Greg Lindsay, Coauthor, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next
Jeanne Gang, Principal and Founder, Studio Gang Architects

Globalization has not only rendered the world flat, but resulted in the growth of aerotropoli from Louisville, Kentucky to New Songdo, Korea. These aerotropoli represent a combination of airport, planned city, shipping facility, and business hub that many argue are the future of cities. Is the global trend towards increased emphasis on sustainability and livability at odds with the concept of airports as our city centers? Join us for a conversation with Greg Lindsay and Jeanne Gang as they discuss what happens when cities are designed or redesigned according to the logic of globalization, and how we will be living in 2020 and beyond.

Greg LindsayGreg Lindsay is an author and contributing writer for Fast Company. He is a fellow of the Hybrid Reality Institute, exploring the co-evolution of humans and technology. Lindsay was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and a senior correspondent at He has also written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Business 2.0, Time, Wired, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, I.D., The Guardian, and The Daily Beast. Lindsay received his B.S. from the University of Illinois.

Jeanne GangJeanne Gang is the founder and a principal of Studio Gang Architects. Spanning a variety of types and sizes, her works are connected by their engagement with pressing contemporary issues: chief among them urban density, sustainable infrastructure, and materials technology. Some of her recent projects include the 82-story Aqua Tower in Chicago, the O2 high-rise development in Hyderabad, India, the Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond, and the Northerly Island framework plan. An adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Emerging Leaders Program, Gang received her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her M.Arch. from Harvard University.

Lindsay’s latest book with co-author, John D. Kasarda, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, and Gang’s latest book, Reveal, will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

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Greg Lindsay

Jeanne Gang

*The Young Professionals (YP) series is designed to engage people under the age of 40 in discussions on world affairs. YP programs offer young Chicagoans the opportunity to hear from influential experts and policymakers while networking with others who share their international interests. Chicago Council programs for Young Professionals are generously supported by the John E. Rielly Fund.


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