Balancing Act Exhibit Explores How Technology Can Develop a More Human Urban Experience
CBT is pleased to announce the opening of Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies, on display at the Boston Society of Architects May 17–September 27, 2019. Designed and curated by the CBT exhibition team, Balancing Act examines the current conditions of our urban environments and the possibility of a more human-centered future for emerging technologies in the design and development of cities around the world.
As technology innovation and urban population continue to increase, the symbiotic relationship between cities and technology has become imperative to not only achieve efficiency in economy and convenience, but also to provide higher quality of life. Whether by autonomous automobiles, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), smart buildings, or Hyperloop tunnels, the urban experience is undergoing remarkable transformations and there is a growing urgency to find balance between technology and urban life.
Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies poses a series of questions exploring ways to focus technology on the human experience so that our cities may become more livable, equitable, and sustainable. Components include a timeline that contextualizes technology advancements, a video expressing different perspectives, an interactive projection of current technological forces, and graphic exploration of ongoing initiatives that are driving the integration of emerging technologies in our cities.
Contributing sponsors include Existing Conditions and Pickard Chilton. The American Institute of Architects has provided a grant to support traveling Balancing Act to select component chapters across the United States.
• Current Forces Interactive Mapping—CBT, Certain Measures
• Urban Technology Timeline—CBT
Projects on view include:
• Beta Blocks—Supernormal and Engagement Lab
• Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism—NACTO
• City Scanner—MIT Senseable City Lab
• CityWays—MIT Senseable City Lab
• Complex Urbanities—MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab
• Downtown Crossing—Supernormal
• Form Maps—Certain Measures
• Fuel Station of the Future—Foster + Partners and Nissan
• Future of Streets—City Form Lab
• Public Square—FXCollaborative
• Reality Model—Aerial Genomics
• Sky Tower—Pickard Chilton with Arup and Uber
• Treepedia—MIT Senseable City Lab
• Underworlds—MIT Senseable City Lab
• Urban Network Analysis—City Form Lab
• Computing Co-Operative Development—MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab
• Hyperloop—Virgin Hyperloop One
Urbanistic Imaginations on view include:
• Autonomous Block—CBT
• Fuel Cell Futurisms—op.AL and Bureau 0-1
• Augmented Reality City—Simplex Architecture
Interviews on View
• Andrew Witt—Certain Measures, Harvard GSD
• Daniel O’Brien—Boston Area Research Initiative, Northeastern University
• Elizabeth Christoforetti—Supernormal
• Eric Gordon—Engagement Lab, Emerson College
• Ever Drewicz
• Fábio Duarte—MIT Senseable City Lab
• Richard Bertman, Courtney Costello, Sae Kim—CBT
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