OF THE FUTURE
Proceedings of a Symposium Honoring the Legacy of George Bugliarello
Mohammad Karamouz and Thomas F. Budinger, Editors
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Livable Cities of the Future, a symposium honoring the legacy of George Bugliarello, was hosted October 26, 2012, by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University1 (NYU-Poly) in the Pfizer Auditorium of the Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology. The event brought together more than 200 engineers, civic leaders, educators, and futurists to discuss how George Bugliarello’s vision manifests itself in innovative urban planning for the cities of tomorrow.
The symposium objectives were to cultivate ideas for best practices and innovative strategies for sustainable urban development and to facilitate the evolution of New York City to a real-life laboratory for urban innovation. Participants heard the perspectives and experiences of representatives from private and public service operators, infrastructure agencies, and the academic community. Elected officials and other stakeholders in urban and other sectors examined issues critical to resilient and sustainable cities, such as energy, water supply and treatment, public health, security infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications, and environmental protection.
The event was organized in three parts (the program is reproduced in the Appendix). Part I opened with welcome remarks by Jerry Hultin, NYU-
1 On January 1, 2014, Polytechnic Institute became the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.
Poly president and symposium chair, and an introduction by symposium cochair and session moderator Mohammad Karamouz, who presented the symposium objectives and reflected on George Bugliarello’s intellectual courage and innovative thinking about the integration of engineering, the biosphere, and society. This was followed by a keynote speech by the Honorable Robert K. Steel, New York City deputy mayor for economic development, and reflections on the legacy of George Bugliarello by Ruth David, president and CEO, Analytic Services, Inc., on behalf of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and by Richard S. Thorsen,2 NYU-Poly vice president emeritus.
Part II, on fundamental needs and emerging challenges in large cities, was divided into two sessions. The first addressed infrastructure renewal for water, energy, and transportation, with presentations by Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (delivered on his behalf by John Ma, his chief of staff); Andrew W. Herrmann,2 president of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Craig S. Ivey, president of Consolidated Edison Company of New York; and Daniel (Pete) Loucks, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University. Ilan Juran,2 director of the NYU-Poly Urban Infrastructure Institute, moderated the session, which was followed by luncheon speaker Honorable David Miller, former mayor of Toronto. The second session, moderated by John C. Falcocchio,2 director of the NYU-Poly Intelligent Transportation Systems Center, concerned sustainability, information technology, and the environment, with presentations by Joan McDonald, commissioner for the New York State Department of Transportation; Ruthie D. Lyle, with IBM’s Smart Cloud for Social Business; Upmanu Lall, director of the Water Center at Columbia University Earth Institute (text not included in this volume); and Carter H. Strickland, Jr., commissioner for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Part III, a panel discussion of challenges to the way forward, was moderated by Paul Horn,2 New York University Distinguished Scientist in Residence and senior vice provost for research. The panelists were Steven E. Koonin,2 director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP); Gerard M. Mooney, vice president of IBM Global Smarter Cities; Thomas D. O’Rourke,2 Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering at Cornell University; and Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport,2 NYU-Poly David Lee/Ernst Weber
2 Member of the Symposium Steering Committee. The complete lists of Steering Committee members and Symposium sponsors are in the Appendix, pages 159–160.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Closing remarks were delivered by Katepalli R. Sreenivasan,2 NYU-Poly provost and NYU senior vice provost for science and technology.
We are indebted to Symposium Chair Jerry Hultin, Honorary Chair Paul Soros, and the members of the Steering Committee, whose dedicated efforts ensured the breadth and success of this important event. In addition to those identified above, the committee benefited from the expert guidance of Lawrence Chiarelli, interim head of the NYU-Poly Department of Civil and Urban Engineering; Lance A. Davis, NAE executive officer; Kristen Day, head, NYU-Poly Department of Technology, Culture, and Society; Rose J. Emma, former assistant to George Bugliarello; Ivan T. Frisch, former executive vice president and provost, NYU-Poly; Kathleen Hamilton, director, NYU-Poly Marketing and Communications; Charles M. Vest, NAE president and president emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Wm. A. Wulf, NAE president emeritus and former University Professor and AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Virginia; and Rae Zimmerman, professor of planning and public administration, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Science, and director, NYU Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS).
We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the symposium’s generous sponsors: the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Academy of Engineering, NYU-Poly Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, Forest City Ratner Companies, University Transportation Research Center, Hardesty & Hanover, NYU alumni Walter Bell, Virginia Bugliarello,2 Robert Dalziel,2 and Craig Matthews, and former colleague and University of Pittsburgh professor Tin-Kan Hung.
This volume opens with an overview of George Bugliarello’s accomplishments and research, followed by a summary of each session and 18 papers based on the speakers’ presentations. We are grateful for thoughtful editing by Cameron Fletcher, NAE senior editor, and for her role in shepherding these proceedings to publication. We also appreciate the assistance of Rose Emma and NYU Environmental Engineering Program graduate students Bianca Caraballa, Jatin Rathi, and Sally-Jeanne Watkins in the preparation of the proceedings.
This effort is intended to become a biennial symposium with the purpose of continuing to expand on the contributions toward urban resiliency that George Bugliarello spearheaded. The NYU-Poly Civil and Urban Engineer-
ing Department is determined to take a lead role in promoting collaborations among institutions and agencies for a better New York City, and future events will include national figures in policy and decision making, urban planning, resource allocation, and economics as well as cultural and social issues.
Mohammad Karamouz, Symposium Cochair
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
Thomas F. Budinger3
University of California, Berkeley
3 NAE Home Secretary and member of the Steering Committee.
Robert K. Steel
Richard S. Thorsen
Ilan Juran, moderator
Patrick J. Foye
Andrew W. Herrmann
Craig S. Ivey
Daniel P. Loucks
David R. Miller
John C. Falcocchio, moderator
Ruthie D. Lyle and Colin Harrison
Carter H. Strickland, Jr. and Christopher M. Hawkins
Paul M. Horn, moderator
Steven E. Koonin
Gerard M. Mooney
Thomas D. O’Rourke
Theodore S. Rappaport