– Alan Neal, host of All in a Day, CBC Radio
– Jennifer Mallard, Senior Associate, Diamond Schmidt Architects
– Lee-Michael Pronko, Co-founder, Milieu Technologies
– Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017 Bureau
– Stephen Fai, Associate Professor, Carleton University & Director of CIMS Lab
– Roberto Campos, Chair of Ottawa Regional Society of Architects
This year OAW’s Panel Discussion will explore how emerging technologies are and will continue to transform the built environment; additionally, what these transformations might mean for the discipline of architecture.
From the use of social media in order to organize the use of public spaces into hubs for cultural revolution, the rapid advancement of the self-automated cars, the “smart” technologizing of our homes, to the immersive experiences of 3D virtual reality, and finally, the forthcoming of 5G networks that will provide us with modern mobile information in real-time. These technological advancements will inherently change the way we ‘design’ new architecture and re-develop our existing city landscapes. Ottawa will be no exception to this.
This discourse is important, as we are amid a technological revolution: the way we live, play, work and connect with one another is changing dramatically. With technology permeating the physical, biological, social, political and cultural environments, what will the city of the future look like? What role will technology play in it? How will technology shape our behaviour? And, how will this transform our built environment? Ultimately, one can’t help but wonder: what if architecture is about to be technologically disrupted?
Following the discussion, the audience will be invited to join the conversation with questions and ideas. All are welcome to stay afterwards to network informally with our guests over drinks.