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Van Alen Book Club June 2019: The Smart Enough City by Ben Green

Does making a city “smarter” automatically make it a better place for everyone? In The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future, author Ben Green suggests that our reliance on tech can actually cause injustice and inequality to spread in our cities. Join us in June as we discuss Green’s book and consider the “smart enough” applications of new technology that can make cities more just, democratic, responsible, innovative, and livable places.

We are excited to have Arlene Ducao moderate book club this month.

Arlene Ducao is an engineer, entrepreneur, and educator who makes technologies that examine the relationship between the natural landscape, our built environments, and ourselves. She is a Principal at the DuKode Studio, a scientific and environmental design firm in Brooklyn, and the CEO and cofounder of Dukode’s affiliate company Multimer, a spinoff from MIT Media Lab. At Multimer, she developed her invention MindRider, the geospatial brainwave-mapping system profiled in WIRED, New York Times, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, Fast Company, Science Channel, and many more. A recipient of the South by Southwest Winburne Community Service Award for her work on satellite mapping in Indonesia and Kenya, she is a research affiliate at MIT and teaches at NYU, where she presents a range of topics from multidimensional data visualization to digital fabrication and its cultural underpinnings.

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Open to new and returning participants.
Food and beverages will be provided.

This month’s book is available at a discount from the following independent booksellers (Just say you’re with Van Alen Book Club at check-out):

– Community Bookstore (Park Slope) – 20% discount

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