Third Thursday - Urban Technology Testbed
As urban populations grow and demand on city services continue to add complex pressures for cities, technologies play an increasingly vital role in making our cities healthier and cleaner. Find out more about FCC Urban Technology Testbed Program and how you could be involved in providing innovative solutions at this event.
Breakfast Briefing: Why good neighbourhood design might be all about children
Research by ZCD Architects over the last few years has revealed the extent to which social use of external spaces can vary significantly between developments, depending on their layout. Most importantly, children's independent play may be at the heart of the success stories. The practice's most recent research, Neighbourhood Design: working with children towards a child friendly city, was carried out with children on an inner city estate in Hackney. It is already having an impact on the draft London plan, the new Housing Design Guidance for London and policies at a more local level.
Car parking in cities: immobility and infrastructure
Cars provide us with flexible mobility, freedom, comfort and experience of progress. But these aspects of automobility are based on cars in movement – a partial picture which misses the fact that usually they remain stationary. As such, they are problematic for drivers, create obstacles for people in public places and have to be managed, often at a great cost, as they take up large portion of urban space.
Future City Catapult drop-in session for SMEs
Every two weeks, Future Cities Catapult’s SME development team will be hosting 45-minute drop-in sessions at the Urban Innovation Centre.
Lunchtime Lecture: Smarter cities, empowered communities
Cities are nothing without the citizens and communities that bring them to life. But similarly, the day-to-day living and quality of life of those citizens and communities is dependent on a city’s infrastructure and associated services. But gathering the data needed to maintain and optimise urban infrastructure (using precise physical sensors for example) can be costly when it comes to procurement, installation and maintenance of data gathering tech.
Homes fit for the future – accelerating the deep retrofit market
If the UK is to meet its climate change goals we have to radically reduce our domestic energy use. But most homes of the future have already been built. A programme to accelerate the market in the deep retrofitting of homes might be answer.
Third Thursday - Digital Street Infrastructure
City infrastructure is increasingly becoming digital as well as physical, opening up new opportunities for the public and private sector. Companies paint bold visions of how their technology will change our cities but what is the reality, will this technology just damage the streetscape creating street clutter or could it really change the face of our cities for the better. Join us to hear about how digital street furniture is changing cities now and how it could develop.
Breakfast Briefing: ‘8 Realities’ – Future proofing the Creative Industries with Jazz Rasool
Putting innovation at the heart of India’s ‘Smart 100’
We are proud to welcome Jyothi Gupta, Architect and Data Scientist (Smart Cities and Urban Analytics) at University College London, to discuss the key developments in Prime Minister Modi's 'Smart 100' challenge of 2015, and some of the exciting developments and opportunities on the horizon.