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Urban data and public space

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Debate
in englischer Sprache

Will robots plan, build and run our cities? What is the role of the citizen, the architect and the mayor vis-a-vis radical new technologies that will change the way we live, build and rule cities? Or is the impact of technology overrated? Will conflict or collaboration with technology shape our urban futures?

Chief Executive Officer, wien 3420 aspern development AG, Vienna Welcome
Deputy Director for Planning, Policy, Mobility and Right-of-way, Department of Transportation, City of Seattle, WA
Writer, United States of America and United Kingdom
Advisor to the Secretary General ITF, OECD, Paris; Research Fellow, MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge Chair

Dr. Gerhard SCHUSTER

Chief Executive Officer, wien 3420 aspern development AG, Vienna

1983-1985 Labour and Welfare Law Advisor, Lower Austrian Chamber of Labour
1985-1995 Head of Department Consumer Protection, Federal Ministry of Environment Protection
1995-2012 Housing Finance Expert and Managing Director of S-Wohnbauträger, ERSTE Bank
1996-2013 Chief Executive Officer, BUWOG - Bauen und Wohnen GmbH
since 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG, Vienna

Benjamin DE LA PENA

Deputy Director for Planning, Policy, Mobility and Right-of-way, Department of Transportation, City of Seattle, WA

2004 MA, Urban Planning, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2008-2013 Associate Director for Urban Development, Rockefeller Foundation, New York
2013-2016 Director of Community and National Strategy, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL
since 2017 Deputy Director for Planning, Policy, Mobility and Right-of-way, Department of Transportation, City of Seattle, WA

Adam GREENFIELD

Writer, United States of America and United Kingdom

1990-1991 Medic, Berkeley Free Clinic, Berkeley, CA
1993-1994 Editor, neo Magazine, Seattle, WA
1995-2000 Psychological operations specialist, 7 PSYOP Gp, US Army Special Operations Command, various locations
2001 Senior information architect, Dentsu/marchFIRST, Tokyo
2002-2003 Lead information architect, Razorfish, Tokyo
2008-2010 Head of design direction for service and user interface design, Nokia, Espoo
since 2010 Founder and managing director, Urbanscale, New York City, NY
2013-2014 Senior urban fellow, LSE Cities, London School of Economics
since 2014 Instructor, The Bartlett, University College London; Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University

Dipl.-Ing. M.Sc. Katja SCHECHTNER

Advisor to the Secretary General ITF, OECD, Paris; Research Fellow, MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge

 Katja Schechtner is an urban scientist who holds a dual appointment between OECD and MIT to develop new technologies and shape innovative policies to keep cities on the move. Previously she worked at the Asian Development Bank implementing transport technology projects across Asia; formulated smart public space strategies for the Inter-American Development Bank in Costa Rica and Argentina; advised the EU Commission on Smart City programs and headed the applied research lab for Dynamic Transportation Systems at the Austrian Institute of Technology. Katja has published widely, both in scientific journals and the popular press in the US, Asia and Europe, including two books "Accountability Technologies - Tools for Asking Hard Questions" and "Inscribing a Square - Urban Data as Public Space", (Birkhaeuser, 2012 and 2014 with Dietmar Offenhuber). She is an advisor to start-ups in the urban, mobility and crypto industries. Her work has been exhibited globally at venues such as the Venice Biennale (2012 and 2016), MAK and ars electronica. She also holds a Visiting Professorship at Technical University Vienna and curates urban tech exhibitions across the globe. Most recently her project to design and implement contemporary e-trikes in Nepal and Laos was awarded in the Fast Company World Changing Ideas 2018 series and she will exhibit her work on Manila’s urban slum lighting at the Seoul Biennale in fall 2019.

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