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Fast Forward: The post-geographic city

Crawford Family Forum
Courtesy of Tim Durfee and Ben Hooker

Want to know the latest on a story making news headlines? Social media can help. Need groceries or need a doctor, but don’t want to leave the house? There’s an app for that. Want to make some cash from renting your home or driving your car? Welcome to the sharing economy.

Technology is erasing borders and changing the way we live our lives. Social networks have created global communities far more engaged than any local political organization. Apps like Uber and Airbnb help us make the most of labor and leisure. On the roads, autonomous machines are no longer works of fiction, but could form new types of urban growth. Each of these phenomena will change how we live in cities and, perhaps, the very definition of what we mean when we say “city.”

On Wednesday, October 5, Take Two’s A Martinez discusses the future of L.A. and how present and future innovations will shift where we live and how we work and play. What could a tech-intelligent home mean for older generations living independently for longer? How could traffic patterns change without humans at the wheel? With goods and services at the touch of a button, what will technology do to the workplace?


Tim Durfee is a design researcher whose perspective on architecture as part of a social and cultural continuum, including and beyond built form, is rooted in his background in writing, interface design, media, architecture, and exhibitions. 

Designer and artist Ben Hooker works with interactive media in and about urban contexts, investigating how site-specific media technologies can be employed to exploit the play between many realms to enable new kinds of technology-dependent lifestyles.

This event is part of our "Fast Forward: Designing the Future” series, co-presented by KPCC In Person and ArtCenter College of Design, examining the intersection of technology, design and the human experience. Showcasing Southern California as a hub of innovation, we’ll explore how the interaction between humans and the world will be reshaped as products and experiences continue to impact our day-to-day lives in the not-too-distant future.