Boston Futures Group: Enhanced Transit and Mobility

MON, JUL 20, 2015 (12:24)

In the Spring and Summer of 2015, as Boston shaped its bid to host the 2024 Olympic games, the MIT School of Architecture and Planning hosted a discussion addressing the city’s transportation future, upgrades to the Green and Red Lines, and conversations about transportation alternatives. Panelists discuss how Boston 2024’s efforts can continue the city’s path towards identifying and implementing new transport solutions for the future. Boston Futures: 2024 and Beyond Boston Futures is a community discussion series about the future of Boston and how Boston’s Olympic and Paralympic bid might help us achieve a shared vision for that future. Free and open to the public, these conversations will explore how hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 could help catalyze progress on key initiatives and ideas that will define Boston in the year 2030, the city’s 400th anniversary, and beyond. Boston Futures is co-organized by Boston 2024, Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Northeastern University School of Architecture, ULI Boston, and The Venture Café. To learn more, visit the Boston Futures: 2024 and Beyond series page.

+ BIO: Stacy Thompson

Stacy is the Executive Director of LivableStreets, overseeing all programs including Vision Zero, Better Buses, and the Emerald Network, and ensuring overall programmatic and operational excellence for the organization.

A relentless optimist, Stacy is undaunted by the many challenges facing Metro Boston today, including increasing access to jobs and affordable housing, improving safety and public health outcomes, and building climate resiliency. Stacy believes that improving our streets isn’t simply a transportation issue, but one of justice, equity, and opportunity.

Previously Stacy served as the Director of Events & Sponsorship at Ceres, where she developed the strategic focus, content, and communications strategy for Ceres’ major events. She also worked for the Office for Peace and Justice at the Archdiocese of Chicago where she collaborated with community partners to organize educational forums and supported a broad array of social justice initiatives. She has a Master of Arts in Social Justice from Loyola University, Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Saint Vincent College.

+ BIO: Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has co-authored over 200 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ratti’s Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by _Time_ as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. He has been included in _Esquire’s_ Best and Brightest list, in _Blueprint’s_ 25 People who will Change the World of Design and in _Forbes’_ People you need to know in 2011. Ratti was a presenter at TED 2011 and is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management.

+ BIO: Wendy Landman

Wendy Landman has served as Executive Director of WalkBoston since 2004. She has led the organization’s growth into a statewide advocacy presence and works with leaders in state and municipal government as well as the non-profit community to broaden the impact of WalkBoston. Wendy serves on the Board of America Walks and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Prior to joining WalkBoston Wendy was a planning consultant for more than 25 years, with a focus on transportation, land use and master planning, and management of large environmental impact assessments. Wendy holds SB and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT, and a Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh.

+ BIO: Kent Larson

Kent Larson directs the Media Lab’s Changing Places group. Since 1998, he has also directed the MIT House_n research consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning. His current research is focused on four related areas: responsive urban housing, new urban vehicles, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, The New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by The New York Times Review of Books. Related work was selected by Time magazine as a “Best Design of the Year” project.

+ BIO: Sheila Kennedy

Sheila Kennedy and her partner, Frano Violich, are founding Principals of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd. (KVA), an interdisciplinary design practice that explores new relationships between architecture, digital technology and emerging public needs. The work of KVA has been recognized by National Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architecture, Progressive Architecture Awards, Industrial Design Excellence Awards, and the Public Work Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. Kennedy’s research and work in architecture have also been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Sciences. She has served as an advisor to the US Department of Energy, the National Academy of Sciences’ Government-Industry Partnerships, and the Vision 2020 National Technology Roadmap. Kennedy’s work has appeared in Material Ultra Material (Harvard University, 2002), Extreme Textiles, (Princeton, 2005), Open House: Designs for Intelligent Living, (Vitra Design Museum, 2006) and Design for the Other 90% (2007). Kennedy lectures widely and her work has been featured in journals of architecture, design culture, anthropology and optoelectronics, as well as National Public Radio, United Nations Radio, the Discovery Channel, BBC World News, Wired, Science News, Der Spiegel Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and The New York Times.

Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation