Human Cities Expo  |  FALL 2017  |  RSVP HERE

Wednesday, DECEMBER 6 from 11AM-6PM


Join us for the annual Human Cities Expo, a day-long celebration bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on advancing a human-centered approach to cities.

The theme of the Fall 2017 Expo is “Time for Hope: Finding and Forging Inspiration.” It features interactive exhibits, student presentations, and keynote talks from distinguished scholars and practitioners. Special highlights include an interactive workshop, Fluid Cities, and community-based projects in Hong Kong, Beijing, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Exhibition hall open from 11am-6pm

Guided Tours 1-1:30pm, 3:30-4pm, 5:30-6pm


Retaking the Commons // Public Space, Public Participation in Hong Kong

Defining Smart Cities // Research Posters

International Urbanization // Beijing




11:00am-12:00pm: Carol Mancke and Trena Noval, Fluid Cities Workshop

12:00-12:30pm: Welcome Remarks

Kevin Hsu and Deland Chan, Stanford Human Cities Initiative

Zephyr Frank, Stanford Program on Urban Studies, Professor of Latin American History, Gildred Professor of Latin American Studies

Jack Baker, Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Zhao, Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035

12:30-1:00pm: Gretchen Addi, Designer-in-Residence, Aging2.0

1:30-3:30pm: Sustainable Cities Seminar Presentations

Assessing Future Housing and Transportation Patterns in Palo Alto
Evaluating Minimum Wage Ordinance Impacts on Economic Development in Mountain View
Promoting Local Climate Action Through Youth Engagement in Schools
Development of Backyard Sheltering Toolkit in San Francisco
Empowering Residents in Housing Planning in the Alisal, Salinas

4:00-4:30pm: David Lu, CEO, Clarity

4:30-6:00pm: Defining Smart Cities Seminar Presentations

Mapping the Air: Comparing Innovations in Air Pollution Sensing
Transforming Urban Bay Area Cities into Smart Cities: Case Study of Palo Alto
Fixing Paradise: Combating Homelessness in Honolulu
Vertical Farming in the Modern City
The Reinvention of Single Room Occupancy Housing: Shared Living as a Solution for the Affordable Housing Crisis in New York City
Citizen Engagement Using Augmented Reality & Wearable Technology  


Gretchen Addi is a consultant and designer-in-residence at Aging2.0. She was previously an Associate Partner and business lead for IDEO in the Bay Area for 17 years. She led IDEO’s efforts to build a domain of work in the Aging space as well as providing mentorship and guidance to the Design Research discipline. She is passionate about the power of empathy and design, and the people who make it happen as well as speaking and writing on the needs of the aging population. She brings a strong strategic point of view to all of her work, both from a brand and service perspective. Gretchen is a board member of SF Village and At Home with Growing Older and on the advisory board for the Center for Aging + Brain Health Innovation in Toronto, Canada.

David Lu is the co-founder and CEO of Clarity Movement Co, an environmental tech startup focused on changing how we understand the environment by deploying dense networks for real-time air quality monitoring. Prior to starting Clarity, David was a key leader in the University of California’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign and worked alongside the Arctic Campaign Director at Greenpeace. Fueled by his everlasting passion for improving our environment, namely mitigating climate change, David believes in using data driven approaches to address the issues arising in global environmental crises. David earned his BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Carol Mancke is an artist, architect and educator working at the intersection of art and cities. Her practice engages a range of time frames and scales involving drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, architecture and urbanism. Her work has featured in solo and group shows in Britain, Japan and Australia. For the past 8 years, she has been developing opportunities for collaborative thinking by making clearings - ephemeral places where time appears to pause and different kinds of conversations might be possible. Carol’s Table 15 responds to Hannah Arendt’s use of the image of a table with people seated around it to illustrate how our ‘common world’ holds us together and keeps us apart. If we take this image further and imagine the table as round and see ourselves seated around it, then we understand how we each see things placed on the table from a different perspective. Such a table might become a setting where Arendt’s ‘worldly reality’ could appear and thus contribute imaginatively to the generation of opportunities for action. Carol teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Trena Noval is an artist and designer whose work engages participatory research strategies, generosity, cross-disciplinary platforms and social engagement. At the heart of her work is the investigation of the intersections of social and natural ecologies. Currently she has been exploring the role of collective thinking and actions in a variety of contexts with others, forming communities of mutual practice. She is a founding artist of the 3rd Space Lab Collective, a cultural exchange group of artists from the Bay Area and Bangalore, India, and Fieldworks Collaborative co-founded with Ann Wettrich. Noval teaches at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco.


The Human Cities Expo is organized by the Stanford Human Cities Initiative with support from the Program on Urban Studies, Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, Haas Center for Public Service, Earth Systems Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Stanford, and Tsinghua University Academy of Art & Design and Department of Construction Management.