Forum, Network and Resource for the Challenges of an Aging Society
‘Evolving Cities’: Observations, Insights and Views on Aging in Urban Environments

‘Evolving Cities’: Observations, Insights and Views on Aging in Urban Environments

June 15, 6pm to 8pm
Offices of IDEO
501 The Embarcadero,
Pier 28 Annex, San Francisco

Our built environments have, are and will continue to be morphing spaces. These variances manifest in our social, technological, environmental, economic and physical surroundings. Challenges around the aging of our global population have been creeping up on us for over 50 years. The need to understand the implications for an increasingly aging population is imperative. Older adutls often do not have as prominent a voice when compared to other generational groups. Yet, they make up a growing proportion of urban populations.

This forum will explore these challenges, speculate on urban futures, invite discussion on changes to the built environment with a Bay Area perspective and welcome dialogue on global lessons learned in order to understand and respond to ever-changing challenges and opportunities.

Speaker: Dr. Chris Luebkeman, Arup Fellow and Director of Global Foresight, Research + Innovation

Chris leads the Global Foresight, Research and Innovation group at Arup – a think-tank and consultancy within Arup’s global engineering and design firm. Educated as a geologist, structural engineer and architect he is considered a bridge builder of many kinds. Prior to joining Arup, he taught in the Departments of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology [ETH] in Zurich, the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT].

His background enables him to specialize in being a generalist with a view of being “in league with the future”. He’s been described as the “Willy Wonka of the built environment, conjuring up dreams of a future where we can cure our ills through faith, physics and forethought”; was named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, in 2004; and was identified as one of the ten future speculators and shapers “Who will change the way we live”, in Wallpaper Magazine.

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