Cities Without… 

City Science Summit 2019 at City Science Lab, HafenCity Universität Hamburg, in a cooperation with the MIT Media Lab

The CityScienceLab at the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU)hosts the 2019 City Science Summit. The two day international conference will look towards future cities that are more livable and innovative in using digital novel technologies for urban decision-making, design, and operation. In addition to members of the City Science Network, we will welcome established experts, high level CEOs and international academics for conversations, talks and workshops.

The Summit is taking place on October 1st and 2nd presenting two days of high profile keynotes, input presentations, sessions and interactive workshops that will focus on the current questions and future development of urban spaces and international metropolis. The title „Cities without …“ refers to a positive future, envisioning, for example, mobility without cars, governance without bureaucracy, economies without currency, learning without schools and access without ownership.

The opening keynotes will take place at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg where Lord Norman Foster (Architect) will discuss the Power of WITHOUT and how these ideas could improve the lives of people living in informal settlements without access to conventional infrastructure. Following their keynotes, they will join a conversation with Gesa Ziemer (City Science Lab Hamburg) and Kent Larson (MIT, City Science Group).

In the second part of the first day we will present a series of focused presentations, which will outline other major mathematical aspects of the Summit. Invited speakers are, for example, Maja Göpel (WBGU, UNESCO), Atefeh Riazi (United Nations Chief Information Technology Officer), Joëlle Pianzola (ETH Zürich/to be confirmed), Tilo Böhmann (Hamburg University), Michael Lin (MIT Media Lab), Michael Uwemedimo (Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform), Guadalupe Babio (MIT Media Lab), Don Ingber (Wyss Institute at Harvard Materials), Heba Allah Essam E. Khalil (Cairo University).

The conference continues on October 2nd with more than 25 workshops and sessions at the HafenCity University Hamburg, focusing on mobility, logistics, informal urban planing, participation tools and digital communication, Building Information Modeling, data visualization, Digital Twins, Agent Based Moddeling, ICT tools and current migration movements as well as the SDGs, the UN goals for a sustainable development.

The City Science Summit at Hamburg is an international Network meeting, not only for the City Science Network, including our partners from Boston, Quito, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Andorra, Helsinki, Cairo, Dubai, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing, but also for international academia, stakeholders and companies. Adding to that an additional track, centered around Researching the Digital City, will focus on young researchers.

The CityScienceLab at the HafenCity University HCU
The CityScienceLab investigates urban challenges in the era of digitalization in cooperation with partners from civil society, politics, academics, economy, and science. We pursue an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective by using novel technologies for urban decision making, design, and operation and by linking technical issues with social and cultural developments. To contribute to making future cities more livable and efficient, we develop digital city models on the basis of comprehensive urban data to help visualize and simulate complex urban development processes.

The City Science Group at the MIT Media Lab 
The MIT Media Lab is an an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, growing out of MIT’s Architecture Machine Group in the School of Architecture. Its research does not restrict to fixed academic disciplines, but draws from technology, media, science, art and design. The City Science research group proposes that new strategies must be found for creating the places where people live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them, in order to meet the profound challenges of the future.

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