PRESS RELEASE -
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
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.
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 worlds 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 Arups internal think-tank and consultancy which
deals with the future of the built environment and society at large. It
serves Arups 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.