Panel: Urban Systems Collaborative

Today I worked with John Tolva to lead an interactive session on improving information systems within and between the various actors and sectors that make up a city at the Urban Systems Collaborative meeting at the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Here’s the full agenda for the day:

8:50        Welcome – Colin Harrison, IBM

9:00        Plenary

Speaker #1 – what are urban systems, how do we understand and document them

John Tolva, Chicago’s Chief Technology Officer (15 mins)

Speaker #2 – use of software tools in collaborative urban planning and design

Ethan Seltzer, Portland State University, Urban Studies and Planning (15 mins)

Speaker #3 – use of software tools to build civic engagement

Frank Hebbert, OpenPlans (15 mins)

Speaker #4 – overview of the study project, LakeShore East (10 mins)

9:55        Q & A

10:15     Break

10:30     Wiring diagrams for each of the following 4 groups (15 mins each)

·         Property developers & financiers:

Constantine Kontakosta, NYU real estate professor and Magellen (to be identified by Keith and Peter)

·         Urban planners & architects:

Keith Besserud and Richard Wilson, SOM

·         City agency leaders:

Karen Weigert, Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer; Gabe Klein, Commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Transportation; and Benet Haller, Dept. of Housing and Economic Development

·         Community leaders & citizen programmers:

Frank Hebbert, OpenPlans and Bob O’Neill, Grant Park Conservancy

11:30     Discussion of points of connection and disconnection in the above examples. Who will facilitate?

12:30     Lunch – Bob Schloss, IBM

1:30        Improving our information systems

Based on what we learned in the morning session, John Tolva and Dan O’Neil of Smart Chicago Collaborative will lead an interactive session on improving information systems within and between the various actors and sectors that make up a city

3:30        Break

3:45        Closing Speaker: Building civic systems in and between cities

Chris Vein, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation

4:30        Adjourn