A Citizen-Centric Future City
Headed to South by Southwest? Learn more about the panelists contributing to the Citizen-Centric Future conversation and connect with them on social media.
What to expect from this panel: As we approach the second quarter of the 21st century there's a growing tension between the role of cities as centers of finance and capital, and vibrant places for people to live, work and flourish. How can a city remain accessible to the people keeping it alive, and move from looking at people as mere consumers to true citizens? Culture, housing, work, accessibility, affordability, mobility, and education are just a few of the puzzle pieces needed to create an urban community.
This panel invites an architect, a mobility expert, and a future-focused and people-led business leader to discuss the sustainable future of transformative urban design, creating space for more free mobility and engagement, and more personal human(e) connection to the landscape, to freedom and to health.
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Catherine Mathys — Moderator
La Société des Demains↗
Catherine has been working in media for over 20 years. With a sociological approach and a prospective outlook on technological transformations, she approaches possible futures with rigour and optimism. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.
In an increasingly complex and uncertain world, current planning tools are no longer sufficient. We’ve brought together our atypical backgrounds, our complementary practices and our expertise in futures studies, to offer you a complete range of foresight and business strategy services. We are La Société des demains.
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As COO for AREA 17, Hannah leads operations and production disciplines across the New York and Paris studios. Hannah’s expertise is in the future of work and the workplace, developing and implementing strategies and systems which allow interdisciplinary teams to thrive, and creating work environments that allow people to work in harmony with their personal lives.
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AREA 17 is a brand and digital product company on a mission to create a more open, resilient, and optimistic world. The team of 70+ work globally from their New York and Paris offices to craft brands and digital products that are fundamental to our interactions as people and become an enhancement to our life, not a distraction from it. They do this for the likes of Getty, Nike, Google, The New York Times and more.
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Jason Long is a Partner at OMA, leading the New York office and diverse portfolio in the Americas. Since joining the firm in 2003, Jason has brought a research-driven, interdisciplinary approach to a wide range of OMA’s projects internationally. Jason’s projects are characterized by a creative approach to adaptive reuse and preservation, and innovative approaches to recreation, public health, and equitable development.
OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by ten partners—Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora—and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Doha.
Rad Power Bikes↗
Founder & Chairmain
Mike Radenbaugh is the Founder and Chairman of Rad Power Bikes, the largest electric bike brand in North America and rapidly expanding throughout Europe. Charged with the conviction that electric bikes were the future of mobility, Mike set out to pioneer a new category of ebikes focused on power, utility, comfort, and accessible price points all supported by expert customer service. With nearly 600,000 riders worldwide, Rad Power Bikes is a leader of the burgeoning ebike movement.
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With over 550,000 riders across the globe, and more jumping in the saddle every day, Rad Power Bikes is committed to redefining transportation at large. As the pioneers of the direct-to-consumer ebike movement, they design products that address customers’ specific needs and empower them with the support to stay moving.