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Smart Cities and Infrastructure - 3rd Panel Discussion
Session Description
Cities are becoming increasingly less affordable for residents, and the wealth gap between the social classes in urban communities is widening. Many designers are looking for more equitable and sustainable solutions to bridge this gap and develop more densely populated cities that have the well-distributed resources available for all communities. This panel seeks to reframe how the infrastructure of cities is more than investment in traditional structures such as bridges or sewer systems, but can be expanded to access to systems of food, transit, jobs, housing, education, healthcare, etc. This discussion will explore the framework of 15-Minute City and its opportunities and limitations in creating more connected, accessible, and sustainable communities for all.

Learning Objectives:
1. Investigate the concepts of the 15-Minute City and how it can be a framework for more equitable access to resources and sustainable infrastructure through resilient design and policies.
2. Identify the opportunities and limitations of the 15-Minute City and what roles urban designers, architects, engineers, and planners have in achieving desired outcomes.
3. Explore opportunities where technology can ensure greater connectivity and engagement within community development amongst residents and local organizations.
4. Analyze how technology and resilient infrastructure can lead towards upward mobility for all and resist community displacement.

Jul 14, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Cierra Higgins, AIA
Designer @Perkins + Will
Stacey Olsen, C.I.D., LEED Fellow
Director of Sustainable Design @Gensler
Christopher Pountney, PE
Associate Director, Climate & Sustainability @ARUP
Scott Archer, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Senior Associate @Beyer Blinder Belle