February 07, 2018  |  permalink

Walking in the Street of the Future


Curbed’s Alissa Walker has published an epic history of the rise and fall — and rise again — of walking in America, making the case that sidewalks are too little, too late for our walking needs. I’m honored to be included in the piece as the speculative futurist wondering how new mobility might reclaim streets for people instead of cars:

Instead of a one-size-fits-all equation of lane widths calculated to move cars quickly, with pedestrians pushed off to the side, the definition of a city street will change based on what people need, neighborhood by neighborhood, says Greg Lindsay, director of strategy for the urban mobility festival LACoMotion.

“Streets will become this panoply of different uses,” he says. “What happens when AV sensors get cheap enough that you can put them on tricycles or quadricycles and make the ultimate first-mile/last-mile solution? Maybe you have electric autonomous bicycles that allow seniors to move around the neighborhood. Maybe you’ll hang out in the street of the future.”

Read the entire thing.

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January 29, 2018  |  permalink

“We’re still waiting for a smart city; it hasn’t been created yet.”


Thailand’s Property Report profiled me on the subject of smart cities in Asia. To their credit, they don’t attempt to whitewash the inherent flaws in so-called smart cities and give more than a fair hearing to my own ideas of what a smart city should be. I’ve republished the piece below.

Humankind will make the great crossing from the countryside to urban centres in coming decades. Many will consider themselves lucky to make the move to a so-called smart city.

The notion of living in smart cities has jumped from the drawing board to reality over the last few years. Urban planners are excited about the prospect of urbanites becoming more interconnected than they already are, living in communities packed with sensors and set aside as test labs for the Internet of Everything while digitisation streamlines the very way they lead lives.

Smart cities trigger complex discussions fraught with a myriad of issues ranging from infrastructure to inclusivity. No one could pin down what exactly a smart city is, partly because the concept is so open to interpretation — and because it essentially does not exist yet.

The need for one hangs in the air. As metropolises bloat with over-populace, spewing carbon into the atmosphere and suffering from vestigial inefficiencies of the last century, urban planners and technocrats have agreed that redefining the very fabric of a city is of the essence.

“You need a smart city because, ultimately, there are ways we can enhance the fundamental nature of the city,” said Greg Lindsay of the New Cities Foundation. “We can use technology to make cities better versions of themselves if it’s all about connecting people and systems that were otherwise unconnected, and yet giving people the agency to change them and to use them.”

As leader of the nonprofit’s Connected Mobility Initiative, Lindsay has borne witness to the rise and fall of smart city initiatives around the world. In his 2011 book Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, Lindsay studied the critical intersections between smart infrastructure and smart cities.

“It was really about air travel. It was what really invented the modern world,” he argued. “It allowed people to act on a global scale within the span of a day or two. Sooner or later, it seemed inevitable that, as with all transportation technology, people would build cities around it.”

Early on, the city of Songdo in South Korea testified to the transformative effects an airport could have on adjacent areas. Built on a 600-hectare reclaimed land parcel outside Seoul, Songdo thrived on its direct link, by way of a seven-mile bridge, to Incheon International Airport, in the same way outlying islands in Hong Kong benefited from the USD20-billion transfer of its old airport in the 2000s.

Lindsay has followed the plight of Songdo in its ultimately disappointing bid to become the world’s first smart city. “The general perception of Songdo after an incredible hype cycle has now descended down into this trough of disillusionment,” he said.

Songdo has failed to measure up to the titanic expectations of being “first.” The USD-40 billion project has made a comfortable home for as many as 100,000, but the figure represents less than half of its capacity, and many of the heralded smarts have yet to pass.

“I don’t think there’s anywhere we could actually point to and say, ‘This is what a smart city is,’” Lindsay said. “We’re still waiting for the best example. It hasn’t been created yet.”

Still, it is likely that a real smart city will burst forth in Asia first, on the rock-solid foundation of an existing, evolving city. Singapore, in Lindsay’s opinion, seems to be leading the way, raising the bar when it comes to giving citizens opportunities to engage directly with government. As does Dubai: housing authorities in the emirate made headlines late last year when they announced lavish investments in blockchain technology, cryptocurrency payments, and drone technology.

While all these advancements tickle futurists, the ‘holy grail’ of smart cities would be to be able to distribute planning decisions to each and every citizen, Lindsay explained. This then raises the question as to whether smart cities can ever be inclusive by their very nature. Critics of the movement lament that smart cities only benefit certain segments of the body politic; somebody somewhere is always left behind in the race toward becoming Smart.

“You can’t run a fully participatory digital democracy because you can’t assume that everyone has a smartphone,” Lindsay said. “It’s very easy to be incredibly innovative if you’re willing to write off portions of the population.”

The fundamentals of smartening an existing city sooner or later require investing in leading-edge technology, an act anathema to poorer economies. Smart technology, in many ways, is designed to dovetail easily with societies that have reached higher rungs of advancement and connectivity.

Before applying smart tech at the grassroots level, an urban planner must engage first with the social context of a city and understand issues endemic to it. Alongside governments, property developers must be aware of their mandate to leverage technology and refine experiences for people in their localities.

“It’s just a question of how do you layer value and add new uses on top of the already great places we’re developing,” said Lindsay.

Smart cities may have that rarefied feel with thorny barriers to entry but in 2016, the world gained a glimpse of the infinite possibilities the majority could have in a smart city. Pokemon Go, a gaming app which conflates the popular ’90s cartoon characters with the ultra-modern trappings of augmented reality, exploded across mobile screens worldwide. It gave people a simulacrum of connectivity that cuts across multiple tiers of the economic situation.

“For a brief, blinding moment it was the most successful smart city app ever developed,” Lindsay said. “It was taking groups of strangers, of all backgrounds and ethnicities, on city street corners and making them stop and take selfies together. It was a flash in the pan, but it really points to what we can do from the concept of games and how these kinds of things to really unlock the value of cities.”

So what will cities of the future look like? They will not spring out of nowhere like Songdo for certain, he suggested. “The cities that we have and that we know and love are the result of decades, centuries, thousands of years of many, many hands building and rebuilding spaces that people love at a visceral level.

“And there is nothing that a single developer or technology can do in a single cycle that can really replicate that.”

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January 24, 2018  |  permalink

Curating reSITE 2018

I’m excited to announce I’ve been invited to curate reSITE 2018 in Prague on June 14-15. If you’re not familiar with reSITE, it’s a non-profit series of events devoted to the future of cities, whose tentpole conference in Prague attracts more than a thousand participants from around the world. I had the pleasure of speaking at both the 2013 and 2015 editions (pictured above), where recent themes have included the “shared city,” infrastructure, and the global refugee crisis.

Given its uncanny topicality, it should be no surprise that this year’s theme is the future of housing. More from the official reSITE 2018 press release below:

Is it time to reconsider what a better city looks like? The tide has clearly lifted all boats over the last two decades of urban development, yet gentrification, rising costs of living and inequality pose considerable challenges for city leaders, investors, planners and architects to design a city that works for everyone.

“The convergence of housing and quality of life in the city will define this year’s work and events for reSITE. We will explore new forms of housing, check out the cost of living and identify cultural and architecture projects that enhance our lifestyle. I’m really excited to change the format this year with a new program curator, Greg Lindsay, who will help us see new ways of living and working in the city – a sort of theory of relativity for the positive impacts that may arise at the intersection of change, tradition and new thinking.” – Martin Barry, Chairman of reSITE

“I’m honored to join reSITE as guest curator after having had the pleasure of watching it evolve as a speaker and attendee since 2013. I’m also humbled to tackle the biggest issue cities face: where and how people live, and how to do it fairly, equitably, and sustainably. The right to the city begins with housing, and so that’s where the theme of reSITE 2018 begins,” explains the new program curator of the event Greg Lindsay, a writer, journalist and urbanist.


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January 24, 2018  |  permalink

Autonomous Everything Livestream & Recap


What happens when you convene 25 architects, designers, public policy experts, aides to both the Mayor of New York and the Governor of New York, and futurists with the brief to imagine a world of autonomous stuff and not just cars? You get five strange and exhilarating scenarios ranging from autonomous libraries to an anonymous ride-hailing service for undocumented migrants living and working in the suburbs to the winning entry (as judged by an audience of more than 100+ attendees): “Liquid Transit,” a wholly dynamic bus network first deployed in the wake of a Hurricane Sandy-style disaster.

The workshop was organized by Dash Marshall’s Brian Boyer, who invited me to a similar workshop last year run on behalf of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute. (That installment was co-organized by Bits and Atoms’ Anthony Townsend, who wasn’t present this time around.) A partial roster of all-star attendees included Women-Led Cities’ Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Gensler’s Richard Tyson, Intersection’s Jeff Maki, Project for Public Spaces’ Ethan Kent, Arup’s Francesca Birks, the Regional Plan Association’s Manu Sen, and many more.

The day was capped by a public presentation moderated by Citylab’s Laura Bliss (pictured above), which included by pitches from members of each team drafting their scenarios. You can watch the archived Facebook Live stream here. (Unfortunately, I can’t embed it.)

If there’s one lesson to draw from the exercise, it’s that the central premise of autonomy — that it will be used to move people from point A to point B, usually in cars — is fundamentally wrong. Throughout multiple rounds of brainstorming and discussion, participants kept coming back to the idea of autonomy being applied to resources and institutions as a stopgap to help deal with failing pubic services. Instead of autonomous cars, we talked about autonomous hospitals or medical clinics deployed to communities whose residents used it to treat themselves. We discussed how shadow transportation networks might arise in response to pervasive surveillance and persecution, and how those networks might steer people toward communities and resources. And we talked about everything except the technology.

I’d like to thank Bryan Boyer, Anthony Townsend, Micah Kotch, Miriam Roure, Laura Bliss, and URBAN-X and Citylab for an amazing day. Let’s do this again some time. (Pictured below: Savinien Caracostea’s rendering of the winning scenario, “Liquid Transit.”)


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January 22, 2018  |  permalink

LA CoMotion Recap with ‘The Augmented City’ Podcast


The Augmented City podcast’s John du Pre Gauntt sat down with me in November to recap the inaugural edition of LA CoMotion. (Note: we both sound utterly exhausted after four exhilarating days.) Please click through to give it a listen. And get ready: LA CoMotion will return to the Arts District of Los Angeles on Nov. 15-18. See you there.

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January 04, 2018  |  permalink

Where the Robot Meets the Road: Autonomous Everything


If you’re free in New York on January 23rd, please join us at A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (29 Norman) for Where the Robot Meets the Road: Autonomous Everything, the second installment in a series of URBAN-X events on the future of autonomous vehicles and infrastructure and how they will change the design and function of cities. Description and registration link below:

For 75 years, visions of autonomous urban systems have revolved around the self-driving car. But while AVs remain just over the commercially available horizon, autonomous stuff is already here: delivery bots on the sidewalks of London and San Francisco, a self-driving convenience store in Shanghai, and drones delivering blood to Swiss hospitals.

Anthony Townsend, Bryan Boyer and Greg Lindsay will host an interactive debate where provocative scenarios will be discussed, voted and proposed. This event will come after an afternoon closed-doors workshop with experts across disciplines including urban planning, technology, policy, and real estate, who will also be participating in this session.

How can autonomous systems help solve existing challenges for cities, rather than provide solutions to non-existent problems? Join the discussion.

Free registration here.

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December 28, 2017  |  permalink

LA CoMotion’s “Street of the Future”

In lieu of a year-in-review, here’s a brief clip from last month’s LA CoMotion highlighting its “Street of the Future,” which I helped develop. Here’s to a restful holidays and renewed sense of purpose in 2018! See you on the other side.

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December 27, 2017  |  permalink

Speaking & Events

I speak frequently about the future of cities, work, mobility, and occasionally the future of the future itself. Past engagements and events include the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the World Economic Forum. I speak frequently to companies (McKinsey, Microsoft, Intel, KPMG, Deloitte, AECOM, RE/MAX, BMW MINI, Ford, Starbucks), organizations (the OECD, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Energy, U.K. Treasury, Canada Council for the Arts), member associations (CoreNet, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Home Builders, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and universities (Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Columbia, Princeton, the Royal College of Art, the London School of Economics).

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. A complete list of speaking topics can be found at Speakers Spotlight.

November 14-15, 2019. Los Angeles, CA.
LA CoMotion 2019.

October 2-4, 2019. St. John’s, NL
Atlantic Planners Institute.

September 19-20, 2019. Prague, CZ

August 8, 2019. Mexico City, Mexico
México, Economía Digital.

June 13, 2019. Orlando, FL
ULI Florida.

June 11, 2019. London, UK.

June 9, 2019. Jackson Hole, WY.
CRETech Trailblazers.

June 6-7, 2019. New York, NY.
New Housing Solutions.

May 15, 2019. New York, NY.
Smart Cities NYC.

May 9, 2019. Dallas, TX.
DW Distribution.

May 1-2, 2019. Abu Dhabi, UAE.

April 23, 2019. West Point, NY.
United States Military Academy.

April 15, 2019. Tampa, FL.

April 13, 2019. Washington, D.C.

April 10, 2019. Carlsbad, CA.
North American Meat Institute.

April 3, 2019. New York, NY.
Designing Our Future New York.

March 25, 2019. Denver, CO.
Denver Architecture Foundation.

March 16, 2019. New York, NY.
The City of Tomorrow @ 92nd St. Y

February 24-25, 2019. Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Future Studio.

February 22, 2019. Scottsdale, AZ.

February 21, 2019. Las Vegas, NV.
National Association of Home Builders.

February 19, 2019. Brooklyn, NY.
ReversaL: A Public Forum on The Partial Shutdown of The L-Train.

January 31, 2019. Richmond, CA.

January 22, 2019. Carlsbad, CA.
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

January 11, 2019. West Point, NY.
United States Military Academy.

November 29, 2018. New York, NY.

November 27, 2018. New York, NY.
URBAN-X: The Hyper-Legible City.

November 14-17, 2018. Los Angeles, CA.

November 13, 2018. Los Angeles, CA.

November 6, 2018. Los Angeles, CA.
Principal Financial.

October 22-24, 2018. Nashville, TN.

October 16, 2018. Jacksonville, FL.
NAIOP Northeast Florida.

October 9, 2018. New York, NY.
Municipal Art Society.

October 4, 2018. Nashville, TN.
Constellation Homebuilders.

October 3, 2018. Dayton, OH.

October 1, 2018. Detroit, MI.
CityLab Mobility Dinner Series.

September 27, 2018. New, York, NY.
URBAN-X Demo Day.

September 26, 2018. Montreal, QC.
NewCities Foundation.

September 25, 2018. New York, NY.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

September 17, 2018. Boston, MA.
CityLab Mobility Dinner Series.

September 17, 2018. Cambridge, MA.
Harvard GSD.

September 14, 2018. Tampa, FL.
Café con Tampa.

September 13, 2018. Tampa, FL.
Tampa Innovation Summit.

September 11, 2018. San Francisco, CA.
CityLab Mobility Dinner Series.

June 14-15, 2018. Prague, Czech Republic.

June 12, 2018. Berlin, Germany.
Dream Global REIT.

June 4, 2018. New York, NY.
Where the Robot Meets the Road: Pay to Pave.

May 31, 2018. Riga, Latvia.

May 24, 2018. Albuquerque, NM.
Urban Land Institute New Mexico.

May 17, 2018. New York, NY.
MoMA Design Store.

May 17, 2018. New York, NY.
WORKTECH18 New York.

May 14, 2018. New York, NY.
Onward: Mobility in the Next New York.

May 10, 2018. New York, NY.
MSCI U.S. Real Estate Investment Conference.

May 9, 2018. New York, NY.
Smart Cities NY.

May 9, 2018. New York, NY.

May 3, 2018. New York, NY.
NAIOP National Forums Symposium 2018.

April 26, 2018. London, United Kingdom.

April 19, 2018. Toronto, ON.
CIBC 23rd Annual Real Estate Conference.

March 27, 2018. New York, NY.

March 22, 2018. Victoria, BC.
Canadian Home Builders Association.

March 19-21, 2018. Auckland, New Zealand.
ITS New Zealand.

March 14, 2018. Chicago, IL.
National Shared Mobility Summit.

March 12, 2018. Boston, MA.

February 1, 2018. Los Angeles, CA.
Woods Bagot.

January 31, 2018. New York, NY.
BMW iVentures Urban Mobility Forum.

January 28, 2018. San Antonio, TX.
American Traffic Safety Services Association.

January 27, 2018. New York, NY.
City of Tomorrow Real Estate, Architecture, and Design Summit.

January 25, 2018. Orlando, FL.
ULI Central Florida.

January 23, 2018. New York, NY.
Where the Robot Meets the Road: Autonomous Everything.

January 9, 2018. Orlando, FL.
National Association of Home Builders.

December 18, 2017. Cambridge, MA.
Stuart Frankel.

December 7, 2017. Durham, NC.
CREO North Carolina General Meeting.

December 6, 2017. New York, NY.
Mixed-Up Use: Toward More Diverse Real Estate.

December 6, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Associated General Contractors of NYS.

November 30, 2017. New York, NY.

November 15-19, 2017. Los Angeles, CA.

November 7, 2017. New York, NY.
Intel & URBAN-X.

November 2-3, 2017. Los Angeles, CA.
Aerial Futures.

November 1, 2017. San Antonio, TX.

October 24-25, 2017. New York, NY.
Fast Company Innovation Festival.

October 17, 2017. Albany, NY.
NY Public Transit Association.

October 11, 2017. New York, NY.
British Land.

October 10, 2017. New York, NY.
American Council on Germany.

September 28, 2017. Chicago, IL.

September 26, 2017. New York, NY.
RealInsight Emerging Trends Summit.

September 19, 2017. Victoria, BC.
Platform: A Retreat for Design Visionaries.

September 18, 2017. Denver, CO.
RE/MAX Commercial Symposium.

September 14, 2017. Columbus, OH.
Columbus Partnership.

September 13, 2017. New York, NY.
The Wall Street Journal.

September 8, 2017. Kelowna, BC.
Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

August 23, 2017. Albuquerque, NM.
Sandia National Laboratories.

August 22, 2017. Colorado Springs, CO.

August 17, 2017. San Francisco, CA.
Ford City of Tomorrow.

August 16, 2017. San Francisco, CA.

July 20, 2017. Los Angeles, CA.
Central City Association.

July 13, 2017. Milford, CT.
CCIM Connecticut.

June 29, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand.
Ananda Urban Tech.

June 22, 2017. Montreal, QC.

June 12, 2017. New York, NY.
MadCity NYC.

June 8-9, 2017. Incheon, Republic of Korea.
New Cities Summit.

June 5, 2017. New York, NY.

June 1, 2017. Montreal, QC.

May 13, 2017. Brooklyn, NY.
A/D/O: Common Sense.

May 12, 2017. New York, NY.
DLD Future of Cities.

May 5, 2017. New York, NY.
Global Coworking Unconference (GCUC).

May 4, 2017. New York, NY.
WorkTech NYC 2017.

May 3, 2017. Brooklyn, NY.
Smart Cities NYC.

April 19, 2017. Toulouse, France.

April 5, 2017. New York, NY.
Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles.

April 3, 2017. Brooklyn, NY.
A/D/O. “Manufacturing Happiness.”

March 30, 2017. Brooklyn, NY.
URBAN-X: “Where the Robot Meets the Road.”

March 29, 2017. Oslo, Norway.

March 7, 2017. Fort Lauderdale, FL.
CORE Network.

March 6, 2017. Dallas, TX.
Downtown Dallas, Inc.

February 24, 2017. San Diego, CA.

February 22, 2017. Chicago, IL.
IC Bus Next Stop Innovation Summit.

February 17, 2017. Hollywood, FL.
Accesso Partners.

February 13, 2017. Brooklyn, NY.
“The Internet of Very Bad, No Good Things.”

January 27, 2017. Brooklyn, NY.
A/D/O Launch Festival.

January 17, 2017. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
World Future Energy Summit.

January 10, 2017. Los Angeles, CA.
AECOM Urban SOS: Fair Share.

December 13, 2016. New Orleans, LA.
National Association of Home Builders.

November 22, 2016. Bordeaux, France.

November 15, 2016. Dallas, TX.

November 4, 2016. Tokyo, Japan.
Cities on the Move.

November 1, 2016. New York, NY.

October 26, 2016. Cambridge, MA.

October 20-21, 2016. Tokyo, Japan.
World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Summit.

October 18, 2016. Los Angeles, CA.

October 14, 2016. Miami Beach, FL.
Harvard Business School.

October 12, 2016. San Antonio, TX.
University of Texas-San Antonio.

September 27, 2016. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

September 21-22, 2016. Ann Arbor, MI.
SmithGroup JJR.

September 20, 2016. London, United Kingdom.
Cushman & Wakefield.

September 19, 2016. Atlanta, GA.
CORE Network.

September 16, 2016. Holland, MI.

September 15, 2016. Irvine, CA.
Urban Land Institute.

July 13, 2016. Boston, MA.

June 21-22, 2016. Montreal, QC.
New Cities Summit.

June 17, 2016. New York, NY.
Columbia GSAPP Durst Conference 2016.

June 15, 2016. New York, NY.
Urban Design Forum: New Ideas for Urban Freight.

June 10, 2016. Brussels, Belgium.

June 7, 2016. Trenton, NJ.
PlanSmart NJ Summit.

May 26, 2016. New York, NY.
Urban Salon.

May 26, 2016. New York, NY.
WorkTech 2016.

May 18-20, 2016. Leipzig, Germany.
International Transport Forum 2016.

May 11, 2016. Providence, RI.
Providence Committee on Foreign Relations.

May 10, 2016. Indian Wells, CA.
California Travel Summit.

April 28, 2016. San Francisco, CA.
Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers.

April 26, 2016. Strasbourg, France.
The Automobile Forum.

April 12, 2016. New York, NY.
Fordham University.

April 4, 2016. San Antonio, TX.
Trapeze User Conference.

March 31, 2016. Washington D.C..
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

March 24, 2016. New York, NY.
Messe Frankfurt.

March 23, 2016. New York, NY.
Columbia University GSAPP.

March 7, 2016. Newport Beach, CA.
American Automotive and Leasing Association.

March 4, 2016. Manila, the Philippines.
Asian Institute of Management.

March 2, 2016. Manila, the Philippines.
Urban Land Institute Philippines.

February 11, 2016. London, United Kingdom.
Transport for London.

February 10, 2016. London, United Kingdom.
New London Architecture.

February 9, 2016. London, United Kingdom.
Royal College of Art.

January 22, 2016. New York, NY.

December 8-9, 2015. King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

November 21-22, 2015. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Expo 2020.

November 18, 2015. Pasadena, CA.
California Transit Association.

November 17, 2015. New York, NY.

November 12-13, 2015. Cambridge, MA.
Disrupting Mobility.

November 10, 2015. Zurich, Switzerland.
The Circle.

November 9, 2015. Paris, France.
New World Forum.

October 27-28, 2015. Eden Prairie, MN.

October 22, 2015. New York, NY.
Municipal Art Society Summit.

October 20-21, 2015. Singapore.
Abraaj Annual Forum.

October 14, 2015. London, United Kingdom.
Cities on the Move.

October 7, 2015. New York, NY.
Center for Architecture.

September 30, 2015. York Regional Municipality, ON.
York Regional Council.

September 28, 2015. Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
ILTM Americas.

September 22, 2015. San Antonio, TX.
Texas Travel Industry Association.

September 16, 2015. London, United Kingdom.
Federation Internationale de l’Automobile.

September 14, 2015. Nashville, TN.
Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association.

September 4, 2015. Los Angeles, CA.

June 18-19, 2015. Prague, Czech Republic.

June 9-11, 2015. Jakarta, Indonesia.
New Cities Summit.

June 2, 2015. New York, NY.
The Happiness Industry: Book Discussion with Will Davies, Greg Lindsay, and Melissa Aronczyk.

May 28, 2015. Bursa, Turkey.
Bursa Innovation and Design Summit.

May 20, 2015. Seattle, WA.

May 19, 2015. Redmond, WA.
Microsoft Research.

May 15, 2015. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

May 6, 2015. Orlando, FL.
University of Central Florida Real Estate Conference.

May 5, 2015. Miami, FL.
eMerge Americas.

March 12, 2015. Cambridge, MA.
MIT & Iceland Naturally.

February 20, 2015. Washington, DC.
U. S. Department of State.

February 20, 2015. Washington, DC.
Global Solution Networks.

February 19, 2015. Fort Worth, TX.
Fort Worth Lecture Society.

February 12, 2015. Orlando, FL.
Association of Energy Services Professionals.

January 30, 2015. San Francisco, CA.
Gehl Studio.

January 27, 2015. Berkeley, CA.
University of California.

December 11, 2014. Minneapolis, MN.
Made in Minnesota: Celebrating university innovators.

December 9, 2014. New York, NY.
Influx and Exodus: Two Conversations on Urban Density.

December 3, 2014. New York, NY.
Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities?

December 2, 2014. Cambridge, MA.
Harvard Graduate School of Design.

November 24, 2014. New York, NY.
Frog Design.

November 19-21, 2014. Santa Fe, NM.
“Acting Locally, Understanding Globally.” Santa Fe Institute.

November 12, 2014. New York, NY.
Urban Salon: NYC Transportation in 2030.

November 11, 2014. London, United Kingdom.
Grimshaw Architects.

November 11, 2014. London, United Kingdom.

November 10, 2014. London, United Kingdom.
Airport Operators Association.

October 23, 2014. New York, NY.
Jane Jacobs Forum.

October 22, 2014. Brooklyn, NY.
Makeshift Society.

October 10, 2014. Ottawa, ON.
Canada Council for the Arts.

October 9, 2014. Baltimore, MD.
Element Vehicle Management Services.

September 28-30, 2014. Los Angeles, CA.

September 22-23, 2014. Toronto, ON.

September 16, 2014. Detroit, MI.
Techonomy Detroit.

July 28, 2014. Los Angeles, CA.
Global Business Travel Association.

July 14, 2014. New York, NY.
Center for Architecture.

June 27-30, 2014. Aspen, CO.
Aspen Ideas Festival.

June 23-25, 2014. Denver, CO.
Clinton Global Initiative America.

June 20, 2014. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions.

June 19, 2014. Dallas, TX.
The Purpose City.

June 18, 2014. Mississauga, ON.
Element Fleet Management.

June 17, 2014. Dallas, TX.
New Cities Summit.

June 16, 2014. Dallas, TX.
Ericsson & UN Habitat.

June 10, 2014. Chicago, IL.

June 4, 2014. Venice, Italy.
STREAM Lectures at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

June 2, 2014. Montreal, QC.
Canadian Automobile Association.

May 21, 2014. New York, NY.
Internet Week New York.

May 20, 2014. Seattle, WA.

May 20, 2014. Seattle, WA.

May 16, 2014. Angeles City, Philippines.
Clark Aviation Conference 2014.

May 13, 2014. Manila, Philippines.
The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

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.

April 1, 2014. New York, NY.
Extrastatecraft: A Salon with Keller Easterling.

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.
WorkTech13 London.

November 18-19, 2013. Miami, FL.
NEST Forum.

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.
reSITE 2013.

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.
UCLA cityLab

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.
Brownfields 2013.

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.

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.
Cornell University.

May 21, 2012. Haifa, Israel.
Intel Labs Future of Work 2012 Summit

May 16, 2012. Louisville, KY
Kentucky CCIM

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.
CCIM Live.

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.
FedEx Corporation.

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.
Harvard Bookstore.

March 20, 2011. New York NY.
The Left Forum.

March 16, 2011. Atlanta, GA.
Atlantic Station.

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.
Singularity University.

June 9-10, 2010. Las Vegas, NV.
Realcomm 2010.

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.

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November 29, 2017  |  permalink

Aerial Futures: Leading Edge

Earlier this month, I was delighted to attend “Aerial Futures: Leading Edge,” the second symposia about the future of airports and cities organized by the Berlin-based agency PLANE-SITE. In addition to joining a behind-the-scenes tour of LAX and imagining how airports of the future might function, I was honored to moderate a discussion about airports-as-public-spaces featuring the Los Angeles Times’ architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, architect Curtis Fentress (of Denver International fame), Project for Public Space’s Cynthia Nikitin, and aviation consultant Andrew Vasey. A brief video recap is above.

UPDATE: Video from my panel, “Defining the Commons,” is posted below:

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November 20, 2017  |  permalink

From Mixed-Use to “Mixed-Up Use” Real Estate


If you’re free in New York on Dec. 6th, please join us at Good Goods in SoHo (121 Prince) for a special URBAN-X event on the future of real estate as categories like “offices” and “retail” become increasingly blurred together. Description and registration link below:

The urban mix has become mixed-up as retailers fear extinction at the hands of Amazon, hotels are being redesigned to feel like living rooms — or are living rooms courtesy of AirBnB — while knowledge workers are setting up shop in coworking spaces, restaurants and public places — anywhere but the office. What does it mean for cities when old paradigms such as the office tower, department store, factory, and park fall by the wayside or blur together? What are the opportunities and challenges when pop-ups proliferate because no one can meet the landlords’ asking price? When cafes prove more appealing than cubicles, and parks are more than the sum of their playgrounds?

Moderated by Greg Lindsay, writer, futurist and Urbanist-in-Residence at URBAN-X.

Featured panelists:

Eric Ho, CEO of Good Goods

Preston Pesek, CEO of Spacious

Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director at Gehl Institute

Free registration here.

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a senior fellow at NewCities and the director of strategy of its offshoot LA CoMotion — an annual urban mobility festival in the Arts District of Los Angeles. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, and is urbanist-in-residence at URBAN-X — BMW MINI’s urban tech accelerator.

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Articles by Greg Lindsay

CityLab  |  December 10, 2018

The State of Play: Connected Mobility in San Francisco, Boston, and Detroit

Harvard Business Review  |  September 24, 2018

Why Companies Are Creating Their Own Coworking Spaces

CityLab  |  July 2018

The State of Play: Connected Mobility + U.S. Cities

Medium  |  May 1, 2017

The Engine Room

Fast Company  |  January 19, 2017

The Collaboration Software That’s Rejuvenating The Young Global Leaders Of Davos

The Guardian  |  January 13, 2017

What If Uber Kills Public Transport Instead of Cars

Backchannel  |  January 4, 2017

The Office of the Future Is…an Office

New Cities Foundation  |  October 2016

Now Arriving: A Connected Mobility Roadmap for Public Transport

Inc.  |  October 2016

Why Every Business Should Start in a Co-Working Space

Popular Mechanics  |  May 11, 2016

Can the World’s Worst Traffic Problem Be Solved?

The New Republic  |  January/February 2016

Hacking The City

Fast Company  |  September 22, 2015

We Spent Two Weeks Wearing Employee Trackers: Here’s What We Learned

Fast Company  |  September 21, 2015

HR Meets Data: How Your Boss Will Monitor You To Create The Quantified Workplace

Inc.  |  March 2015

Which Contacts Should You Keep in Touch With? Let This Software Tell You

Inc.  |  March 2015

5 Global Cities of the Future

Global Solution Networks  |  December 2014

Cities on the Move

Medium  |  November 2014

Engineering Serendipity

New York University  |  October 2014

Sin City vs. SimCity

Harvard Business Review  |  October 2014

Workspaces That Move People

Inc.  |  April 2014

The Network Effect

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