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City Science, a talk by Kent Larson

Kent Larson will be speaking at the BSA on March 6, 2014, as part of the UD Committee's 2014 lecture series.

Kent Larson will propose that urban livability and economic vitality can be significantly improved while, at the same time, resource consumption dramatically reduced.    He will present a vision for cities created by a network of compact neighborhoods, or “Resilient Urban Cells,” where:

  • Places of work, culture, shopping, and play are within a 20-minute walk of every resident.

  • Co-working facilities, 3rd places, and shared resources support innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Transformable, hyper-efficient apartments make urban life affordable for young professionals.

  • Shared alternatives to the private automobile are more convenient, affordable, and pleasurable.

  • Traffic congestion and local sources of air pollution are essentially eliminated.

  • Electrical micro-grids, locally produced renewables, and storage create resilient energy networks.

  • Advanced urban agriculture systems efficiently delivery high-quality produce and solve food security problems.

  • Innovative technology and trust networks enable powerful new applications that improve the life of each resident.

He will describe how this vision can be achieved through the integrated application of next-generation design strategies, innovative technology, creative engagement with industry, and enlightened public policy.