Design and the Post-Pandemic City

A conversation with Bruce Mau

Presented during Urban October at the University of Chicago 

Design and the Post-Pandemic City: A conversation with Bruce Mau

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
1:30-2:30pm CT

Mansueto Institute via Zoom
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 

Are cities under attack?  The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is hitting large cities around the world hard, like no other event in living memory. Its deadly spread exposes the assumptions upon which urban environments are based: density, interdependence, personal interchange, and collective action. The cracks and flaws in the urban fabrics of even the most successful cities—inequality, precariousness, high cost of living—have also been exposed and found wanting. Cities are on trial, and the accusers are asking for a judgement: Will cities die or will they be redeemed? 

Will this be the turning point to a deeper understanding of what cities are? A new appreciation of their messy but critical role in human societies? The advent of fundamentally better urban planning and design that works with cities and not against them?

This discussion with world-renowned designer and urbanist Bruce Mau—author of Massive Change and MC24—will explore what design is, how it is all around us in cities, and how understanding and applying design principles offers new pathways for creating fundamentally better cities, beyond current crisis management. 

The conversation will blend design thinking with emerging insights from urban science to demonstrate systemic approaches for imagining the future of cities in a post-pandemic world. Watch the video recording here >


Featured Speakers:

Bruce Mau, Founder, Bruce Mau Studio, Co-Founder and CEO, Massive Change Network

Luis Bettencourt, Inaugural Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

Tomoko Ichikawa, Clinical Professor, IIT Institute of Design 

Dawveed Scully, Associate, SOM 

Moderated by Anne Dodge, Executive Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

Sponsored by the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Co-hosted with Mansueto Institute’s Urban Architecture and Design Initiative in partnership with UChicago Arts during Urban October.