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Young Leaders Group Presents: Data-Driven Placemaking

January 16, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fort Point Room at Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210 United States


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“Smart city technologies” affect a range of issues, from mobility and transit to sustainability and construction methods. This program will focus on how decision-makers are using data to enhance placemaking and the outdoor experience. Learn from experts how to translate meaningful data collection into successful development, planning, and design.

  • How can owners develop better places while addressing the broader public concerns and still achieve their desired bottom lines?
  • How can government agencies provide flexible regulatory approaches to allow experimentation?

Our panelists will discuss how we can harness technology carefully for our collective cultural benefit in the public realm.

Our Panelists are: 
Kris Carter, Co-Chair,  Mayor’s Office for New Urban Mechanics
Elizabeth Christoforetti, Founding Principal, Supernormal
Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President- Boston Region, Boston Properties
Brian Swett, Principal: Director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate, Arup
Moderator: Vita Shklovsky, Associate Development Manager, Lendlease


Kris Carter, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Kris Carter is a non-practicing engineer, an optimistic urban planner, and a self-taught filmmaker. New Urban Mechanics is the City of Boston’s human-centered civic R&D lab, working collaboratively with research institutions, civic entrepreneurs, and government agencies to explore and prototype what’s new and next in cities. With the Mechanics, Kris oversees a wide portfolio of prototypes while also leading the City’s mobility and public realm work, including the management of the Boston’s autonomous vehicle research efforts. Prior to leading the Mechanics, Kris ran the City’s bicycle program, served as an advisor to Mayor on the creation of the Innovation District, and helped operationalize One Fund Boston in response to the Marathon bombings.


Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti, Founding Principal, Supernormal 

Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti is founding principal at Supernormal, a practice that bridges the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning with the goal of bringing increased sensitivity and systematization to design practice using improved quantitative methods. Her work pays careful attention to urban systems, human cultures, and the evolving constraints of physical development; it utilizes new analytic techniques to prioritize methods of understanding and projecting change over time and change over location as first principles in design practice.


Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President, Boston Properties

Bryan is responsible for overseeing all operations, development and new business opportunities for the Boston region of Boston Properties. The portfolio of properties includes the Prudential Center, 200 Clarendon, Atlantic Wharf, Kendall Center, and Marriott Hotel Cambridge, totaling over 13.5 million square feet of commercial office and retail space.

While at Boston Properties, Bryan has developed over 2.7 million square feet of commercial office space. Projects include Atlantic Wharf: Boston’s First Green skyscraper, 77 CityPoint: New England’s First Speculative Green Office Building located in Waltham and, 111 Huntington Avenue: A 36 story high-rise in Boston’s Back Bay.


Brian Swett, Principal: Director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate, Arup 

Brian leads the work of Arup in the Americas to integrate its advisory services with its key strengths in design, engineering and planning, delivered in the city context. He is a nationally recognized leader in resilience, climate change and sustainability strategy with over a decade of leadership experience in municipal government, real estate development, federal government, and non-profit sectors. Brian brings a breadth of experience on the government and private sides of sustainable urban development and management that allows him to deliver integrated and actionable strategies and solutions for major clients. Brian is a long-time and active member of ULI, and serves on the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Advisory Board and the ULI Boston Program Oversight Committee.


Moderator: Vita Shklovsky, Associate Development Manager,  Lendlease

Vita has eight years of experience in housing and neighborhood development, with a special background in affordable housing and public realm planning. She is currently an Associate Development Manager at Lendlease, a real estate construction and development company, and working on the development of Clippership Wharf in East Boston. Prior to Lendlease, she was a project manager at CDC’s in Codman Square, Jamaica Plain, and Hyde Park. Before Boston, she worked on outdoor programming at the Bryant Park Corporation in NYC.


Preregistration for this event is now closed. On-site registration will be available.  Please contact eliza.daeschler@uli.org with any questions.

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