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Building Better Futures Conference Keynote: Carlo Ratti

  • Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 United States (map)

Cities have made a remarkable comeback, however large swaths of their populations are being left behind. Developers, lenders, advocates, and policy makers work to mitigate these disparities by creating innovative solutions and opportunity through equitable development. Now more than ever, new approaches are required to make cities places where individuals and families can thrive. At the center of making this work are initiatives that put equity at their core and strive to find the right mix of public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots policies, investments, and strategies that serve the needs of all residents and workers.  

In Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development, U-M Taubman College will convene experts at the forefront of designing, financing, developing and promoting better buildings, better outcomes and better futures for all across race, income, age, ability, household type and geography. This conference will examine the ground-breaking policy mechanisms, design innovations, and financial incentives that connect communities, build wealth, and create frameworks to promote equity across demographics.

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum.