The American researcher focuses on mobility and urbanization, innovation systems and innovation strategy, science and technology parks and economic development. Townsend is currently the director of research and director of technology at the Institute for the Future.
The Italian architect, engineer and activist teaches at the MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is a founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati – Walter Nicolino and Carlo Ratti. „Wired“ named Ratti as one of the „50 people that will change the world“.
The American political theorist and author is best known for his bestselling books “Jihad vs. McWorld” and “If Mayors Ruled the World”. Barber was an outside adviser to former president Bill Clinton and is the founder and president of “CivWorld” – a network of international and interdisciplinary experts.
Foster is one of the most prolific architects of our day and age and a pioneer of sustainable architecture. In 1999, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize – the highest award in architecture. Foster has designed or restored buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin, the Hearst Tower in NYC, the „Gherkin“ in London or the Tower 2 of the new World Trade Center in NYC.
The American business magnate, politician and philanthropist served as the 108th Mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013. He is the founder and 88% owner of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial data and media company notable for its Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg is one of America’s leading philanthropists.
Building new, efficient and successful cities is the 21st century’s Space Race. There are no ready-made solutions for “smart cities”, but a lot to be learned from our past mistakes. Three easy steps for a smart urban future:
We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones will do. An account of human sensors and smart trash:
Sir Norman Foster is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. With Max Tholl, he discussed how architecture helps us communicate, where our fascination with bigness stems from, and why we need to do more with less.
As a former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg knows what challenges cities have to face today and how to respond to them. He told Max Tholl what states should learn from cities and how the mayor of even a small rural town could save the world.