Technology-Focused Sessions from NPC17

How Technology Will Shape Urban Density

Density is the essence of cities. Every new technology affects the value of density, making it either more or less valuable — and making urban life either more or less attractive as a result. From ride-sharing to computer vision to autonomous vehicles, it is clear that digital technology will transform cities. But will 21st century technology make cities more attractive, or less? Join as Rohit Aggarwala of Sidewalk Labs delves into these complex issues surrounding the future of technology' s role in the realm of planning. Rohit will draw on insights gained from his vast experience from his time as Director of New York City' s Long-Term Planning and Sustainability to his current work leading many of Sidewalk Labs innovative projects.

More Great Technology Sessions from NPC17

3D Solutions for Comprehensive Planning

Explore how 3D GIS can inspire and guide city planning initiatives by combining the scientific power of GIS with 3D city modeling to facilitate data visualization, scenario impact simulations, and storytelling.

Taking Flight with Drones: Uses in Planning and Issues of Regulation

Learn about how the federal, state, and local legal issues surrounding drones are developed with an emphasis of the need to resolve unnecessary conflicts between full use of drones in planning and the need to protect the public safety and civil rights.

Beyond PDFs: Publishing Online Zoning Codes

The printed page is not extinct, but electronic publishing is becoming a standard format for the digital age. From page-flipping online documents to custom-made web sites, there are dozens of applications and services for publishing documents online. But which methods are best for publishing long, highly structured documents like zoning codes online, and how does one approach this task with little or no web design experience?

Driverless Cars: Changing How You Plan

The technological development of driverless cars has been impressive. What seemed like fiction only a few years ago is now imminent. Research shows not only that the technology is closer to being "safe" than we think but also that the market for autonomous vehicles is large — and their impacts on city life will vary significantly depending on how they are introduced, owned, and managed.

Greater Sustainability with Autonomous Vehicles?

It is possible that in some travel markets shared mobility fails to gain traction, and automated vehicles only induce demand for driving and owning more household vehicles. Possible implications for transit and the built environment also vary significantly between utopian and dystopian scenarios. While the future may seem too uncertain to proactively implement progressive policies, there are concrete actions planners, decision-makers, and other stakeholders can take to embrace technological change while furthering sustainability goals.

Applying Big Data to Small Projects

Big data from mobile devices can be a powerful tool for transportation planners who don' t have the resources for intensive travel studies. Learn how to gather and deploy big data by studying successful projects in California and Virginia and hearing from the key players involved in them.

Future-Ready City: Planning for Broadband

Broadband is the cornerstone of your smart city. Turbocharge your community and improve sustainability, education, healthcare and quality of life with high-speed connectivity. Learn how to accelerate broadband planning and leverage digital infrastructure to regulate city assets for greater efficiency.