Thursday, April 2, 2015 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Northwest Labs B101, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Future of Suburban Mobility: Out of Town: Where are we going and how do we get there?

The Harvard Energy Journal Club Presents:

Out of Town: Where are we going and how do we get there?

With Discussants:
Ryan C. Chin, Managing Director, City Science Initiative and Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Matthew George, CEO, Bridj
Jane Philbrick, Harvard GSD MDes '16
Simon Zemp, ETH Zurich Architecture  MSc '15

Spatially diffuse, suburban communities are by definition car dependent.  Densification, urbanist David Wachsmuth observes, proliferating single-family detached housing without commensurate investment in transportation infrastructure, has transformed commuting patterns from “the sum of one million point-A-to-point-B commutes” to “one million personal metropolitan areas.” Aging populations present another challenge to increasingly congested suburban mobility. Twentieth-century suburbia’s twenty-first-century mobility challenges will likely not be met retrospectively, per urban transportation solutions, in last-century material – hardware – innovation. Join us for a discussion on how to get suburban mobility up to speed.

Sponsored by the Harvard Energy Journal Club and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Contact Name: 

Robert Gustafson

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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