Building an inspiring ecosystem
For months, we have been working on a visible and physical construction site: wood, concrete, dust, workers... But we are also working on less tangible yet invaluable matters, such as building meaningful relationships with the many partners who will contribute to thecamp's ecosystem. These past weeks have been particularly rich in global events, meetings, intense discussions, inspiring discoveries and friendly encounters.
On October 21, as previously announced, the "second round" of the joint CNRS+MIT symposium supported by thecamp was held in Paris after last March Boston session. Dedicated to remodelling urban design, this fundamentally interdisciplinary event allowed us to exchange with top-level French and international researchers, and question the reciprocal inputs brought by both "hard" and "social" sciences to different urban models.
In-depth study on main urban issues (pollution, traffic, housing, urban heat islands, discrimination, governance...) consistently brings richer perspectives thanks to the power of (big) data. CUSP's work in NYC is a great example of what can be achieved. Gathering data from app. 100 local government agencies led to the creation of a powerful analytical tool, which was enlightning in terms of local public policy and created fantastic economic opportunities.
The symposium's conclusions addressed methodology improvements in order to move forward, reach even more effective (re)modelling and concrete urban solutions. Stay tuned for the next edition in 2017.