CAF's The BIG IDEA: Intersections of Design and Big Data

  • CAF Lecture Hall 224 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL, 60604 United States

Author, urbanist, and highly sought speaker Vishaan Chakrabarti visits the Chicago Architecture Foundation for an evening lecture and dialogue with noted architectural commenter Reed Kroloff. Through his work with SHoP Architects, Chakrabarti has played a significant role in the redevelopment of New York’s Atlantic Yards, including the design of Barclays Center.

His recent treatise, A Country of Cities (2013), outlines the case that well-designed cities are the key driver in solving many of America’s great national challenges. For this program, Chakrabarti will discuss emerging design and planning practices arising from our ever-increasing access to big data sets. 25 years ago, computer-aided design revolutionized the practice of architecture and excited the public with new possibilities of form. In harnessing big data, might conditions be ripe for architects to help us glimpse the future, again?

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