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Metropolis Magazine's Szenasy isn't impressed by technology that doesn't get to the core of the problems confronting today's city dwellers. Photo courtesy of American Society of Landscape Architects

GOing Conference Audios: Part 7

Metropolis Magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Szenasy goes to the core of America's urban ills in this September 2004 address.

By EV World

Imagine cars that are intelligent robots that can talk to the city's infrastructure. The product of MIT's Media Lab such vehicles would, it's believed would mitigate the evils auto overpopulation has wrought on modern society: pollution, safety and urban sprawl.

Imagine cars that are intelligent robots that can talk to the city's infrastructure. The product of MIT's Media Lab such vehicles would, it's believed would mitigate the evils auto overpopulation has wrought on modern society: pollution, congestion and

"More intelligent cars and more intelligent infrastructures are promised for this grand future of painless commuting," she began with obvious sarcasm.

"I am seduced by (architect Frank O.) Gehry's "Road-warror-meets-ladybug" car, though I can get over that seduction when I realized that the MIT-GM-Gehry triumverate -- three power entities that call the shots today -- are stuck in the Twentieth century. Though they may be nibbling at the edges of Twenty-first century systems thinking, they are still forgetting people in our complex, changing, suprising lives."

Thus the iconoclastic Szenasy sets the stage for her critique of modern urban planning or the lack thereof. What she has to say in this 14-minute address is both irreverant and thought-provoking.

 
MIT Soft Car referred to by Szenasy is designed to be an intelligent servant that it's creators hope will ease mobility problems in the cities of the future.

Previous GOing Conference addresses
Esther Dyson/Doug Field
Carolyn Young/Tim Blumenthal
Susan Shaheen/Rick Steele
Fred Silver/Dough Frasher
Dean Kamen/Jeff Morales
John Norquist
Susan Szenasy

To listen to her entire address, click the play button on the Flash-based MP3 player are right, or download the file to your hard drive to play it on your favorit MP3 device.

Also be sure to listen to other GOing conference presentations.

Susan Szenasy
Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine

For 17 years, Susan has been the Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis, the New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture and design. Her magazine leads the way for a new era of collaboration across diverse disciplines (fostering improved transportation systems) and has held conferences to develop collaboration (including a segment on mobility at their WIRES+TIRES conference in San Francisco in 2000).

Susan lectured recently on how design disciplines can help one another to be better environmental stewards. Susan has a passionate interest in creating new mobility system that greatly improve the ability for both seniors and youth to move and connect with their community. She holds an MA degree in Modern European History from Rutgers University and teaches design history an design ethics at New York's Parson School of Design.

Our special thanks to the GOing conference organizers for permitting EV World to record and make the conference available to our subscribers.

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Published: 12-Nov-2004

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