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Philip Enquist
Urban Planner, Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP, Chicago
“Smart Cities for the 21st Century”

We are living in remarkable times, especially in terms of the worldwide trend of
population migration from the countryside to the city. Our goal as designers of
urban districts and cities is to influence urban growth so that it is intelligent and
sustainable. We all must make a profound commitment to building distinctive,
culturally rich, humane and environmentally friendly cities. It is our responsibility.

As we build tall buildings and urban districts, we must provide global examples of
how to transform the 20th century city into the smart city of this new century
which is so urgently needed. Transportation, food, energy, building technologies,
are all being influenced by our growing global population and our reduction in
environmental quality and natural resources.

We can do better at problem solving as we enter this new era.


Philip Enquist leads the urban design and planning studios in SOM's Chicago office. Mr. Enquist's work is
focused on the rebuilding of inner cities, their commercial centers and neighborhoods, the strengthening
of existing city infrastructure of streets and transit, and the preservation of the natural environment.
He lectures widely and is well known for his ability to assess and synthesize the disparate elements
of urban design.

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