Special Plenary: How Technology Will Shape Urban Density
How Technology Will Shape Urban Density with Rohit T. Aggarwala of Sidewalk Labs
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.
, Sidewalk Labs
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerRohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is Chief Policy Officer for Sidewalk Labs. Previously, he headed the sustainability practice at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consulting firm that serves city governments. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and co-chairs the Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan for the New York metropolitan area. Rit served as Special Advisor to the Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2010-2013, guiding the organization’s strategic transformation into a global leader. During that period, he also developed the environment program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, which grew to a total of $145 million in grants under his management. Rit served as Director of New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability from 2006-2010, and led the creation and implementation of “PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York.” PlaNYC has been hailed as one of the world’s best urban sustainability plans, leading New York City to a 19% reduction in its carbon footprint since 2005. Prior to joining City Hall, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Rit holds a BA, MBA, and PhD from Columbia University, and an MA from Queen’s University in Ontario. He was born in New York City, where he now lives with wife and daughter.