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Mon, Jul 15


The Cooper Union - Foundation Building

Urban Futures Series / Stefan Al, PhD LEED AP / The Future of Mobility and How it Could Shape Cities

Senior Associate Principal at KPF, TED Resident

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Urban Futures Series / Stefan Al, PhD LEED AP / The Future of Mobility and How it Could Shape Cities
Urban Futures Series / Stefan Al, PhD LEED AP / The Future of Mobility and How it Could Shape Cities

Time & Location

Jul 15, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Cooper Union - Foundation Building, E 7th St, New York, NY, USA

About the event

Everyday more driverless cars are on the road, thanks to advances in automated driving technology and the increased popularity of shared mobility. But what does this mean for our streets and cities? Driverless cars not only have the potential to reduce traffic collisions and change the way how people travel, they also have the potential to fundamentally reshape our built environment and way of life.

As a Senior Associate Principal at KPF, Stefan Al contributes to a number of mixed-use transit-oriented developments, master plans, and high-rise towers. He has focused on pressing issues related to designing large-scale projects within the contemporary city, including smart mobility, high density and urban resilience.

A key component of his work is to support teams in mobility strategies. He is able to draw from his extensive research, including his co-authored book, Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places, winner of the National Urban Design Award and named possibly “the most influential book of this generation on land use and transportation.” He frequently gets invited to give insights on these topics to various audiences, culminating in his recent TED Talk, the “Future of Parking Spaces.”

Before joining the firm, Stefan served as a TED resident, professor of urban design at the University of Pennsylvania, and adviser to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Stefan started his career as a designer at Information Based Architecture in Amsterdam, winning the competition and commission for the 2000-feet tall Canton Tower, which briefly held the title of the world’s tallest tower. The project, known for its elegant silhouette and technological excellence, is the most popular attraction in Guangzhou and widely appreciated as a landmark throughout China.

Over the years, Stefan has published seven books on subjects related to urban design and urbanization, which have been widely reviewed and acclaimed including by the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record, The Times and NPR. In addition, he served as a director of urban design at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Hong Kong. He also co-taught an online course, Designing Cities, which has over 70,000 students. His recent TED ED video, “Will there ever be a mile-high skyscraper?”, has received close to a million views.


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