Smartness? Between Discourse and Practice



Plan Voisin, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret (1925)

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Scientific Committee


Michael Batty

is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) and lectures on the science underpinning the technology of cities, including big data and smart cities. He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, including Cities and Complexity (2005) and most recently The New Science of Cities (2013). He has been awarded the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud (generally known as the 'Nobel de Géographie') as well as the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and the Senior Scholars Award of the Complex Systems Society.

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Andrew Feenberg

is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Applied Communication and Technology Lab focusing on the philosophy of technology, critique of technology and science and technology studies. Feenberg’s primary contribution to the philosophy of technology is his argument for the democratic transformation of technology, which he has developed across The Critical Theory of Technology (1991), Alternative Modernity: The Technical Turn in Philosophy and Social Theory (1995), and Questioning Technology (1999). Most recently, Feenberg has authored Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason (2017).


Dan Hill

is an Associate Director at Arup, and Head of Arup Digital Studio, a multidisciplinary design team that helps develop transformative digital technology for cities, spaces, infrastructure, buildings and organisations. A digital designer and urbanist, Dan’s previous leadership positions have produced innovative, influential projects and organisations, ranging across built environment (Arup, Future Cities Catapult), education and research (Fabrica), government (SITRA), and media (BBC, Monocle), each one transformed positively via digital technology and a holistic approach to design. Dan is also a visiting professor at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London, as well as an adjunct professor at RMIT in Melbourne and at UTS in Sydney.


Geeta Mehta

is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP, and has worked on design projects in India, China, Austria, France, Ukraine, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Ghana and Kenya. She received her B. Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, M.S. AUD from Columbia GSAPP, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. Mehta is the founder and president of Asia Initiatives, a non-profit organization founded in 1999 that has supported over 200 micro credit banks, 40 village knowledge centres, and supported education and technology initiatives in partnership with MSSRF and other local partners in India and other developing countries.

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Antoine Picon

is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the GSD. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. Picon’s most recent books, Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Profession (2010) and Smart Cities: A Spatialised Intelligence (2015), offer a comprehensive overview of the changes brought by digital culture to architecture’s theory and practice, as well as to the planning and experience of the city. In 2010, he was elected a member of the French Académie des Technologies. He is Chevalier des Arts et Lettres since 2014. He is also Chairman of the Fondation Le Corbusier.

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Igea Troiani

is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. She is a trained architect, academic and filmmaker. She graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1992 achieving excellence in design and critical writing. Her PhD is a trans-disciplinary history of architectural practice from 1949-1987. She taught in two Schools of Architecture in Australia before joining Oxford Brookes University in 2005.  Troiani's research is built upon multi-disciplinary knowledge gained from visual culture studies, film production, sociology, gender studies, political science and economics and seeks to extend the limits of current architectural education, practice and publishing.


Organizing Committee

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Sergio M Figueiredo

is an architect, author, curator and historian. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture History and Theory at TU Eindhoven, where he also heads the Curatorial Research Collective (CRC), a fledgling curatorial and research group. Previously, as a Fulbright scholar, he completed a doctoral dissertation at UCLA while also being appointed Senior Lecturer of Architecture History and Theory at OTIS College for Art and Design. He has contributed to several publications, ranging from refereed articles on Places and ARQ, to op-eds on DomusWeb, and articles in Volume, as well as guest-editing an OASE special issue on architecture museums. His first book, The NAi Effect: Creating Architecture Culture, was published in 2016 by nai010.


Sukanya Krishnamurthy

is an Assistant Professor of Urbanism and Urban Architecture at the Faculty of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands). Her main focus lies at the interface of urban, social and cultural geography, where her scholarship analyses how cities can use their resources and values for better sustainable development. Within these fields, she has published on aggregated and individual socio-spatial practices; participatory practices and place-making; and cultural heritage and place identity. She has been a PI and team member on research projects in the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, and India.


Torsten Schröder

is a registered architect, designer, researcher and consultant. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Architectural Design & Engineering at TU Eindhoven. Torsten designed and realized a wide range of extraordinary building projects while working for Rem Koolhaas/Office for Metropolitan Architecture as architect and project leader and later began consulting for diverse international design firms, corporations and authorities with a focus on developing comprehensive design strategies for sustainability in specific architectural projects. Torsten completed his PhD research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he developed the analytical framework of ‘translation’ through which to explain how the concept of sustainability is continuously transformed as buildings materialise. He was awarded the 2015 RIBA President’s Award for outstanding PhD Research.