Owning [up to] the Urban Speaker Series: Evan Shieh: April 22, 2021



Evan Shieh: Autonomous Urbanism — Towards a New Transitopia

Evan is a practicing architect and urbanist in New York City, working as an urban designer at Henning Larsen. He graduated Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)’s Master of Architecture and Urban Design program at the top of his class and has practiced for many years in the US and internationally in Asia. Evan’s research focuses on emerging technologies’ effect on mobility and its impact on urban form, planning, and design.

Beginning as a master’s thesis at GSD, his design research lays the groundwork for a paradigm shift towards autonomous public transit as a framework for urban growth in order to combat the ills of the automobile-centric 20th-century North American city. Through the narrative lens of a graphic novel, his research illustrates how the commuting patterns and mobility networks of different household archetypes are impacted by emerging mobility technologies, while highlighting important issues of transit equity, affordability, accessibility, and densification that have disproportionately impacted neighborhoods of color. Recently, as an Irving Innovation Fellow at GSD, his research was exhibited at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism as well as the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.

Co-organized by María Arquero de Alarcón [UMich] and Mona El Khafif [UVA]

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