NYU Event - Wireless Communications and the Future of Cities

NYU Event - Wireless Communications and the Future of Cities


Presented by the Taub Urban Research Center

at New York University's

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Supported by an Urban Research Initiative grant from the National Science Foundation

April 2, 2003

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

100 Washington Square East

Hemmerdinger Hall

NYU Main Building, Room 102

If there was any doubt about the pervasiveness of wireless communications technologies in modern cities, it was swept away by the terrorist attacks of September 11. From the gridlock of East Coast cellular networks to the tracking of Al Qaeda leaders' satellite phones that crisis brought attention to the basic human needs for constant communications. Wireless communications are now interwoven through all aspects of modern urban life, both in crisis and in everyday activities.

This workshop will gather an inter-disciplinary group of scholars, thinkers, and practitioners to discuss the ways in which wireless communications are helping shape the future of cities as flexible, dynamic, and vibrant sites for human interaction. Do mobile phones make cities more livable or less? How do wireless interactions enhance or detract from our interactions with the people and places around us? What warning signs are there of negative outcomes from the spread of mass mobile communications? What demands are wireless users making on urban infrastructure and public spaces?

As we begin rebuilding lower Manhattan, it is essential that ourvisions address the important role of mass mobile communications on the future of cities. This workshop will attempt to reconcile the many ways in which people, cities, and wireless technologies are reshaping each other in the contemporary city.

Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access will be provided throughout the

duration of the conference. We will also provide a local chat system

for conference participants.

Continental breakfast will be served.

List of Speakers:

Richard Beckwith, People and Practices Research Group, Intel

John Gilbert, Rudin Management Company

Steven Johnson, Author

Mike Joroff, MIT School of Architecture

Mitchell L. Moss, NYU Taub Urban Research Center

Nick Noe, Policy Analyst, New York City Council

Richard O'Bryant, MIT

Jonah Peretti, Eyebeam Atelier

Howard Rheingold, Author

Terry Schmidt, NYCwireless

To Register:

For more information or to register for this free workshop, please

email [email protected] or call 212-998-7524.

Related Link: To learn more or to register please click here

For more information contact:

Todd Rufo
4 Washington Square North Rm 42
New York
NY 10003

Phone: 212-998-7524
Email: [email protected]

Posted March 10, 2003

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