Urbanisation is a global trend. The number of people living in global cities is constantly growing – 3 million new inhabitants move to the cities every week. This seminar will tackle some of the challenges that arise: How to deal with rising rents? With urban mobility? With the immense need for new infrastructure networks for water, waste, energy and communications? How will data and algorithms transform relationships between citizens and their governments? What is the future role of urban planners and architects? How to give a voice to the urban poor? And, finally: what is the role of politics in all this?
Visiting Lecturer, MIT Center for Real Estate; Director, MIT CREATE; Instructor, MIT D-Lab; Associate, Build Up, Cambridge||
Advisor to the Secretary General ITF, OECD, Paris; Research Fellow, MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge||
Visiting Lecturer, MIT Center for Real Estate; Director, MIT CREATE; Instructor, MIT D-Lab; Associate, Build Up, Cambridge
| ||Kate Mytty is a teacher, urban planner and an artist. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at MIT Center for Real Estate. She co-founded MIT CREATE, a program in designX, the hub for innovation and entrepreneurship within the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, to advance research, practice and pedagogy around social impact, design and cities. At MIT D-Lab, she co-leads two courses: one, on strategies for shaping economies that encourage healthy communities and environments; the other equips students with a practical way to recognize the role of gender in economic development. As an Associate of Build Up, her efforts support peace building through arts and technology. Mytty is a member of Global Minimum’s Board of Advisors and sits on the MIT PKG Public Service Center’s Leadership Council member. Kate has a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University.|
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.|