Scaling Infrastructure

The Spring 2014 Scaling Infrastructure conference is CAU’s second and final infrastructure conference of our biennial theme that will convene political leaders, infrastructural engineers, design professionals and academicians to discuss groundbreaking ideas on infrastructure. Faced with new economic, political, and environmental challenges, the question of appropriate infrastructural investments and design scales is critical to the future of urbanized territories. The technical and political realities, design possibilities, and social and economic concerns for shaping sustainable infrastructural futures in American and International contexts will be addressed.

A new wave of interest has formed around the idea of resilience and redundancy, or scaling down infrastructure in customized ways to ensure systemic failure does not occur when urban areas are struck by unforeseen events, from economic to environmental catastrophes. In our age of sea level rise, monumental infrastructures may protect cities from flooding or risk of catastrophe from storms, but as we have seen in too many cases, monumental defense barriers can fail with drastic and calamitous results. Vast barrier systems and other single sources of protection require equally large amounts of concentrated innovation, funding, and governance to ensure their long-term success. But what happens when these forces are impossible to align? Similarly, new forms of urbanization demanded in American and International contexts are far different from twentieth century centralization models. What type of infrastructure is appropriate for remote areas where connecting to a main line of transit, energy, water, or logistical supply chain is impossible? Are new technologies changing the need for high-density populations to support infrastructural investments? What new scales of infrastructural research and thinking are going to propel urban form in the future? Is innovation in energy and transportation infrastructures that are flexible, adaptable, and scalable down to individual preferences a near reality?

Scaling Infrastructure program available here

The Spring 2014 Scaling Infrastructure conference is CAU’s second and final infrastructure conference of our biennial theme that will convene political leaders, infrastructural engineers, design professionals and academicians to discuss groundbreaking ideas on infrastructure. Faced with new economic, political, and environmental challenges, the question of appropriate infrastructural investments and design scales is critical to the future of urbanized territories. The technical and political realities, design possibilities, and social and economic concerns for shaping sustainable infrastructural futures in American and International contexts will be addressed.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Apr 10, 2014 - 3:15 PM


Apr 10, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Welcome and introductions

Apr 10, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Scaling Infastructure

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago

Q&A with Professor Judith Layzer

Apr 10, 2014 - 5:40 PM


Friday April 11, 2014

Apr 11, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

Apr 11, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Recalibrating Infrastructure

Recalibrating Infrastructure will explore the idea of “recalibrating” or scaling-back infrastructure in the context of shrinking cities that face serious declines in population, housing stock, fiscal resources and often political capacity. Speakers will address the new challenge of recalibrating their infrastructure networks, constructed last century for a population often two to three times as large as that presently living in the city. Removing infrastructure would seem a natural solution. Yet a recent study found that “substantial cost savings from decommissioning vacant infrastructure” would not occur, and that mixtures of better management, new technologies, and new design concepts were preferable. Difficult decisions lie ahead, and urbanists will play a key role. Speakers include: Lawrie Robertson, Buro Happold Mayor Dayne Walling, City of Flint Sonja Beeck, Chezweitz Moderator: Nancy Levinson, Places Respondent: Lorena Bello, MIT

Apr 11, 2014 - 10:30 AM


Apr 11, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Resilient Infrastructure

Resilient Infrastructure will be organized around the topic of “resilience,” and the newest ideas evolving out of how risk and disaster can be mitigated through redundancy and new scales of infrastructural engineering and design. This panel will address how current technologies are beginning to connect information and resources through organizations and networks. By comparing both top‐down and bottom up approaches, the discussion will address how developing regions are collecting data to monitor changes in the environment. Multi‐scale networks and infrastructural responses can then be designed and built to respond to these connections, which will be at the forefront of how we learn to address and be more prepared to face future challenges. Speakers include: Richard Serino, FEMA Richard Hindle, LSU Alfredo Brillembourg, Urban-Think Tank Adam Klaptocz, SenseFly Moderator: Nancy Levinson, Places Respondent: James Wescoat, MIT

Apr 11, 2014 - 1:00 PM


Apr 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Micro Infrastructure

This panel will explore the next wave of infrastructures for extremely contrasting urbanizing territories through the idea of micro-infrastructure. How small can we imagine infrastructure, and how does this change the way we think about cities, urbanization, location choice, landscape resources, and design? The idea of “microgrids” will be presented for developing world contexts and urbanizing territories that do not currently have the ability to connect to centralized, existing sources of infrastructural energy or water. The idea of “autonomous infrastructure” will be discussed in relation to future visions for mobility and energy needs of horizontal city forms, where the automobile is the predominant form of transportation. Speakers include: Ken Laberteaux, Toyota Research Institute North America Daniel Sperling, UC Davis Paola Viganò, Studio '09 Scott Kennedy, Masdar Institute Moderator: Jinhua Zhao, DUSP MIT Respondent: Mary Anne Ocampo, MIT

Apr 11, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Closing Comments

Sonja Beeck


Dr. Sonja Beeck studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen. After 8 years of practice in architectural offices in Cologne and London. She went to New York, Las Vegas and Walt Disney Corp. to research for her Ph.D.: „Theming _a method for semantic programming of space”, which she finished in 2003 at the University of Karlsruhe and at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. As a member of the academic stuff of the Bauhaus from 2000 to 2010, she worked there for the long term laboratory IBA STADTUMBAU 2010 and was responsible for the project development and managed many projects inventing new spatial development strategies for regions with shrinking population. Besides she has been teaching “City and Landscape” at the University of Innsbruck from 2006 to 2008. After the final exhibition of IBA STADTUMBAU 2010, Sonja Beeck was teaching “Urban development and management in the international context” at the University of Kassel. She works now as a consultant for local authorities in questions of urban development such as IBA Berlin 2020, Nuremberg or Bremen. Together with Detlef Weitz she is also CEO of chezweitz, a firm for scenography basedin berlin.

Lorena Bello


Lorena Bello is Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she teaches students fundamentals of the design of the built environment ranging from the scale of the object and buildings to that of the city and larger territories. She is also a doctoral candidate in Urbanism at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Lorena’s research focuses on large scale territorial implications of infrastructure and urbanization as catalysts for design. Her dissertation on this topic began under the guidance of the late Manuel de Sola-Morales and is concluding under Joan Busquets of the Harvard GSD. She is about to found TERRALAB in association with MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism to continue this research with projects in the USA and Europe.

Previous to 2008, Lorena worked in Barcelona as project director at Aldayjover Architecture and Landscape where she led projects at different scales including those within the Water Park 2008 international exhibit in Zaragoza. She was also research assistant at the Joan Miró Foundation and the Building Tech Institute of Catalonia (ITEC). Lorena holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) where she graduated with honors, and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Alan Berger


Alan Berger is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he teaches courses open to the entire student body. He is founding director of P-REX lab, at MIT, a research lab focused on environmental problems caused by urbanization, including the design, remediation, and reuse of waste landscapes worldwide. He is currently Head of the famed City Design and Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He is also Research Director of CAU, MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism. All of his research and work emphasizes the link between our consumption of natural resources, and the waste and destruction of landscape, to help us better understand how to proceed with redesigning around our wasteful lifestyles for more intelligent outcomes. Unlike conventional practice, there are no scalar limits in his outlook or pedagogy: projects are defined by the extent of the environmental problems being addressed. He coined the term “Systemic Design” to describe the reintegration of disvalued landscapes into our urbanized territories and regional ecologies. In addition to his award winning books Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America, and Reclaiming the American West, his other books include Designing the Reclaimed Landscape, Nansha Coastal City: Landscape and Urbanism in the Pearl River Delta (with Margaret Crawford). His most recently published books are Systemic Design Can Change the World and Landscape + Urbanism Around the Bay of Mumbai (with Rahul Mehrotra). He has also established, (in collaboration with USEPA Superfund Region 8 and Tiffany & Company Foundation) the world's first web portal for community-based reclamation design advocacy at Prior to MIT he was Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard-GSD, 2002-2008. He is a Prince Charitable Trusts Fellow of The American Academy in Rome.

Alfredo Brillembourg

Urban- Think Tank

Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Art and Architecture in 1984 and his Master of Science in Architectural Design in 1986 from Columbia University. In 1992, he received a second architecture degree from the Central University of Venezuela and began his independent practice in architecture. In 1993 he founded Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers Association and has been a guest professor at the University Jose Maria Vargas, the University Simon Bolivar and the Central University of Venezuela. Starting in 2007, Brillembourg has been a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab) with Hubert Klumpner. Along with Hubert Klumpner, Brillembourg holds the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. As co-principle of U-TT, Brillembourg has received the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America, the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for innovative contributions to ecological design practices and the 2012 Golden Lion Award in the 13th Venice Architecture Bienal.

Rahm Emanuel

Mayor of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel was elected the 55th mayor of Chicago on February 22nd, 2011 and was sworn in on May 16th, 2011.

Since taking office, Mayor Emanuel announced the redeployment of over 1,000 police officers back onto beats in Chicago’s neighborhoods and has attracted more than 25,000 private-sector jobs for residents across the city. Since taking office, Mayor Emanuel has enacted education reforms allowing for elementary students to gain an extra hour and 15 minutes every day and two additional weeks every year, and has submitted two balanced budgets that hold the line on taxes. Additionally, Mayor Emanuel launched Building a New Chicago, a $7 billion coordinated infrastructure plan that will revitalize the city’s roads, rails, and runways, and create tens of thousands of jobs for Chicagoans.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Emanuel served as the White House Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama’s administration. Before accepting the position as Chief of Staff to the President, Emanuel served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago’s 5th District. Prior to being elected to Congress, Emanuel served as a key member of the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.

Mayor Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and received a Master's Degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. He is married to Amy Rule, and they have three children, Zach, Ilana, and Leah.

Richard Hindle

Louisiana State University

Richard L. Hindle is the Emerson/Womack Assistant Professor of design at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University. Professor Hindle's research focuses on technology in the garden and landscape with an emphasis on material processes, innovation, and patents. His current research explores innovation in landscape related technologies across a range of scales, from large-scale mappings of riverine and coastal patents to detailed historical studies on the antecedents of vegetated architectural systems. A recurring theme in Hindle’s work is the tandem history of technology and landscape, and the potential of technological narratives and reification to reframe theory, practice, and the production of sustainable urban systems. His recent articles “Inventing Landscapes’ in Landscape Architecture Magazine, and ‘Public Domains: material fiefdoms, entropy, and the built environment’ in UC Berkeley’s Ground-Up Journal, discuss the patent archive as a primary historical source and ‘landscape of power” with agency in landscape architecture and the built environment. He received a Graham Foundation Award for the reification of the “Vegetation-Bearing Architectonic Structure and Systems” and continues to explore the technological origins of other emergent technologies. As a consultant and designer, Hindle's work focuses on the design of advanced horticultural and building systems, from green roofs to facades, working with firms such as Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Steven Holl, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and Atelier Jean Nouvel. Hindle holds degrees in horticulture and landscape architecture from Cornell University and the Rhode Island School of Design, respectively.

Scott Kennedy

MIT and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Scott Kennedy is Co-Director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is responsible for overseeing program development and operations. Prior to joining the Center, he worked with MIT to establish two new research universities in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. In Malaysia, he founded and directed a graduate engineering program in Energy and Environment and established multiple initiatives with government, private sector and NGOs, to target urban environmental and energy issues. He continued working with MIT to establish the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. As the Founding Dean of Research at the Institute, he built and directed the new university’s Research Office, with responsibility for overseeing research policy, funding and infrastructure. Trained in engineering sciences with a doctorate from Harvard University, his research work has focused on the investigation and design of complex physical and organizational systems. Scott acts as an advisor to various international projects related to sustainable energy and development in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Adam Klaptocz

senseFly / Drone Adventures

Adam Klaptocz is Head of Hardware and Mechanical Engineering at senseFly SA. He is passionate about civilian drones and their potential to do good to our planet and all its inhabitants, he splits his time between the R&D department at senseFly SA, developing the latest generation of drones for the GIS and mapping sectors, and Drone Adventures, traveling the world and flying drones for good causes. His passion was born during his Ph.D work at EPFL in Switzerland, where he designed several iterations of the AirBurr, a flying robot designed specifically to bounce off obstacles in crowded environments. His goal is now to bring drones out of the lab and into the hands of the people that need it the most, whether its in humanitarian aid, conservation or industry.

Judy Layzer


Professor Layzer investigates the role of ideas—including scientific, economic, and political ideas—in environmental policymaking. She also analyzes the efficacy of local and regional environmental policies and policymaking processes. Currently, in collaboration with the Urban Sustainability Directors' Network, she directs the Urban Sustainability Assessment (USA) Project, an effort to determine what kinds of urban sustainability programs yield genuine environmental benefits. In addition, Layzer is the author of The Environmental Case: Translating Values Into Policy (CQ Press), now in its third edition; Natural Experiments: Ecosystem-Based Management and the Environment (MIT Press); and the forthcoming Freedom, Efficiency, and Environmental Protection: Conservative Ideas And Their Consequences (MIT Press).

Ken Laberteaux

Toyota Research Institute-North America

Ken Laberteaux is a Senior Principal Scientist for the Toyota Research Institute-North America in Ann Arbor, MI.

In his nineteen years in the automotive and telecommunication industries, Ken has produced twenty-five scholarly publications, eight patents, and fourteen additional invention disclosures. Ken’s current research focus is sustainable mobility systems, including grid-vehicle interactions, vehicle electrification feasibility, security and privacy issues of smart grid, battery lifetime modeling, and US urbanization and transportation patterns. Earlier in his time at Toyota, Ken worked on advanced safety systems, leveraging synergies in communication, sensing, and computation.

Credited with coining the term VANET, Ken was a founder and two-year (2004, 2005) General Co-Chair of the Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANET) workshop. Before joining Toyota, Ken spent ten years as a researcher at the Tellabs Research Center, working on echo cancellation, data networking protocols, call admission control, and congestion control.

While working full-time at Tellabs, Ken completed his M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, focusing on adaptive control for communications. In 1992, he received his B.S.E., summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nancy Levinson

Places Journal

Nancy Levinson is Editor and Executive Director of Places Journal, an award-winning journal of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, published in partnership with Design Observer. Nancy brings to her editorial work experience in academia and practice, most recently as the founding director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory at Arizona State University and as co-founding editor of Harvard Design Magazine at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously she worked as acquiring editor at Princeton Architectural Press, where she developed books on subjects ranging from visual perception to landscape theory. Nancy is a frequent design juror and lecturer, and has contributed to diverse academic and trade periodicals, including Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture Magazine, the Journal of Planning Literature, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Metropolis. She received a B.A. from Yale University and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Miho Mazereeuw


Miho Mazereeuw is a landscape architect and architect, who has taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the University of Toronto prior to joining the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an Arthur W. Wheelwright Fellow, she is completing her forthcoming book entitled Preemptive Design: Disaster and Urban Development along the Pacific Ring of Fire featuring case studies on infrastructure design, multifunctional public space and innovative planning strategies in earthquake prone regions. Her design work on disaster prevention has been exhibited at the Architect's Museum in Tokyo Japan, University of Texas at Austin and de Ark Architecture Center in Leewarden Netherlands. As a co-director of OPSYS, Mazereeuw is collaborating on a number of projects with international non-profit organizations in the field of disaster reconstruction/prevention and is currently working in Haiti, Japan and Chile. She was formerly an Associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam where she worked on projects in the Latvia, China, Belgium, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. She has also worked in the offices of Shigeru Ban and Dan Kiley. Mazereeuw completed a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Sculpture and Environmental Science at Wesleyan University and her Master in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture with Distinction at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Janet Darling Webel Prize and the Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship.

Mary Anne Ocampo


Mary Anne Ocampo is an architectural and urban designer. She practices as a Senior Associate in urban design and planning at Sasaki Associates, focusing on higher education and the relationship of the campus to the city. Ocampo has been an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University, a Teaching Associate at Cornell University, and a Lecturer in Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her academic research explores urban resilience, focusing on the urban development and contemporary uses of Metropolitan Manila’s waterway system as a case study of cities vulnerable to flooding. She has participated in conferences and lectures at Cornell University, Syracuse University, and The University of Texas at Austin, and her work has been exhibited in Cambridge, New York, and Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Architecture II from Cornell University, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.

Lawrie Robertson

Buro Happold

Lawrie is a strategic planner, urban designer and architect with experience in strategic regional and city planning, international development, urban and building design. Lawrie joined Happold Consulting in 2006 as Head of Strategic Planning, leading on multidisciplinary city-regional planning, urban development and infrastructure projects. His work has included leading HC teams for the 20 year strategic plan for Detroit, USA; Berezniki Solikamsk Usolye Region Masterplan, Russia; King Abdullah Research City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE); the Masterplan Framework for King Khaled International Airport City in Riyadh; the Hercogiste Eco City project in Latvia and the Gothenburg River City Regeneration project in Sweden as well as other new city projects in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining Happold Consulting, Lawrie trained at Cambridge University Architecture Department and gained experience in architecture, urban design and international development working in London, Sarajevo, Prague, and Budapest. Working with Allies and Morrison Architects in London, Lawrie was project architect for the King’s Cross central development, London’s largest central city regeneration project creating a major new transport and employment hub. In Bosnia, Lawrie led integrated refugee return teams focusing on post war reconstruction and socio-economic development.

Brent Ryan


Professor Ryan is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy. Ryan's research focuses on emerging urban design paradigms, with a particular focus on postindustrial cities and neighborhoods. His book Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities, was published in 2012 by the University of Pennsylvania Press and was selected by Planetizen as a Top Ten Book of 2012. Ryan has worked as an urban designer and city planner in New York City, Boston, and Chicago. He was previously Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as co-director of the UIC City Design Center. Ryan has published in edited volumes including The City After Abandonment and the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning as well as in the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of the American Planning Association, Urban Morphology, Journal of Planning History, and Urban Design International. Ryan received his B.S. degree in Biology from Yale in 1991, his M. Arch. from Columbia in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from MIT in 2002.

Richard Serino


Richard Serino was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Deputy Administrator in October 2009. In this role, he works directly with Administrator Craig Fugate to promote the “whole community” approach to emergency management, which seeks to build, sustain, and improve the Department's capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Since joining FEMA, Mr. Serino has traveled all over the country to communities affected by disasters to hear directly from survivors, and build relationships with whole community partners. During his tenure, he has seen flooding throughout the Midwest, fires in Colorado and Texas, tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Missouri, tsunami destruction in the American Samoa, and the Hurricane stricken areas in the south and along the east coast. Additionally, he spends time traveling to each of FEMA’s ten regional offices. 

Mr. Serino strives to improve FEMA programs and emergency management by hearing directly from disaster survivors, communities, and FEMA employees. These improvements are focused on emphasizing financial accountability, improving the use of analytics to drive decisions, advancing the workforce, and fostering a culture of innovation. Under Mr. Serino’s leadership, FEMA has championed initiatives such as FEMA Corps, FEMA Stat, the FEMA Think Tank, a detailed budgetary process, and a Disaster Workforce Transformation.

Mr. Serino brings 35 years of state and local emergency management and emergency medical services experience to his position at FEMA. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he served as Chief of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. In that role, he bolstered the city's response plans for major emergencies, including chemical, biological, and radiological attacks. He also led citywide planning for H1N1 influenza. Mr. Serino has served as an Incident Commander for over 35 mass casualty incidents and for all of Boston's major planned events, including the Boston Marathon, Boston's Fourth of July celebration, First Night, and the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a National Special Security Event.

Since 1998, Serino has been a National Faculty member for the Domestic Preparedness Program. He was an original contributing member for the Defense Department's Domestic Preparedness Training Program and Metropolitan Medical Response System. Serino has been involved, since its inception, with the Lessons Learned Information Sharing network for emergency responders. As a consultant to the Pentagon and the Defense Department, Serino served on the 9/11 after-action team to assess medical consequence management policies and procedures. Serino attended Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 2000, completed the Kennedy School's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative in 2005, and graduated from the Executive Leadership Program, Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Daniel Sperling


Dr. Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). The Institute has over 150 faculty, staff and student researchers. He has led ITS-Davis to international prominence by building strong partnerships with industry, government, and the environmental community, integrating interdisciplinary research and education programs, and connecting research with public outreach and education. In June 2013, he was named a recipient of the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation. The prize has been described as the Nobel Prize for the environmental sciences. He was recognized for his unique ability to bring together the top thinkers and strategists in academia, government and industry to develop new vehicle- and fuels-policy approaches that are models for the world. In February 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him to the “automotive engineering” seat on the California Air Resources Board. His appointment was confirmed by the California Senate in January 2008. His chief responsibilities are oversight and design of the state’s climate change, alternatives fuels, vehicle travel and land use, and zero emission vehicle programs. He also served as co-director of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard study, requested in the Governor’s January 2007 Executive Order. In 2008 he was appointed chair of the “Future of Mobility” Council of the Davos World Economic Forum. ITS-Davis won the 2006 Robert M. Zweig Public Education Award of the National Hydrogen Association, 2005 TRANNY award for Organization of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation, 1998 Employer of the Year Award of the Women’s Transportation Seminar of Sacramento, and was selected as a finalist for the 2003 World Technology Energy Award. He is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He has testified 10 times to the US Congress and state legislatures, and provided keynote presentations and invited talks in recent years at international conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. In the past 25 years, he has authored or co-authored over 200 technical papers and 11 books, including Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has made 500 professional presentations in his career, including many keynote talks in the past few years. Sperling is an international expert on transportation technology, fuels and policy, with a focus on energy and environment. His research is directed at accelerating the global transition to cleaner, more efficient transportation and energy, and mitigating climate change. The award recognizes Sperling for his unique ability to bring together the top thinkers and strategists in academia, government and industry to develop new vehicle- and fuels-policy approaches that are models for the world. He was lead author of the transportation chapter in the 2007 IPCC report, “Mitigation of Climate Change” (IPCC won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008) and a member of 13 National Academies committees on Energy Efficiency, Gasoline Taxes, Hydrogen, Transport in China, Biomass Fuels R&D, Sustainable Transportation, and related topics. He was founding chair of standing committees for the U.S. Transportation Research Board on Alternative Transportation Fuels (1989-’96), and Sustainability and Transportation (2006-08). He is the founding organizer of the premier conference on transportation and energy policy, bringing together every two years since 1988 the leaders from industry, government, academia, and the environmental community. He serves on many advisory committees and advises senior executives of many automotive and energy companies, environmental groups, and national governments, including review committees at three DOE national laboratories. He is widely cited in leading newspapers, has been interviewed many times on NPR radio, including Science Friday, Talk of the Nation and Fresh Air, and in 2009 he was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Paola Viganò

Studio '09

Paola Viganò is an architect and urbanist, has a PhD in architectural and urban composition and is professor in urbanism at the Università IUAV of Venice. She is also a guest professor at several European schools of architecture (including the Catholic University of Leuven, EPFL Lausanne, Aarhus, Harvard Graduate School of Design), serves on the board of the European Masters of Urbanism programme (EMU) and is coordinator of the PhD in Urbanism at IUAV. In 1990 Viganò founded Studio with Bernardo Secchi and has won several international competitions. Studio is currently working on various projects at different scales in Europe. In 2008 Studio was one of the ten teams selected for the Grand Paris research project and in 2012 for the New Moscow project. Her major publications include La città elementare (1999), Territori della nuova modernità/Territories of a new modernity (2001), Antwerp: Territory of a New Modernity (2009, with Bernardo Secchi) and I territori dell’urbanistica (2010), recently translated into French (Les territoires de l’urbanisme, 2012).

Dayne Walling

Mayor of Flint

The Honorable Dayne Walling, Mayor, City of Flint, Michigan

Dayne Walling is serving in his second term as the Mayor of the City of Flint. His vision of a sustainable 21st Century community has attracted new investments and energy to the difficult challenge of turning Flint around. He is committed to bringing new jobs, making neighborhoods safe, and supporting great schools in Flint and across Michigan. Under his leadership, the City of Flint has adopted its first comprehensive master plan in more than 50 years. Mayor Walling serves on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is Chairman of the national Manufacturing Alliance of Communities. He was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and has the distinct honor of being Flint’s only Rhodes Scholar. Dayne Walling has a diverse higher education portfolio: B.A. in Social Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University; a second B.A. in Modern History from St. Peter's College, University of Oxford; and a M.A. in Urban Studies from Goldsmith's College, University of London. He also pursued doctoral studies in Geography at the University of Minnesota with a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Mayor Walling previously worked in the public, nonprofit and private sectors in Michigan, Minnesota and Washington, DC. Follow @MayorWalling to keep up with Flint’s transformation.

James Wescoat


His research has concentrated on water systems in South Asia and the US from the site to river basin scales. For the greater part of his career, Professor Wescoat has focused on small-scale historical waterworks of Mughal gardens and cities in India and Pakistan.

He led the Smithsonian Institution's project titled, "Garden, City, and Empire: The Historical Geography of Mughal Lahore," which resulted in a co-edited volume on Mughal Gardens: Sources, Places, Representations, Prospects, and The Mughal Garden: Interpretation, Conservation, and Implications with colleagues from the University of Engineering and Technology-Lahore. These and related books have won awards from the Government of Pakistan and Punjab Government.

The overall Mughal Gardens Project won an American Society of Landscape Architects national research merit award, as did a project on The Moonlight Garden: New Discoveries at the Taj led by Elizabeth Moynihan. This work has been generously supported by fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art, and the American Academy in Rome.

In 2002, Professor Wescoat became head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois t Urbana-Champaign where he taught courses on "Landscape Experience, Inquiry and Design," the "Theory and Practice of Landscape Architecture," and design studios on urban ecological design in Chicago. Together with colleagues and students at the University of Illinois he contributed to a cultural landscape heritage conservation project at the Champaner-Pavagadh World Heritage Site in Gujarat, India, for the Baroda Heritage Trust.

More recently, he has organized a garden and waterworks conservation workshop at the Nagaur palace-garden complex in Rajasthan for the Mehrangarh Museum Trust; and a workshop on the "Three Shalamar Baghs of Delhi, Lahore, and Srinagar" with colleagues from those cities.

At the larger scale, Professor Wescoat has conducted water policy research in the Colorado, Indus, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins, including the history of multilateral water agreements. He led a USEPA-funded study of potential climate impacts in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan with the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). More recently, he led an NSF-funded project on "Water and Poverty in Colorado." He is currently conducting comparative research on international water problems.
In 2003, he published Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy with geographer Gilbert F. White (Cambridge University Press); and in 2007 he co-edited Political Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power (Springer Publishing) for LAF Landscape Futures Initiative.

Jinhua Zhao


Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of urban planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies travel behavior and transportation policy, public transit management, and China’s urbanization and mobility. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution. His current project examines the interaction between policy making by the governments and behavioral response from the public in the context of China’s urban development. He very much enjoys working with students.


Scaling Infrastructure will take place in the Multi Purpose Room on the 6th floor of the Media Lab (E14). The Media Lab is located on the corner of Amherst Street and Ames Street.

Media Lab (Map)
Building E14,
75 Amherst Street,
Cambridge, MA. 02139-4307 USA


A number of rooms with a special rate have been arranged with the Boston Marriott Cambridge for the nights of April 10 & 11, 2014. All rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be sold out prior to the booking deadlines listed below. Please note that the online reservation links are available primarily for reserving rooms for the nights of April 10 & 11. There is some limited availability before and after these dates, however, if one of the dates is not available, the whole span of your stay may show as being unavailable. If you are hoping to extend your stay, you should call the reservation lines directly, or reserve the main nights online at the special rate and then call the hotel to check on available rates/availability for extended stays.

Please be sure to review the cancellation terms and conditions of your reservation.


Cambridge Marriott Hotel
Two Cambridge Center
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

Rate: $249.00 per night, plus applicable taxes
Deadline: March 18, 2013.
Reservations may be made online here
To reserve by phone, please call 1-800-228-9290 or 617-494-6600 and ask for 2014 CAU Symposium