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Gabi Bila

Gabi Bila

Tuesday — Wednesday
October 1, 2019 —
October 2, 2019

This City Science Summit explores a future WITHOUT top-down and increasingly obsolete systems. 90% of 21st century urban growth is expected to happen in the vast shantytowns of informal settlements, or in cities with almost nonexistent or collapsing infrastructure . What if heavy infrastructure can be replaced WITH lightweight, distributed and ultimately autonomous systems? We will explore the possible convergence of two powerful forces:

1.     Extreme Urbanization.  By 2050, 68% of the population will be urban, which means that most of the global population growth, wealth creation, innovation, energy consumption, and CO2 generation will be concentrated in cities.  How cities develop over the next twenty years will largely determine our ability to address the grand societal challenges of our era, from climate change to public health.

2.     Ubiquitous Autonomous Systems.  While “smart city” technology can be useful, it is mostly focused on the optimization of existing legacy systems.  Emerging technology, however, promises to fundamentally transform nearly every aspect of how we live, work, learn, produce, move, and consume, and it requires not only technological improvements but also a huge change of the global mindset.

A diverse group of speakers and panelists will convene to discuss these new opportunities in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie followed by a day of workshops and conversations.  

In addition, Lord Norman Foster, Nicholas Negroponte, Gesa Ziemer and Kent Larson will discuss the "Power of WITHOUT" and how these ideas could improve the lives of the 3.5 billion humans projected to live in slums and informal settlements without access to conventional infrastructure.  A series of focused presentations and panel discussions will outline future possibilities for:

Mobility WITHOUT Cars
Sanitation WITHOUT Sewers
Energy WITHOUT Carbon


Medicine WITHOUT Doctors
Learning WITHOUT Schools
Symphonies WITHOUT Orchestras


Order WITHOUT Planning
Building WITHOUT Architects
Governance WITHOUT Bureaucrats


Economies WITHOUT Currency
Access WITHOUT Ownership

Agenda - October 1 - Elbphilharmonie
Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Hamburg, Germany

1pm - 2pm The Power of Without

Lord Norman Foster
Nicholas Negroponte

Followed by conversation with:
Gesa Ziemer and Kent Larson

2 to 4pm – Lightning Talks
5 minute lightning talks presented by the City Science Network

Stay tuned as we announce final talks and speakers. 

Agenda - October 2 - HafenCity Universitat

Uberseeallee 16
Hamburg, Germany

7:30 am – Urban workout
8:30 am – Breakfast
9:30am – Event Day 2, Welcome
10 to 11:30 - Workshops presented in parallel

Workshops to include:

Mobility WITHOUT Cars
Development WITHOUTFormality
Learning WITHOUT Schools
Decision Making WITHOUTGovernance
and Cities WITHOUT Art

11:30 – Coffee break

12 to 1:30 - Workshops presented in parallel

1:30 – Lunch and networking

3 to 4:30 – Workshops presented in Parallel

5:00 – Joint Session wrap up, presentation of workshop documentation

5:30 – Event Close

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