshall

Professor of Urban Morphology and Urban Design. The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK.

Title:Urban science, pseudo-science and urban design.

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Monday, Oct. 17, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Shawn Rickenbacker

Director J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures, City University of New York.

Title: Policy Forensics & Quantifying What If

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Monday, Oct. 24, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Jan Gehl

Owner, Gehl Architects.

Title: The people dimension in city planning: what you count you care for.

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Monday, Oct. 31, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Arthur Jemison

Chief of Planning, Director of Boston Planning and Development Agency.


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Monday, Nov. 7, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Mike Batty

Bartlett Professor of Planning and Chairman, Center of Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, UK.

Title: Science in Urban Design: Pooling Opinions to Generate Optimal Spatial Plans

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Monday, Nov. 14, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Kathryn Firth 

Director, Masterplanning and Urban Design, Arup. London, UK.

Title: Qualifying Quantity - Quantifying Quality

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Monday, Nov. 21, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Paul Waddell

Founder and CEO, UrbanSIM Inc. Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, USA.

Title: Fusing Human and Artificial Intelligence to Power Better Urban Design and Planning.

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Monday, Nov. 28, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Ellen Dunham-Jones

Professor. School of Architecture, College of Design. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Title: Retrofitting Suburbia, Trends VS Data.

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Monday, Dec. 5, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Emily Talen

Professor of Urbanism. Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago. USA

Title: The Scale of Urbanism.

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Monday, Dec. 12, 12.30-1.30PM EST

Eve Blau

Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design, Harvard University, USA.

Title: Controlled Experiment: The Production of Socialist Space.

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