ULI Boston: The Future of Urban Areas


Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am EDT




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Cities and urban areas have been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis.  Prior to this, they were the economic engines of the country.  Are cities down and out for the count? Join us on July 15th to hear what Harvard Professor Edward Glaeser, author of "Triumph of the City", thinks about how cities can survive the current crisis and some of the near-term problems that have to be solved. He will be joined by Kishore Varanasi, who is a principal at CBT Architects and has a great deal of experience in city building.  Kishore will explore his ideas on how the real estate industry can solve some of the problems identified by Professor Glaeser.



Sarah Lewis

Director of Planning, City of Somerville

Sarah Lewis was born in Great Britain and moved to the U.S. during high school. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, moved to Washington DC in 1988 to practice architecture, and then realized her true passion was urban design. Along with practicing planning and urban design in architecture and engineering firms, she has taught architectural design studios at the University of Maryland and frequently teaches Management and Facilitation for the National Charrette Institute. She moved to New England in 2015.Before joining the public sector at the City of Somerville, Sarah worked in private sector firms withjurisdictions across the country designing projects with open public involvement, guidelines and form-based coding, and facilitation of the physical implementation of those projects. These new developments, plus infill and redevelopment plans for existing communities, have ranged in scale from walkable historic neighborhoods to entire downtown areas encompassing hundreds of acres. As Planning Director for the city, Sarah complements design work with in-depth knowledge of the regulatory, necessity of planning and code changes, and helps facilitate public discussions in order to realize the potential of great design and transparent processes.


Ed Glaeser

Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard Kennedy School

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law, and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. His books include Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (Oxford University Press, 2008), Rethinking Federal Housing Policy (American Enterprise Institute Press, 2008), and Triumph of the City (Penguin Press, 2011).


David Stewart

Vice President, Development, Cadillac Fairview

I lead cross-functional teams of individuals to create urban environments where people can work, live and experience life in a manner that enables them to be more productive, creative and healthier while reducing their carbon footprint. I believe that we need to continuously improve how we develop our built environment. With complex challenges such as: increasing housing costs, climate change, energy use and aging infrastructure, we have to create solutions that are not only economically viable and scalable across all regions of the country but also consider the impact to future generations. The status quo is not an option. I am a life-long learner who is continuously seeking a better way to develop real estate by focusing on the customer, adopting appropriate technologies and bringing together the right team of people to solve the wicked problems that need to be solved in order to create great space and place.


Kishore Varanasi

Principal, CBT Architects

Kishore Varanasi is an urban designer, strategist, and educator who specializes in developing authentic design solutions for cities at all scales that address human connection, social equity, and climate resilience.    For 25 years, Kishore has worked to shape cities and communities globally through sustainable and holistic solutions in both the public and private sectors. Kishore’s innovative contributions to communities stem from his ability to inspire creative collaborations among individuals, governments, and businesses while simultaneously creating fresh perspectives and approaches to sustainable city-building and living. As a principal and Director of Urban Design at Boston-based CBT, his recent work includes the Masdar City Master Plan, Lincoln Yards in Chicago, the Blueway at the New England Aquarium, Cambridge Crossing, Boston University Master Plan, Suffolk Downs Master Plan, Hudayriyat Island Master Plan, Bhavani Islands Master Plan, The Riverline in Buffalo, NY, and Abu Dhabi Climate Interventions.    Kishore is a regular critic and teacher at various institutions including MIT, Harvard University, Yale University and the Boston Architectural College (BAC). He serves on the Van Alen Institute Climate Council, BAC and Boston Harbor Now Board of Trustees, and Emerald Network Board of Advisors. Kishore's work has been recognized by various awards and organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Rethinking the Future, World Architecture News and Urban Land Institute. He holds a Master of Science in Urbanism from MIT; a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India.