New Tools for Science Policy - Design thinking, sustainability and the future city

Friday, February 28, 2014

The perceived future impacts of emerging technologies, including nanotechnology, hinge largely on the conventional risk-benefit paradigm. This paradigm oversimplifies the complexity and inter-linkages between technological innovation and the evolution of urban form.  In this “New Tools for Science Policy” seminar, we will offer scenarios as an alternative approach to consider complex socio-technical systems and contemplate the values and forces that underlay different manifestations of urban form.  Through our research, we have co-constructed two divergent scenarios portraying nanotechnology innovation and its implications for the future urban form of the city.  We will introduce these scenarios through a short, fifteen-minute film to spark a discussion on the urban form and lived experience of the city in 2050.  A moderated plenary discussion will follow the film in an effort to highlight how policy-makers, businesses and academic researchers focused on energy efficiency and renewable materials can trigger positive, lasting changes in our cities.  Our goal is to spark new ideas about design thinking, sustainability and the future city.

Darren Petrucci is an architect and professor in The Design School at Arizona State University where he served as School Director from 2005-2012. He is the founder and principal of A-I-R  [Architecture-Infrastructure-Research] Inc., and its mirror company R-I-A  [Redefining-Innovation- Agency] Inc. He received both a Master’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree of Architecture & Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His design thinking work focuses on leading, teaching, and consulting with collaborative transdisciplinary teams that work toward transformative design solutions to complex problems. He is a member of the Como Innovation Summit , a recipient of the New York Architecture League’s  “Emerging Voices” award, the winner of a Progressive Architecture Award, a Record House Award , and two NCARB Prizes  for excellence in teaching and practice.  


Rider Foley is a post-doctoral scholar with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.  Dr. Foley is also engaged in the Sustainability Science for Teachers at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College as a Faculty Associate.  Additionally, he is a Research Collaborator at the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Sustainable Sustainability Science Education Project.  Dr. Foley holds a Ph.D. in sustainability from Arizona State University, and a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from University of New Hampshire. Before earning his doctorate, he has worked for Triumvirate Environmental Inc. as a general manager in Connecticut and sat on an advisory board to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Services during that time.



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