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Fall 2016 schedule


September 26, 6:00 pm
The Biometrics of Placemaking- Why we need buildings to see us.
Ann Sussman AIA, co-author of Cognitive Architecture,
Janice Ward,
Vernon Woodworth FAIA,
The speakers will explore how subconscious behaviors govern our experience in the built environment and how 'seeing' these hidden predispositions with biometric tools can help us understand what makes places successful. They will review eye-tracked images from their June cover story in Planning Magazine. They will also discuss our human-centric perception and the fact that seeing and being seen by others is important and that we are happiest and most at ease around objects that seem to ‘see’ us too.

October 24, 2016
Big Data for Small Places
Elizabeth Christoforetti and Will Cohen,
Supernormal is a design and planning practice that uses data to inform and improve urban development outcomes. Elizabeth Christoforetti and Will Cohen will discuss how their work systematizes the use of quantitative data and translates it into qualitative place-based recommendations. These efforts are reflected in their study of the public realm in Downtown Crossing, and in their project to create a set of planning and design metrics for urban and suburban conditions in cities across the U.S.

November 7, 2016
The Value of Light in Urban Placemaking
Moderator: Todd Lee FAIA,
A distinguished panel will discuss the principles behind using lighting to help reinforce the perceptions of place in cities, examples of local area installations, the efforts to place-make in Boston’s Fort Point Channel using light and brand it as a nighttime destination, and future plans for the Congress Street Bridge. The panel will include Keith Yancey, Lam Partners; Ben Colburn, Light Boston; and David Dixon, Stantec.

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