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The Future of Metro Vitality

A collaboration between the Association of Professional Futurists and the Club of Amsterdam and hosted by ARUP Foresight + Research + Innovation.

This event will focus on the human aspect of the Future of Cities. The soft architecture of cities.

There are many conversations on the technology and infrastructure of our cities of the future. But on the social and cultural side there is less depth. Extrapolations from generational models derived from a pre-digital world seem archaic. Personas based on smart consumer electronics seem limited. Yet much of the value created by cities comes from culture and people, not from hard structures.

And a whole cluster of trends means that people in cities seem to have more in common with each other than with people living in their own country outside of the city. Are we watching a deep global change in values and understanding - led by the boom in city living?

This collaborative gathering with the Association of Professional Futurists and the Club of Amsterdam uses their approach of a short set of talks then a facilitated across floor dialogue.

Josef Hargrave, Associate - Foresight + Research + Innovation at Arup
Josef sets out possibilities for Future City Architectures into which metro vitality will play

Josef will draw upon the work of ARUP Foresight for his presentation. The ARUP Foresight group have been particularly active in thinking about the social as well as the built future of cities in the past year. This is exemplified by their recent Cities Alive projects 'Rethinking Green Architecture’ and just published Rethinking the Shades of the Night

Dan Hill, Executive Director, Futures and Best Practice, Future Cities Catapult

Charles Landry - International authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change
Cities of Ambition: vitality and viability

The aim of great city making should be to create the conditions to allow people to think, plan and act with imagination in making, shaping and co-creating their city.
Drawing on his recent study of 30 European cities Charles will seek to answer the question:
“What do cities do to make the most of their potential and why do some punch above their expected weight”.

Event details
the future of Metro Vitality

Friday, April 24, 2015, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration 1:30 PM
Location: ARUP, 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T4BQ, United Kingdom

The entrance is free. We recommend that you reserve your seat[s]


A collaboration between the Association of Professional Futurists and the Club of Amsterdam and hosted by ARUP Foresight + Research + Innovation.


The Association of Professional Futurists - APF is a growing community of professional futurists dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of futures thinking.
Futurists work in global corporations, small businesses, consultancies, education, non-profits and governments. The APF was founded in 2002 and now includes 300 members from twenty-five countries.

Club of Amsterdam
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
We organise events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society. We currently have more than 4,500 members globally.

ARUP Foresight + Research + Innovation.
This event is hosted by ARUP Foresight + Research + Innovation. Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organization. Most recently, its work for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment.
ARUP Foresight is Arup’s internal think-tank and consultancy which deals with the future of the built environment and society at large. It serves Arup’s global business as well as external clients from a broad range of regions and sectors. It helps organizations understand trends, explore new ideas, and radically rethink the future of their business.

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