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Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-C10 - Driverless Landscapes: Designing for People in Autonomous Futures

Friday, October 19
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 120


Expanding driverless vehicle use will force crucial recalibrations to streets, public spaces, and urban form. How can designers maintain human interests in increasingly autonomous cities? This panel of landscape architects and planning authorities will discuss initiatives to promote physical, ecological, and social sustainability through driverless technologies.

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Ron Henderson, FASLA

Professor, Director
Illinois Institute of Technology, Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program

Ron Henderson, FASLA, is Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a prime investigator of The Driverless City Project, a funded research initiative investigating the urban design implications of driverless and autonomous vehicles, which has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and the Vienna Biennale, among other venues. He is founding principal of L+A Landscape Architecture, Senior Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and a Japan-US Creative Artist Fellow.


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Raymond W. Gastil, AICP, LEED AP

Planning Director
City of Pittsburgh

Ray Gastil, AICP LEED AP ND, is a city planner, educator, and author with more than two decades of experience in innovative urban design and development. Ray is currently Director of City Planning in Pittsburgh and has served as Manhattan Office director for New York City Planning, City Planning Director for Seattle, Founding Director of Van Alen Institute, and Transit-Oriented Design Director for Regional Plan Association. His work focuses on planning and urban design for urban campuses, waterfronts in transition, mixed-use development, and district revitalization.


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Nilay Mistry, ASLA

Visiting Professor
Illinois Institute of Technology, Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program

Nilay Mistry is a Chicago-based landscape architect and urban designer. He is faculty at Illinois Institute of Technology in the Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program and is a member of 'The Driverless City' project team. He has practiced and taught widely around the world, exploring readings of urban networks, public interest, and social impact through design.


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Chris Landau, Affil. ASLA

LANDAU Design+Technology

Chris is the founder and principal of LANDAU Design+Technology, providing digital modeling, design, visualization, animation, workflows, and engagement services for landscape architecture, planning, civil engineering, art, and prosthetics. Chris is the creator of Land Kit, a custom-built software for computational landscape design.

Prior to starting LANDAU, Chris had eleven years of professional experience at OLIN, where he contributed to the development of visual representation, digital design, and training. Chris worked on many of OLIN’s most high-profile projects and competitions, including Apple Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Avenue Plaza in New York, Dilworth Park in Philadelphia.


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