Building the Digital City
Friday, November 1, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
On November 1st, 2013, the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will sponsor Building the Digital City: Tech and the Transformation of New York – a daylong multi-disciplinary conference exploring the dramatic rise of the tech industry in New York and its growing impact on the planning, development, and urbanism of the city.
8:15 am Registration and Coffee/Refreshments
9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA
Holliday Professor of Real Estate Development, Columbia University GSAPP, Director of CURE., and Principal, SHoP Architects
9:20 am Keynote Address: Tech and the City: The Long View
James Sanders AIA
Principal, James Sanders + Associates and CURE. Senior Fellow
10:10 am Panel 1: The Rise of an Urban Digital Culture
This panel will introduce the day’s program by looking in broadest terms at the relationship between the physical city and the tech culture that has arisen within it. It will explore how the distinctive character of new tech-driven districts -- built around a complex mix of live/work uses, advanced data infrastructure, a rich layer of urban amenity, and a decided preference for older, smaller, more idiosyncratic structures over conventional modern office buildings -- has profound implications for the future of the city.
Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer, Google
David Hantman, Head of Global Policy, AirBnB
Rachel Sterne Haot, Chief Digital Officer of New York City
Kevin Ryan, Former CEO, DoubleClick; Founder, Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, and Mongo DB
Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future, and co-author, New Tech City
11:10 am Morning coffee break
11:20 am Panel 2: Accelerator: The New Urban Workplace
This panel will look at the transformation at the scale of the individual workplace through the emergence of new collaborative models – including “coworking,” “incubator” and “accelerator” spaces -- that are reshaping basic notions about the layout and structure of the urban office. It will explore both the spatial and the functional implication of these new workplace models, especially in their impact on building types and urban communities.
Eric Liftin, AIA, Principal, Mesh Architectures
Jennifer Magnolfi, AIA, Advanced R&D Consultant, Coworking Development for the Downtown Project, Las Vegas
Miguel McKelvey, Co-founder, WeWork
Andrea Steele, AIA, Partner, TEN Arquitectos
Greg LindsayJournalist (Fast Company) and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.
12:20 pm Lunch
A complimentary lunch will be provided for all conference registrants.
12:30 pm Lunch Discussion
A lunch conversation/panel on the physical growth of the city’s tech industry from the perspective of developers, owners and brokers.
1:15 pm Afternoon Welcome
1:30 pm Conversation
A conversation with Google’s Craig Neville-Manning about the physical and urban implications of the rise of the tech industry in New York.
Craig Nevill-Manning, Director of Engineering, Google
2:00 pm Panel 3: The Wired and Wireless City: Challenges and Opportunities
This panel will focus on the crucial significance of digital infrastructure to urban development in New York and other cities, as the essential foundation blocks for “building the digital city.” Starting from the understanding that data infrastructure has become as essential to modern urban life as electricity, gas, water, and sewer systems, the panel will look both at existing challenges in New York and other older cities and opportunities for the future in the fast-growing area of “smart development.”
Scott Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer and Partner, Control Group
Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President, Cisco
Andrew Rasiej, Chairperson, New York Tech Meetup
Tom Touchet, CEO and President, City 24/7
Andrew Blum, Journalist (Wired, Metropolis) and author of The Tubes: A Journey to the Heart of the Internet.
2:50 pm Afternoon coffee break
3:10 pm Presentation: Work in the Digital City: The Emerging Technology Workplace in New York
Andrew Laing, Global Practice Lead, AECOM, and Fellow, CURE.
3:40 pm Afternoon coffee break
3:50 pm Panel 4: The New Tech District and the Changing City
This panel will look at the emergence and significance of the new tech districts in New York and elsewhere, and discuss how and where existing tech industry growth in the city can be sustained and encouraged in the next decade. It will also explore the long-term implications for New York’s development – as new tech clusters in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens challenge the city’s historic “hub-and-spoke” orientation to its midtown central business district, in favor of a multi-centered urban network.
John Alschuler, Partner, HR&A Advisors
MaryAnne Gilmartin, President & CEO, Forest City Ratner Companies
Adam Neumann, Cofounder, WeWork
Jed Walentas, Managing Partner, Two Trees Management
Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA
4:50 pm Presentation
A New Tech Corridor for New York
An illustrated in-progress presentation of the research and visioning project associated with the conference, exploring the digital industry in New York and proposing new models for tech-driven development, applicable not only to New York but other global cities.
James Sanders, AIA
Raj Patel, Partner, Arup
5:10 pm Closing Remarks
Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA
5:20 - pm Cocktail Reception
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CURE. The Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University
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