The Future is Now: Designing Our Cities for Autonomous Vehicles


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Have you ever dreamed of being chauffered around? Well, now that dream can become a reality! Driverless cars are no longer just an idea on the drawing board or a prototype in a lab. They are actually being used and can be seen on city streets. At this year’s Festive Season Reception we will return to a car dealership and learn about the advances being made in driverless vehicles. How is this technology impacting the planning of urban infrastructure? What are the effects of self-driving technology on the demand for roads, parking, and housing? Imagine the impact on people’s lives. As people age many will suffer health problems affecting their ability to drive so a driverless car will keep them mobile. Parents, too, will welcome a car that does the school run for them. And teenagers will need neither licences nor personal insurance. Business travellers may sleep in driverless Winnebagos that hurtle down the motorways at night, delivering them to the next morning’s meeting.

Our speaker, Aaron Knorr, is a designer of buildings and urban environments who has spent much of his career working at the intersection of architecture, infrastructure and public space. He believes that we are entering a transformative period in city building, where emerging technologies will be leveraged to improve the livability, sustainability and vitality of our cities. As a Senior Architect and Urban Designer at Perkins+Will, Aaron has led a broad range of transportation, urban design and institutional projects across North America and abroad. Recent design work includes transit projects in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Riyadh.

Aaron received a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Geography from the University of Minnesota. Prior to returning to Vancouver he worked at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture and research firm in Philadelphia. He has published and presented research on Metro Vancouver’s urban and agricultural landscapes, collaborative innovation, and the integration of transit and public space.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Tesla Vancouver, 1636 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Members & Guests – No charge but you must register
Non-Members – No charge but you must register

Street parking
Parking lot at Fir and West 2nd

Thank you to Tesla Vancouver for hosting us.

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