Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies Exhibition at BSA


BOSTON–Boston Society of Architects will host Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies exhibition at BSA from May 17 to September 27, 2019.

As technology innovation and urban population continue to increase, the symbiotic relationship between cities and technology has become imperative to not only achieve efficiency in economy and convenience, but also to provide higher quality of life.

Whether by autonomous automobiles, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), smart buildings, or Hyperloop tunnels, the urban experience is undergoing remarkable transformations and there is a growing urgency to find balance between technology and urban life.

Designed and curated by Boston-based design firm CBT, Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies poses a series of questions exploring ways to focus technology on the human experience so that our cities may become more livable, equitable, and sustainable.

Components include a timeline that contextualizes technology advancements, a video expressing different perspectives, an interactive projection of current technological forces, and graphic exploration of ongoing initiatives that are driving the integration of emerging technologies in our cities.

Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies examines the current conditions of our urban environments and the possibility of a more human-centered future for emerging technologies in the design and development of cities around the world.


Current Forces Interactive Mapping—CBT, Certain Measures

Urban Technology Timeline—CBT

Projects on view include:

– Beta Blocks—Supernormal

– Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism—NACTO

– Citiesense—Citiesense

– City Scanner—MIT Senseable City Lab

– CityWays—MIT Senseable City Lab

– Complex Urbanities—MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab

– Downtown Crossing—Supernormal

– Elevation—Dezeen

– Form Maps—Certain Measures

– Fuel Station of the Future—Foster + Partners and Nissan

– Future of Streets—City Form Lab

– Public Square—FXCollaborative

– Reality Model—Aerial Genomics

– Sky Tower—Pickard Chilton with Arup and Uber

– Treepedia—MIT Senseable City Lab

– Underworlds—MIT Senseable City Lab

– Upcycles—Upcycles

– Urban Network Analysis—City Form Lab

– Computing Co-Operative Development—MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab

– Hyperloop—Virgin Hyperloop One

Urbanistic Imaginations on view include:

– Autonomous Block—CBT

– Fuel Cell Futurisms—op.AL

– Augmented Reality City—Simplex Architecture

Contributing sponsors include Existing Conditions and Pickard Chilton.

The American Institute of Architects has provided a grant to support traveling Balancing Act to select component chapters across the United States.