NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Urban Lab to Host Panel Presentation on “The Driverless City”

October 30th Event Will Feature Evan Cohen, Regional Director, Lyft; Jack Robbins Principal, FXFOWLE; and Eric Rothman, President, HR&A Advisors


NEW YORK, October 26, 2017 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab will present a panel discussion titled, “The Driverless City,” on Monday, October 30. The discussion will explore the impact of autonomous vehicles on transportation, urban design, real estate, and economic development.

With companies including Lyft and Uber piloting self-driving programs in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and elsewhere, cities are assessing and beginning to brace for the impact of driverless car technology. While autonomous vehicles have the potential to transform cities into more sustainable, economically productive places to live and work, they also threaten to decrease transit revenue and perpetuate the divides between low-income and affluent residents. The future of driverless technology may hinge on the ability of local leaders and public policy initiatives to prioritize these concerns.

Moderated by Steven Pedigo, a clinical assistant professor and director of the NYUSPS Urban Lab, the panel of experts will examine how driverless cities can reduce congestion and car dependency while supplementing the valuable revenue streams from parking and public transit. Most importantly, they will consider how to plan for a driverless future that prioritizes inclusivity and innovation.

Sam Chandan, PhD FRICS, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development & Investment and associate dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, will provide introductory remarks.


  • Evan Cohen, Regional Director, Lyft
  • Jack Robbins, Principal, FXFOWLE
  • Eric Rothman, President, HR&A Advisors

The event will take place on Monday, October 30, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life.

For media inquiries, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

The NYUSPS Urban Lab at the Schack Institute of Real Estate develops new understanding of the economic and real estate trends that are shaping our cities. For more information, please visit sps.nyu.edu/urbanlab.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. Fifty years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute’s graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s executive education, Diploma, and Career Advancement courses each year.

An anchor of real estate academia’s engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE), and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute’s faculty members, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation. For more information about the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, visit sps.nyu.edu/schack.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.