MAS Context Spring Talks 2016

A Lot You Got to Holler

June 29, 2016 at 5:30PM

Newcity, MAS Context, and the Chicago Design Museum presented a live recording of “A Lot You Got to Holler,” Newcity’s podcast about architecture, urbanism and design. The event took place at the Chicago Design Museum.


For A Lot You Got to Holler’s first-ever live podcast, the team shined a light on the most hidden and obscured element of urbanism that’s changing how we interact with cities in every way: data. Invisible streams of 1’s and 0’s pour out of our transit systems, buildings, and utility infrastructure, and into our smartphones, giving us a more dynamic look at what’s happening in our environment second-by-second.

Hosts Zach Mortice and Newcity Design Editor Ben Schulman were joined by Chicago’s own data czar, John Tolva, former City of Chicago Chief Technology Officer and President of Postive Energy Practice, on his last night in town before he moves to Denver with his family. With a crowd of design-lovers at the Chicago Design Museum, Tolva gave his pitch for why we need sensors clipped onto Divvy bikes, and why the snowplow tracker is the city’s most popular website, all before he absconds to the Rockies in a U-Haul full of Chicago’s data!

The event was sponsored by The Chicago Design Museum and MAS Context. Special thanks to recording engineer Tim Joyce.

Thanks to the Chicago Design Museum for hosting.