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Data-driven insights on urban water infrastructure is a workshop taking place at Smart Cities NYC´17.

**This workshop is eligible for AIA continuing education credit. Applications will be handed out at the workshop.

Once you register for Smart Cities NYC´17 conference and expo, you´ll receive a code in your confirmation email with which you can register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for the Smart Cities NYC '17.

This workshop will present an analytical framework for data-driven insights on urban water infrastructure. Based on research developed at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, participants will be introduced to a geospatial simulation tool for urban water systems, the use of drones for mapping infrastructure, and comparative sustainability analytics. The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to brainstorm similar applications in NYC and other cities. Priority will be given to discuss urban water challenges concerning the participants, and potential sustainable urban solutions. The goal is to introduce a framework that enables informed decision-making for stakeholders, including city officials, policymakers, real estate developers, and the general public.


Yannis Orfanos

Yannis Orfanos focuses on the intersection of cities, infrastructure, and computation. He is a researcher at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University, and the real estate & urban development curator at MIT Sloan's Sustainability Initiative. Before Harvard, Yannis worked in international practices in London, Barcelona, and Athens, and successfully delivered large-scale urban projects, such as the new DHA City Karachi for 600,000 people. He has co-authored publications, and his most recent contribution is in Planning Sustainable Cities: An Infrastructure-based Approach (ed. Spiro Pollalis), published by Routledge. Yannis is an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP).



Judith Rodriguez

Judith Rodríguez is Research Associate and Program Administrator at Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University. She researches sustainability and resilience in developing contexts and landscapes through mapping and benchmarking large-scale infrastructure in the transportation, sanitation, and energy sectors. Ms. Rodríguez holds dual Master's degrees from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and a Master in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) accredited by the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure, and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Cristina Contreras



Cristina Contreras is currently a Research Associate in the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University, where she oversees and coordinates the IDB Infrastructure 360º Awards in Latin America. Her work focuses on promoting sustainable practices in infrastructure projects on a global scale. Having been involved in sustainability for over a decade, before coming to Harvard, Ms. Contreras worked in large-scale construction projects. Ms Contreras is an accredited Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), she holds a Diploma in Technical Architecture and Building Engineering, both from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and a Master in Sustainability by Harvard University.


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