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UMass Boston Planning - Fall Lecture

Thursday, September 01, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Planning in the Era of Smart Urbanism

The Graduate Program in Urban Planning and Community Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston is pleased to announce its Fall Planning Lecture. Professor Rob Kitchin, an internationally recognized economic geographer, from the National University of Ireland - Maynooth will address, "Planning in the era of smart urbanism" on Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30pm at the UMass Club in Boston. Please see the attached flyer for additional details. The lecture is being co-sponsored by APA-MA, BSA, MAPC, MAPD, MACDC, BRA, and the Mel King Institute. It is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Rochelle Hall at:

Professor Kitchin has described his lecture as follows: Over the past three decades city infrastructure and services have increasingly become digitally networked, programmable and data-driven. Moreover, citizens now regularly use mobile spatial media to mediate their spatial behavior and urban experiences and share information via crowdsourced platforms. As a result we are ever more living in the era of smart urbanism -- city systems can be operationally managed dynamically using algorithms processing urban big data, citizens can access and contribute live information about the city, and planners and policy makers can redeploy new streams of data to model and plan the city with increasing granularity. The development of smart urbanism poses opportunities and challenges for urban planning, reshaping how we come to know and govern cities, and this talk will examine these drawing on research conducted in Boston and Dublin.

We hope you will consider attending this exciting planning practice/policy lecture. If you have suggestions for future lecture topics, please feel free to send them to me at:


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