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Global Futures: The Future of Cities


The Future of Cities and how we will live next

Nick Dunn

Thursday 13th October 2016

Nick Dunn

For a copy of the lecture slides please click here: The future of cities – slides

We are told that cities are the future. Future cities have long been dreamt up by a wide range of artists, architects, and visual designers. They are culturally and socially important as they are reflecting points of time historically, thus reflecting a society’s attitudes. However, cities are also resource hungry and often far from being sustainable. Indeed there are significant implications of ageing populations, climate change, health and wellbeing and rapid population growth for our global future. Many of these issues come together in cities which are complex systems of numerous interrelationships. Smart Cities have been prominently placed as a response to many of these challenges but is such technological determinism desirable and is there an art to being smart?

Prof Nick Dunn is Chair of Urban Design and Executive Director of Imagination, an open and exploratory research lab at Lancaster University. He is Associate Director of the Institute for Social Futures, where he also leads research in the Future of Cities and Urbanism. His work responds to the contemporary city as a series of systems, flows and processes, and is explored through experimentation and discourse addressing the nature of urban space. His work for the UK Government Office for Science and projects such as the EPSRC-funded Liveable Cities seeks to build scientific evidence to better understand the future of cities. In particular, he is interested in why and how (maybe even where and when) we design, rather than what we design. He has published numerous books related to architecture and urbanism and his papers have been published and presented internationally and collaborative creative work exhibited across the UK, China and the Ukraine.

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