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SXSW 2018

Sustainability: Hacking the Urban Infrastructure

The sustainable tech and agricultural industries are racing to adapt at the pace of global urbanization. Architects, like Thomas Kosbau, are designing the city of the future from the inside out. With projects ranging from energy-producing algae walls in the Bronx, shipping container mini-farms at Musk brothers-darling SquareRoots in Brooklyn to his fresh water-producing tower prototype in Austin, Texas, the urban environment is Kosbau’s laboratory.

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  1. How can our existing urban infrastructure be reconfigured to become more sustainable or perhaps even have new collateral uses?
  2. What is the contemporary architect’s responsibility in the face of environmental crises?
  3. Which methodologies are rising to become the next wave of sustainable breakthroughs in our built environment?



Dustin O'Neal, Founder, DNA

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Cities Summit
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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