Spring 2016 Student Lecture Series

Now available to watch: 

Anssi Lassila 
January 12

City Future Symposium
January 13

Ann Beha and Steven Gerrard
February 17

Eva Franch i Gilabert
March 2

Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz
March 9

Chris Reed
April 6


City Future Symposium

City Future Symposium

© Boston Architectural College; Video by: Matt Gelineau

January 13, 2016

City Future Symposium focuses on the important roles innovative spatial design, governmental policy and applied science will have in the creation of healthy and sustainable cities in the coming decades.

Featured participants are Dr. S. Atyia Martin, Boston's first Chief Resilience Officer, Stijn Koole, Landscape Architect and Partner at Bosch Slabbers, and Erin Baumgartner, Assistant Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab. 

Dr. S. Atyia Martin was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller foundation. She is also adjunct faculty at Northeastern University in the Master of Homeland Security program. Previously, Dr. Martin was the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). In this role, she is responsible for coordinating public health, healthcare, and community health preparedness; emergency management coordination among the public health and healthcare system via the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center; psychological trauma response coordination, and education and training through the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness.

Stijn Koole is an experienced landscape architect with nine years of working experience at the firm Bosch Slabbers. Stijn is working on a broad pallet of multi-scale design projects in The Netherlands and United States of America, of which several are water-related. He controls the complex matter of turning spatial problems into opportunities for (safe) housing, recreational purposes and gaining ecological and spatial qualities. Cooperating with architects, government officials (local, regional and national), developing companies and engineers is part of his daily work.

Erin Baumgartner is the Assistant Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and guides the Lab's research agenda and industrial and non-profit partnerships. SENSEable City Lab is multidisciplinary research group that studies the interface between cities, people, and technologies, and Erin's focus is on the crucial step of implementation, spanning the urban, organizational, and individual scales. Prior to joining SENSEable City, Erin was the Managing Director of the MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) in France, Switzerland and Belgium. She holds an MA from New York University and spent many years living and working in France.

This symposium was supported by funds from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.