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Sunday, July 28 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Session Option 3: From Smart Cities to Inclusive Cities

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By 2050, 68% of the world’s population will be living in cities. Cities are becoming the central governance system that disseminates knowledge, innovation while being exposed to complex shocks and stresses which can no longer be addressed by traditional urban planning practices. While urban planning is agile in adapting frontier technology to create efficient infrastructures, it often fails in keeping people at the center. Urban Renewal, Urban regeneration are examples of promoting positive ROI over long term socio-economic impact.  

Atlanta is one of 100 Resilient Cities selected by Rockefeller Foundation and one of the first US cities to increase its commitment towards the Paris Agreement ( f.e.100% renewable energy by 2030). This session will focus on how Atlanta's local government agencies and civil society (nonprofits) further the smart city agenda while keeping inclusion at the center. A few methodologies discussed will include participatory design, deep community engagement, art-as-a-solution, knowledge democratization among others.

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Ruxanda Renita

Co-Founder/CEO, Urban Catalyst Lab (UCL)
Ruxanda is Co-Founder and CEO of Urban Catalyst Lab (UCL), an Atlanta based nonprofit that works on positioning art-as-a-solution to urban resilience and sustainability; and an integrated component within urban planning. In her work with UCL, Ruxanda has worked to position both the... Read More →
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Sonia Sequeira

Community Engagement Manager, Atlanta City Studio
Sonia Sequeria is the current Curator of the Atlanta Hub, and currently works as the Community Engagement Manager at a pop-up design laboratory within the City of Atlanta's Department of City Planning.

Sunday July 28, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 153 at Emory School of Medicine