City Future Symposium :: 1.13.16

City Future Symposium

Wednesday, January 13th
Cascieri Hall
6:00 PM
*Free and open to the public*

The BAC's School of Design Studies invites you to join us for City Future on Wednesday, January 13, at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall. This symposium is open to the public and aimed at Boston-area design professionals as well as the BAC's distance education community who will be on campus.

The symposium will focus on the important roles innovative spatial design, governmental policy and applied science will have in the creation of healthy and sustainable cities in the coming decades.

Dr. Atiya Martin, Boston's first Chief Resilience Officer, Stijn Koole, Landscape Architect and Partner at Bosch Slabbers, and Erin Baumgartner, Assistant Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, will be among the participants.

Dr. S. Atyia Martin was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller foundation. She is also adjunct faculty at Northeastern University in the Master of Homeland Security program. Previously, Dr. Martin was the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). In this role, she is responsible for coordinating public health, healthcare, and community health preparedness; emergency management coordination among the public health and healthcare system via the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center; psychological trauma response coordination, and education and training through the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness...learn more.

Stijn Koole is an experienced landscape architect with nine years of working experience at the firm Bosch Slabbers. Stijn is working on a broad pallet of multi-scale design projects in The Netherlands and United States of America, of which several are water-related. He controls the complex matter of turning spatial problems into opportunities for (safe) housing, recreational purposes and gaining ecological and spatial qualities. Cooperating with architects, government officials (local, regional and national), developing companies and engineers is part of his daily work...learn more.

Erin Baumgartner is the Assistant Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and guides the Lab's research agenda and industrial and non-profit partnerships. SENSEable City Lab is multidisciplinary research group that studies the interface between cities, people, and technologies, and Erin's focus is on the crucial step of implementation, spanning the urban, organizational, and individual scales. Prior to joining SENSEable City, Erin was the Managing Director of the MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) in France, Switzerland and Belgium. She holds an MA from New York University and spent many years living and working in France.

This symposium is supported by funds from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.