One of the 12 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. On June 19, 2018, a conference was held at the UN in New York City on the topic of “The Role of Technology Implementing the New Urban Agenda to Achieve Sustainable Development.”
I was honored to speak on the panel on Emerging Technologies and address “Cities and Robots,” based on my recently co-edited book Towards A Robotic Architecture. The panel was chaired by H.E. Mr. Michal Mlynar, Permanent Representative of Slovak Republic to the United Nations, and moderated by Prof. Urs Gauchat, CSU, Dean Emeritus, NJIT College of Architecture and Design.
My fellow panelists include Mr. John Paul Farmer, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft; Mr. Jason Whittet, Associate Director in Innovation in Urban Data and Technology, Rockefeller Foundation; Prof. Sarah Williams, Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning; Director, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT School of Architecture and Planning; and Prof. Philip Bernstein, FAIA RIBA LEED AP, Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer, Yale School of Architecture.
Images courtesy the United Nations.