The conversation will incorporate three different perspectives on Place and Technology, moderated by journalist Laura Washington.
Sustainable Regional Economy
Scott Bernstein, founder and President of CNT
As the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Scott Bernstein leads CNT’s work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally. Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation, a Board Member of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Congress for the New Urbanism, and is a member of the Urban History Association, which includes urbanists old and new. At Reinventing Chicago, Scott will be discussing Sustainable Regional Economy.
Andres Duany, Duany Plater-Zybeck & Co., noted architect and co-founder of Congress of the New Urbanism
Andrés Duany is a world-renowned architect and urban planner, best-known as a primary leader of the New Urbanism school since the 1980s. Andrés sees New Urbanism, the system of urban planning that places emphasis on walkability and self-contained community, as a reaction to and antithesis of suburban sprawl. Andrés’ goal is to stop Americans from driving and reduce their carbon emissions by designing for them spaces in which they can walk to their destinations easily. Andrés and his wife’s most famous creation is Seaside, Florida, which was used as the set for the film The Truman Show. Andrés will be discussing Urban Form at Reinventing Chicago.
John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago
John Tolva is the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago. He’s made it one of his major goals to work with the city’s systems for more transparency of government, providing open access online to all information collected by the city. In the past, John worked as the director for Citizenship and Technology for IBM, and in that capacity as well as his current, he has worked with corporate, social, and environmental technology projects. At Reinventing Chicago, John will be discussing Technology.
Moderated by Laura Washington
For Reinventing Chicago’s moderator, we are lucky to have Laura Washington, an established and experienced Chicago journalist. Her work has included work in subjects like race relations, social justice, and local and national politics, and she has been honored with more than two dozen local and national awards for her work. She has taught and lectured at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
The moderated conversation will be followed by informal group discussions where guests explore ideas raised by the speakers.