Institute for Advanced Urbanization and Artificial Intelligence (IAUAI)

At Rapid Urbanism, we are launching the Institute for Advanced Urbanization and Artificial Intelligence. IAUAI will act as a non-profit host for a broad initiative for market-based and inclusive slum prevention and upgrading. To make the initiative a success, we invite your collaboration and partnership.

One of IAUAI’s key tasks will be the creation of an artificial intelligence (AI) application to support the planning of inclusive urbanization projects, the design of respective city and national policies as well as private sector business plans for labor-intensive land, infrastructure and shelter developers and respective financial institutions.

We are certain that this will make a major difference in managing inclusive, sustainable, resilient and safe urbanization through mobilization of domestic resources (e.g. land-based financing and inclusive financial services), local economic development (e.g. profitable business plans with a labour-intensive approach) and participation of the urban poor. As part of its commitment, Rapid Urbanism will incubate IAUAI with base equity plus invest significant time and effort to kick off the Institute. IAUAI will initially be lead by its founding director Matt Nohn, principal of Rapid Urbanism.

Now is the right time to leverage partnerships for building AI for developing more inclusive, more resilient, safer and more sustainable cities — with and through the participation of the urban poor, the domestic private sector, governments and the international community. The event is supported by Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, SIGUS at MIT, UN-Habitat’s Slum Upgrading and Housing Branch, and Rapid Urbanism.

This event is open to anyone interested in using artificial intelligence for better managing rapid urbanization challenges and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, focusing in the urbanization and housing value chain. We look forward to mobilizing new collaborations and partnerships with interested actors from civil society, private sector, governments and bilateral/international agencies, foundations, academia and beyond.

For further information please refer to the attachments:
1. draft specifications for the AI (in English)
2. draft statute of IAUAI (in German)
3. draft statute of the initial articles, including the mission statement (English translation)