February 18, 2014 | permalink
As noted previously, I had the pleasure of both working and presenting with Roger Sherman on his “Ronkonkoma Parks and Rides” concept for the Build a Better ‘Burb: Parking Plus competition. Video of our join presentation at Adelphi University last month is above (I don’t make an appearance until the 12:30 mark).
February 02, 2014 | permalink
Last week, the World Policy Institute and I hosted my NYU Rudin colleague Anthony Townsend to speak about his book “Smart Cities.” The ensuing conversation touched on the history and present understanding of smart cities, as well as Townsend’s “civic principles” checklist for successful metropolitan areas. The video of our conversation is embedded above.
January 19, 2014 | permalink
When my friend and colleague Roger Sherman asked me to join his team for the second “Build a Better ‘Burb” competition, subtitled “Parking Plus,” I didn’t know it would entail writing an entire newspaper set in 2031. And yet that’s exactly what I did for our entry, “Ronkonkoma Parks and Rides,” which imagines a parking lot twice the size of the Empire State Building’s footprint if you laid it on its side… which we did. Roger’s design for a combination parking garage/shopping mall/public space/theme park was hailed as the most visionary of the four proposals unveiled at Adelphi University on Jan. 16. For the story behind it, please check out the newspaper I wrote, “The Daily Hub.”
January 01, 2014 | permalink
Below is the current list of past and future appearances, always bound to change. If you’re interested in helping to arrange a speaking appearance, please send me an email.
May 20, 2014. Seattle, WA.
May 20, 2014. Seattle, WA.
May 16, 2014. Angeles City, Philippines.
Clark Aviation Conference 2014.
May 8, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
April 25, 2014. Chicago, IL.
American Society of Landscape Architects.
April 22, 2014. New York, NY.
The New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow
April 11, 2014. New York, NY.
Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible.
April 9, 2014. Toronto, ON.
Smart Cities Canada.
March 22, 2014. New Orleans, LA.
Sun Life Financial.
March 10, 2014. New York, NY.
“Youth Think Tank: The Next Big Ideas from the Next Generation,” 92nd St. Y.
March 6, 2014. Mountain View, CA.
Cities on the Move.
February 27, 2014. New York, NY.
Smart Law for Smart Cities.
February 14, 2013. Los Angeles, CA.
January 30, 2014. New York, NY.
“When Computers Take Over The City,” World Policy Institute.
January 16, 2014. Garden City, NY.
Build a Better Burb: ParkingPLUS Design Challenge.
January 14, 2014. Calgary, AB.
City of Calgary.
December 10, 2013. Washington, DC.
Atlantic Council 2013 Strategic Foresight Forum.
November 25-26, 2013. King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
November 20, 2013. London, United Kingdom.
November 18-19, 2013. Miami, FL.
November 3, 2013. Baltimore, MD.
Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit.
November 1, 2013. New York, NY.
Building the Digital City.
October 22, 2013. Las Vegas, NV.
CoreNet Global Summit.
October 12, 2013. New York, NY.
NYU Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference.
October 3, 2013. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WorkTech13 Buenos Aires.
September 27, 2013. Reno, NV.
Design Matters 2013.
September 26, 2013. Sydney, Australia.
CoreNet Sydney Symposium.
September 23, 2013. Niagara Falls, ON.
September 19, 2013. Atlanta, GA.
Global Workspace Association.
September 17, 2013. Bolingbrook, IL.
Will County Center for Economic Development.
August 20, 2013. New York, NY.
Tech Tuesdays at the Seaport: Five Ideas To Change The City.
July 18, 2013. New York, NY.
World Policy Institute Political Salon.
July 11, 2013. New York, NY.
IIDA Facilities Forum.
June 28, 2013. Los Angeles, CA.
Extreme IDEAS: Runway.
June 21, 2013. Prague, Czech Republic.
June 20, 2013. Istanbul, Turkey.
Urban Land Institute.
June 19, 2013. London, United Kingdom.
Urban Land Institute Europe Trends Conference.
June 18, 2013. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Urban Land Institute.
June 11, 2013. Los Angeles, CA.
June 4-5, 2013. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
New Cities Summit
May 22, 2013. Los Angeles, CA.
Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection.
May 16, 2013. New York, NY.
WorkTech13 New York.
May 15, 2013. Atlanta, GA.
May 13, 2013. New York, NY.
“Which Cities Will Survive the 21st Century?” New America Foundation.
May 7, 2013. Rapid City, SD.
Rapid City Chamber of Commerce.
May 2, 2013. New York, NY.
World Policy Institute: Around the Table.
April 22-23, 2013. New York, NY.
Assocation of Corporate Travel Executives.
April 17-19, 2013. Tempe, AZ.
“Urbanization, Sustainability, Resilience, and Prosperity” Workshop, Arizona State University.
April 1, 2013. New York, NY.
New York University.
March 20, 2013. Ontario, CA.
State of the City 2013.
March 11, 2013. Boston, MA.
Major OEM urban mobility event.
February 21, 2013. Angeles City, Philippines.
Clark Aviation Conference.
February 20, 2013. Manila, Philippines.
The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.
December 6, 2012. London, United Kingdom.
London School of Economics: Urban Age.
November 20, 2012. Princeton, NJ.
Princeton University School of Architecture.
November 15, 2012. Barcelona, Spain.
Smart City Expo World Congress 2012.
November 7, 2012. Menlo Park, CA.
The Institute for the Future 2012 Technology Horizons Conference.
November 1, 2012. Boston, MA.
The Boston Society of Architects.
October 13, 2012. Brooklyn, NY.
October 12, 2012. New York, NY.
Columbia University: The Global Street.
September 25, 2012. New York, NY.
Columbia University GSAPP.
September 19, 2012. Moncton, NB.
The 2012 Air Cargo Logistics Symposium.
September 2, 2012. Salzburg, Austria.
July 26, 2012. Los Angeles, CA.
CoreNet Los Angeles.
June 4, 2012. New York, NY.
May 21, 2012. Haifa, Israel.
Intel Labs Future of Work 2012 Summit
May 16, 2012. Louisville, KY
May 15, 2012. Kansas City, MO.
May 11, 2012. New York, NY.
Fordham University Smart City Symposium. Open to all. RSVP required.
May 3, 2012. New York, NY.
World Policy Institute 50th Anniversary and Celebration.
May 1, 2012. Seattle, WA.
Commercial Brokers Association.
April 27, 2012. New York, NY.
New York University.
April 23, 2012. New York, NY.
World Policy Institute & Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. “The Future of the City.” 6:30 PM.
April 19, 2012. New York, NY.
Studio-X X-Cities 4, featuring Living PlanIT and Songdo IBD. Free and open to all.
April 18, 2012. St. Petersburg, FL.
American Real Estate Society.
April 10, 2012. New York, NY.
Studio-X X-Cities 3, featuring IBM’s Guru Banavar. Free and open to all.
April 5, 2012. Hillsboro, OR.
Intel Labs 2012 Trendspotting Summit.
March 29, 2012. Albuquerque, NM.
Albuquerque Downtown Action Team.
March 28, 2012. Albuquerque, NM.
Bookworks. Discussion and signing. Free and open to the public.
March 20, 2012. New York, NY.
Studio-X X-Cities 2. Free and open to all.
March 14, 2012. New York, NY.
School of the Visual Arts.
March 12, 2012. Muscat, Oman.
The Sindbad Lecture.
March 11, 2012. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Middle East Facilities Management Association.
March 9, 2012. Providence, RI.
Brown University Urban Affairs conference.
February 21, 2012. New York, NY.
Studio-X X-Cities series. Free and open to all.
February 15, 2012. Washington, DC.
Research In Motion.
February 14, 2012. New York, NY.
Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
January 24, 2012. Seattle, WA.
November 14, 2011. New York, NY.
World Policy Institute Political Salon.
November 10, 2011. New York, NY.
L2 Innovation Forum.
November 7, 2011. Montreal, QC.
The Association of Corporate Travel Executives.
October 31-November 1, 2011. London, United Kingdom.
The Airport Operators Association.
October 20, 2011. New York, NY.
Asia Society New York. Registration required. Open to all.
October 14, 2011. Phoenix, AZ.
October 13, 2011. Ottawa, ON.
Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
October 5, 2011. New York, NY
Columbia University, Committee for Global Thought.
October 4, 2011. Destin, FL.
Gulf Power Economic Symposium.
September 27, Washington D.C.
The National Building Museum. 6:30 PM. Reading and discussion. Admission required; open to all.
September 20, 2011. New York, NY
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
September 18, 2011. Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Book Festival. 4 PM at Brooklyn Historical Society Library. Free and open to all.
September 17, 2011. Queens, NY.
“Foreclosed” Open Studios. 12-6 PM at MoMA PS1. Open to the public.
September 15, 2011. Champaign, IL.
TEDxUIllinois. Free; visit the site to request an invitation.
September 3-4, 2011. Decatur, GA.
The AJC Decatur Book Festival. Open to the public.
August 29-30, 2011. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Medical Travel Meeting Brazil.
June 29-30, 2011. Chicago, IL
The Clinton Global Initiative: CGI America.
June 18, 2011. Queens, NY.
“Foreclosed” workshop presentations. 2 PM at MoMA PS1. Open to the public.
June 7, 2011. New York, NY.
The New York Public Library. 6:30 PM. Discussion and signing. Free and open to all.
June 6, 2011. Washington D.C.
Intelligent Cities Forum.
May 23, 2011. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
DIFC Economics Workshop.
May 11, 2011. Denver, CO.
Metro Denver Aviation Coalition.
May 10, 2011. Denver, CO.
Tattered Cover Book Store. 7 PM. Reading and discussion. Free and open to all.
May 7, 2011. New York, NY.
Pecha Kucha #11, “The Dimensions of a New City.” 11:29 PM at the Old School Gym, 268 Mulberry Street.
May 7, 2011. Queens, NY.
“Foreclosed” preliminary presentations. 2 PM at MoMA PS1. Open to the public.
May 2, 2011. Chicago, IL.
CoreNet Global Summit.
April 28, 2011. New York, NY.
The Frequent Traveler Awards.
April 20, 2011. New York, NY.
Talking Books with the Architectural League of New York. McNally Jackson Bookstore, 7 PM. Free and open to all.
April 14, 2011. Brooklyn, NY.
The Futurist and Kite Flying Society of Galapagos Art Space. 7 PM. Registration required. Open to all.
April 13, 2011. Memphis, TN.
April 12-13, 2011. Memphis, TN.
Airport Cities 2011.
April 11, 2011. Memphis, TN.
Davis-Kidd Booksellers. 6 PM. Free and open to all.
April 8, 2011. New York, NY.
PSFK New York.
April 5, 2011. Los Angeles, CA.
Architecture and Design Museum.
April 4, 2011. San Francisco, CA.
World Affairs Council of Northern California.
April 1, 2011. Berkeley, CA.
University of California Architecture Research Colloquium.
March 31, 2011. Portland, OR.
Powell’s City of Books.
March 30, 2011. Seattle, WA.
Town Hall Seattle.
March 29, 2011. Irving, TX.
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
March 24, 2011. Kankakee, IL.
The Kankakee Public Library.
March 23, 2011. Chicago, IL.
The Book Cellar.
March 22, 2011. Chicago, IL.
The Chicago Council of Global Affairs.
March 21, 2011. Cambridge, MA.
March 20, 2011. New York NY.
The Left Forum.
March 16, 2011. Atlanta, GA.
March 11, 2011. Louisville, KY.
Greater Louisville Inc.
February 23-24, 2011. San Francisco, CA.
Global Green Cities of the 21st Century.
October 18, 2010. Shanghai, China.
2010 China Innovation Forum.
October 1, 2010. New York, NY.
“Cities and Eco-Crises,” Columbia University.
August 25-28, 2010. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Medical Travel Meeting Brazil.
August 2, 2010. San Carlos, CA.
June 9-10, 2010. Las Vegas, NV.
April 21-23, 2010. Beijing, China.
Airport Cities 2010.
April 1, 2010. Champaign, IL.
September 15, 2009. Atlanta, GA.
April 28-29, 2009. Taipei, Taiwan.
International Aerotropolis Conference.
December 20, 2013 | permalink
I was invited by the organizers of WorkTech to give yet another gloss on my usual schtick at their flagship conference in London, held on November 19-20 at the British Museum. It was my pleasure to give the closing keynote following Frank Duffy, whose work in this area has been an inspiration. Fast-forward to the 36:00 minute mark, where I (who has drifted too far back on stage for the camera to capture my head, evidently) put Duffy on the spot, asking him to comment on my talk. “Absolutely marvelous,” he said. #careerhighlight
December 11, 2013 | permalink
The Atlantic Council hosted its annual Strategic Foresight Forum, this year titled “Harnessing Disruption,” on December 9-10 at is offices in Washington DC. I was graciously invited to join Columbia’s Saskia Sassen, the Urban Institute’s Tim Campbell, and USAID’s Steven Feldstein to discuss the future of cities in a panel titled, “A New Model of International Governance: Why Cities Will Lead the Way.” It was a lot of fun, as it always is when Saskia’s on your panel. The complete video from the session is above.
December 10, 2013 | permalink
(Originally published at Ericsson Business Review on December 10, 2013.)
Just Two Questions… to Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow of the World Policy Institute, and Director of its Emergent Cities Project
In what ways will developments in ICT, such as intelligent networks and the cloud, most shape life in 21st-century megacities?
Done right, networked cities promise to heighten the density and intensity of urban life by tying previously disconnected people, environments, and activities together. In India, for example, SMS-connected auto-rickshaw networks create mobility on demand for passengers and higher wages for drivers. Here in New York, apps such as Foursquare, LiquidSpace, and Tinder can help me find a coffee shop, an office, and maybe a date around the corner – where I might never have noticed them otherwise. And the entire premise of the “sharing economy” is the increased utilization of assets – like cars, tools, and spare bedrooms – all made possible by the network.
The outcomes will be profound: fewer cars on the street as mobility-on-demand replaces private vehicles; fewer office towers and hotels as the network makes it easier to find and share under-utilized offices or apartments, leading to space-as-a-service rather than 10-year leases; and commerce everywhere, courtesy of devices like Square. The real challenge will be faced by governments, as a hyper-networked city looks an awful lot like the informal settlement of megacities in the Global South – in which everything is an unregulated asset to be negotiated. Securing the safety and rights of citizens in such a world is a daunting task, to say the least. We’re just beginning to grapple with the issues.
With most of humanity living in cities – and so many in megacities – how do you see the evolution of how we interact with each other?
The physicist Luis Bettencourt recently described cities as “social reactors”. They compress dense, overlapping social networks of people in space and time, and the fusion of those networks – much like the sun produces light and heat – forms new ideas, social cohesion, economic growth, and so on. The best cities, in other words, are the ones that are most effective at bringing appropriately diverse groups of people together. They produce the experience of serendipity. This is what makes dense cities and public space so powerful; it’s what makes a city a city.
So how can we accelerate that fusion? ICT definitely has a role to play, especially now that our social networks are increasingly visible thanks to the combination of smartphones and social media. I believe the killer urban app is one that can reveal the strangers around me, connecting me to people whose acquaintance I might never have otherwise met. Call it “serendipity-as-a-service”.
December 05, 2013 | permalink
CNN quotes me on Dubai and its winning bid for Expo 2020:
For Greg Lindsay, co-author of “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next”, the Expo proximity to the new Al-Maktoum International Airport and Dubai World Central development is especially significant.
“(Dubai World Central) is the best organic example of an ‘aerotropolis,’” says Lindsay, whose book puts the case that modern globalized cities such as Dubai are built around, and feed off, airports in much the same way as cities in the 19th century were built around the railways.
“In 1990, there was nothing really there ... it was the strategy of Emirates and the civil aviation authority to make Dubai the crossroads of the world.
“I do think winning the Expo will be a huge catalyst for its development,” he said.
November 29, 2013 | permalink
Over at Gizmodo, Alissa Walker investigates the “rise of the aerial commuter.” Alissa was kind enough to ask for evidence, and I was more than happy to provide it. Read the whole thing at Gizmodo, but you can start here:
Last month, a blog post by Sam Cookney captured the imagination of anyone who pays a little too much money for the convenience of living near work. He reasoned that, for the same price he paid for his one-bedroom London flat, he could live in a three-bedroom flat near the beach in Barcelona and fly to work in London four days a week. And he’d still have 387 Euros left over at the end of the month.
If you put it that way, extreme jet-setting scenarios like this sound like a pretty amazing idea. Even if it’s really just a fancy way of commuting to work, the thought that we could be sitting at our desk in London and then, just hours later, be sipping rioja on our balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, is still impossibly awesome. Who wouldn’t want to make enough money in one city and be go home to a place where you can actually enjoy it, even—or especially—if it’s a few hundred miles away?
Of course, there are two factors here that make Cookney’s math specifically feasible. First, London is a catastrophically expensive city—just check out this depressing London rent calculator by the Financial Times that shows the percentage of your salary you’d have to spend on rent—so living practically anywhere else would save you money, comparatively. And, second, Ryanair, the airline Cookney used in his calculations, is a ridiculously cheap carrier notorious for being heavily subsidized by European airports.
But Cookney’s proposal is not altogether unrealistic. The book Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next traces how these low-cost airlines changed the commuting patterns for Europeans. A study by Future Forum predicted that, by 2016, there would be 1.5 million people who work in the U.K. but commute by plane from their homes overseas in cities like Tallinn, Marrakech, and, yes, Barcelona. Cookney’s fantasy is a reality for a growing breed of supercommuters—dubbed aerial commuters—who take planes to work.
November 14, 2013 | permalink
(Originally published at OfficeInsight.org on November 5, 2013.)
Greg Lindsay is a journalist and urbanist. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next as well as a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He is also one of the main speakers at this year’s Worktech conference in London on 19 and 20 November. In this frank and enlightening interview he offers his thoughts on how firms can engineer serendipity into their workplaces and cultures and how the way we design offices is already taking clues from the way we plan urban environments.
Insight: You claim to be something of a neophyte when it comes to the workplace but every aspect of your work touches on it in one way or another. Are you being disingenuous or just modest?
Greg Lindsay: Neither. My work touches on the workplace in many ways, but it is generally not the aspects of the workplace you cover so well on Insight. I work as part of a think tank that looks at the future of work and I’m aware of how work integrates with everything around us. We know for example that cities are the places where ideas are spawned and we understand the processes involved thanks to the work of people like my fellow Worktech speaker Frank Duffy.
Insight: So what do you think are the most important things we could be doing better to make work more productive, creative and enjoyable?
GL: We often start from a flawed or narrow perspective. So if you take something like an org chart, which is how many organisations visualise themselves, you begin from a false point. It’s a terrible approximation of how work gets done and how people interact with colleagues and the organisation.
Insight: So what is the alternative perspective and how does this manifest itself in terms of office design?
GL: Unquestionably the best new office designs are those which create unforeseen encounters in much the same way as we see in an urban setting. There are a number of ways of doing this. Facebook for example is looking to create this type of workplace by essentially putting everybody in one big room at its new HQ. That is essentially the vision of Mark Zuckerberg. Even though he hired Frank Gehry to execute it, Zuckerberg already knew what he wanted from the workplace. And you can see the thinking behind what they’ve done up to a point. But it relies on an assumption that, when it comes to bringing the right people together in the right ways, that you know who the right people are to begin with, even if you have designed flexibility into the layout of the offices so they are able to change quickly as a way of creating new interactions. So I’d say there are better ways of maximising the chances of the right interactions happening in practice.
Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company and an author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).
Wired (UK) | October 2013
Next American City | August 2013
The New York Times | April 2013
Fast Company | March 2013
Fast Company | March 2013
Fast Company | December 2012/January 2013
WSJ | November 2012
Fast Company | June 2012
Next American City | May 2012
The New York Times | Feburary 2012
Departures | October 2011
Travel + Leisure | October 2011
The New York Times | September 2011
World Policy Journal | Fall 2011
Advertising Age | September 2011
Open Skies | July 2011
WSJ | May 2011
WSJ | February 2011
The New York Times | February 2011
Advertising Age | November 2010
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