COVID-19’s Implications for Cities

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October 22, 2020 10:00 AM PT
1 hour

Cities are done. The office is dead. Delivery is the future. At least two of these are wrong—but why?

Join us for an on-demand webcast in which we’ll answer that question and share insights on how cities are changing—especially due to COVID-19—and how your company can remain fluid during the transition.

We’ll cover how workplace trends could have a drastic impact on how cities function, who lives there, and what services and stores are available within walking distance for residents. In addition, we’ll discuss how technology is turning restaurants and retail inside-out through deliveries, dark stores, and automation—threatening main streets, mom-and-pops, and real estate as we know it.

Drawing on his research and foresight work for NewCities, the Atlantic Council, MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, and months of post-pandemic research, Greg Lindsay explodes the myths around COVID-19 and explains why the future isn’t as socially-distanced as you might think.

Please note, this webcast is part of our eight-part Virtual 2020 Building Opportunity Conference.



Greg Lindsay, Director of Applied Research, NewCities

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab,and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. He’s a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, and has advised Intel, Samsung, Starbucks, IKEA, Audi, Chrysler, Hyundai, Tishman Speyer, British Land, André Balazs Properties, Aldar, Emaar, and Expo 2020, among many other organizations. He was the inaugural urbanist-in-residence at URBAN-X — BMW MINI’s urban tech accelerator. His writing has appeared in Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and many other publications. He is co-author of the 2011 critically acclaimed international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

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