Power of WITHOUT - October 1st - Elbphilharmonie

The CityScienceLab at the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) will host the next City Science Summit in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab on October 1st and 2nd, 2019. The summit will look towards future cities that are more livable and innovative in using novel technologies for urban decision-making, design, and operation. In addition to members of the City Science Network, we will welcome international mayors, established experts, high level CEOs and academics for conversations, talks and workshops.

This City Science Summit explores a future WITHOUT top-down and increasingly obsolete systems. 90% of 21st century urban growth is expected to happen in the vast shantytowns of informal settlements, or in cities with almost nonexistent or collapsing infrastructure . What if heavy infrastructure can be replaced WITH lightweight, distributed and ultimately autonomous systems? We will explore the possible convergence of two powerful forces:

1. Extreme Urbanization. By 2050, 68% of the population will be urban, which means that most of the global population growth, wealth creation, innovation, energy consumption, and CO2 generation will be concentrated in cities. How cities develop over the next twenty years will largely determine our ability to address the grand societal challenges of our era, from climate change to public health.

2. Ubiquitous Autonomous Systems. While “smart city” technology can be useful, it is mostly focused on the optimization of existing legacy systems. Emerging technology, however, promises to fundamentally transform nearly every aspect of how we live, work, learn, produce, move, and consume, and it requires not only technological improvements but also a huge change of the global mindset.

A diverse group of speakers and panelists will convene to discuss these new opportunities in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie followed by a day of workshops and conversations.

In addition, Lord Norman Foster, Gesa Ziemer and Kent Larson will discuss the “Power of WITHOUT” and how these ideas could improve the lives of the 3.5 billion humans projected to live in slums and informal settlements without access to conventional infrastructure.  A series of focused presentations and panel discussions will outline future possibilities for:

The City Science Summit will welcome guests from the City Science labs including guests from Ryerson University in Toronto, Tongji University in Shanghai, Taipei Tech, Aalto University in Helsinki, the University of Guadalajara, and ActuaTech in Andorra.

Learn more about the City Science Network here.