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John Tolva on how big data informs urban design

John TolvaJohn Tolva, Chicago’s tech guru, was recently interviewed on why Chicago is the locus for a new approach to urban design.

Last week, the Chicago Architecture Foundation opened “City of Big Data,” an exhibition about the relationship between information and design. John served as the lead advisor for this show, appropriating his expert knowledge on big data and how it is used in urban design.

But what, exactly, does big data tell us about architecture? Does it give us insight into the urban condition? Does it make places more livable, more equitable, more fun? Does it limn the contours of future cities?

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Gabe Klein: game-changing pioneer in urban design and transportation

Gabe KleinGreat chatting to Gabe Klein, who ran the city of Chicago’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) from 2011-2013.  While at CDOT, Gabe and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation and tech.  From publishing six groundbreaking plans for Chicago, to not just talking about Complete Streets, but putting it into practice, baking sustainability and livability into every project that CDOT undertakes.  The soon to be largest bikeshare program in the United States, Divvy, has already revolutionized how Chicagoans navigate their neighborhoods.

Gabe has a well-deserved reputation for getting stuff done, and he is much in demand for his insights on how cities need to innovate, and develop their services for the 21st century.

Read what the Chicago press made of Gabe’s time at CDOT here:

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