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Driverless Cars: Envisioning The City of the Future

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Driverless cars, otherwise known as autonomous vehicles (AVs), will be part of our future cities. This session will look at how AVs will inspire transformative changes in transportation and surely alter the urban landscape. How will neighborhoods and downtown streets look and function differently with AVs in the mix? Will AVs free up land for uses beyond parking and roadways? Will they encourage a new type of urban sprawl or facilitate more livable communities?We invite you to join the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Shared-Use Mobility Center for a roundtable discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, featuring experts discussing how AVs may influence development patterns and urban design.Roundtable Panelists:

  • Mary Wisniewski (moderator), Transportation Reporter and Getting Around Columnist, Chicago Tribune
  • Marshall Brown, founder of Marshall Brown Projects architecture and urban design studio, Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago. Brown creates visions for the future of urban environments and the integration of architecture, infrastructure and landscape.
  • Kelley Coyner, Senior Fellow at the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Coyner is an innovative transportation leader, practitioner and researcher who helps communities harness transformative automated vehicle technology.
  • Christopher Hall, Urban Strategy Leader in the City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago. Hall has worked in cities and regions around the globe on the implementation of transformative master planning and urban design projects.