What is the innovation economy, & how does it shape the city? Join us for a conversation with Sharon Zukin & Alby Bocanegra on The Innovation Complex, a book exploring the forces at work in the evolution of the urban tech economy. Guided by progressive tech, startup culture, & green trends, alongside traditional drivers of real estate & transportation, this innovation ecosystem of growth depends on sustained government support & private investment in neighborhoods. What is at stake for people, space, culture, & cities?
The event will be accompanied by an interactive warm-up & refreshments.
The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, & the New Economy, by Sharon Zukin, (Oxford University Press, 2020) will be available for purchase.
About the Speakers:
Alby Bocanegra is an urban futurist & people-centered technologist. He is the Founder & Chief Future Officer of the consultancy the Urban Futurist He is Senior Advisor to Charter Cities Institute, where he advances partnerships, engagement, & Africa's NXT 50 Cities Coalition. For the World Economic Forum, Bocanegra advises on digital twins. In a recent role with Mastercard, Bocanegra led engagement with 335 cities under the City Possible framework. He led the creation of 24-Hour Cities Network, emphasizing night-time economies. Bocanegra is former Interim Chief Technology Officer for the Mayor's Office of the City of New York. There, he co-founded the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights. For NYC, he delivered programs to support communities, including the Moonshots program, & expanded access to broadband, digital literacy, privacy, & security. Bocanegra began his career in the US Army, with continuing roles in veteran advocacy. In his spare time, he enjoys family, including a family business, & has been a DJ.
Sharon Zukin is Professor Emerita of Sociology & of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College & the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She has written extensively about art, architecture, & real estate in New York, from Loft Living (1982) & Naked City: The Death & Life of Authentic Urban Places (2010) to The Innovation Complex (2020), a critical journey through the city's tech economy. Her book Landscapes of Power won the C. Wright Mills Award & Naked City received the Jane Jacobs Award for Urban Communication. Zukin also received the Lynd Award for career achievement in urban sociology. With the filmmaker Alice Arnold, she is developing a video project on SoHo, zoning, & the YIMBY/NIMBY conflict.
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