Join Urban Design Forum, The Architectural League of New York, and the League’s digital publication, Urban Omnibus, for a discussion on the role of public knowledge in citymaking with Shannon Mattern, Karen Fairbanks, Farzana Gandhi, Shawn Rickenbacker, and Dan Taeyoung.

The ‘smart city’ framework often abstracts urban processes with metaphors that compare cities to computers, dashboards, or algorithms. Yet the oversimplification of these metaphors can lead to the rebuff of local knowledge. In her most recent book A City Is Not a Computer, Shannon Mattern explores how centering community-based information over big data or “intelligent” systems can support equitable citymaking and a more just design process.

For this discussion, we will convene architects, planners, and creative technologists to respond to themes on community design, civic data, libraries, and maintenance. Shannon Mattern will provide an introduction of A City Is Not a Computer, followed by a discussion with Karen Fairbanks, Farzana Gandhi, Shawn Rickenbacker, and Dan Taeyoung.

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This event is presented in partnership with The Architectural League of New York, a premier independent cultural organization in the United States dedicated to developing and advancing architecture and the related arts as critical components of a vital culture, and Urban Omnibus, the League’s online publication dedicated to observing, understanding, and shaping the city.