Speaking

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Speaker biography & photo

Tim speaks regularly at public and private events throughout the world. He is a popular keynote speaker and panellist.

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Testimonials from conference attendees

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His recent and forthcoming speaking appointments are listed below.

16-17th April 2015
Keynote presentation

“Back to the Future” – New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
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4th November 2014
Smart Cities for architects & urban planners and the Internet of Things

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building, London, UK.
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30th October 2014
The Spatial Architecture of the SMART City
Lessons from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

Keynote at Nikkei Smart City Week 2014, Yokohama, Japan.

The spatial layout of the city is a powerful economic and cultural asset. It creates a grid of connections that influences patterns of movement, land use, land value, public safety and community contact. Well-planned cities are “transaction machines”, bringing people together to form social and economic relations. Disconnected cities pose profound risks to civic well-being, distancing people from each other and from opportunities to transact.

The future of cities – including major national projects such as the planning of Tokyo 2020 – will be decided by the answers to key spatial design questions. Where, and in what numbers, are people going to live, work and take leisure? What forms of movement will exist to connect people together? What flows of resources will need to occur – for example with energy, water and waste – to support human behaviour patterns and what impacts will these have on the natural environment?

In his talk, Tim Stonor will present a scientific approach to the measurement of “spatial layout efficiency”, showing how street patterns can be analysed and optimised. Using examples from the UK, China and the USA – including the masterplanning of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – he will describe the essential, human qualities of a Smart City.
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24th October 2014
A new science for cities

Meeting of the Leaders and Chief Executives of the Key Cities, Brighton, UK.
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7th October 2014
50 years from now

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
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25th September 2014
Creative connections
Integrating data, technology and people to create great places

Future City_Connected Lifestyles event with The Academy of Urbanism, Milton Keynes, UK.
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17th September 2014
Integrated Urbanism

Massachusetts and the United Kingdom Partnership Forum: How Data Science is Shaping Future Cities, London, UK.

Massachusetts and the United Kingdom Partnership Forum
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18th June 2014
Transport for transaction
The rise of the pedestrian and the rebirth of the city

Launch of the Transport Systems Catapult, Milton Keynes, UK.

Cities are for transaction: economic and social transaction. People come to cities to trade. It’s why we have cities – they are intensifications of opportunities to trade. The public realm of the city – its network of streets and spaces – is where much of this trade occurs: a “transaction machine” which, like any machine, is more or less efficient depending on how it is engineered. This essential fact was forgotten in the twentieth century, when streets were designed as movement tubes, stripped of their “transactive function”. Shops were moved off streets and into precincts. Streets became roads, clear ways, urban freeways. The mantra of movement-at-all-costs pervaded the replanning of existing cities and the planning of new ones. Little surprise then that cities failed – the movement tubes became clogged with traffic looking for places to park up and trade.

And of course you can’t trade easily from one car to another. Don’t even try it!

In his talk, architect and urbanist Tim Stonor will chart the demise of the street network and sketch out a new way forward – one that puts people first: on foot, on bicycles and, yes, even in cars.
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3rd June 2014
Future Mobility

World Cities Summit, Singapore.

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19th May 2014
The fabric of the city

Electronic Textiles Workshop, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London, UK.

“Tim will be speaking about the “fabric of the city”: how the warp and weft of the street network creates patterns of movement and human encounter that drive urban innovation. He will argue that urban resilience is in large part dependent on cities having a particular kind of spatial layout: the continuously connected street grid. The twentieth century was a time of radical experimentation with the fabric if the city, with many kinds of new and different “weaves” being tested eg Brasilia, Milton Keynes, Cumbernauld. In contrast to the largely successful, continuously connected street grids of historic cities such as London, Paris and Barcelona, these new cities typically failed to work as intended. Tim will describe “Space Syntax”, a science-based, human-focused approach to the analysis and design of cities. He will end by describing the lessons that can be learned for the planning and design of future cities worldwide.”
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28th March 2014
Spatial Layout as Critical Infrastructure

IGEBC: International Green and Environmental Buildings Conference, Beijing, China.
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26th March 2014
Smart Society: enhancing the human dimension of smart and future cities

Speaking at the invitation of the organisers of the Kyoto Smart City Forum, Kyoto, Japan.
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18th March 2014
Move, interact, transact – the human dimension of Smart Cities

Speaking at the invitation of the organisers of the British Business Summit, Istanbul, Turkey.

I will be speaking about the behaviour of people in smart cities and the importance that should be given to well-designed public spaces, pedestrian links and cycling networks.

My keyword will be “transaction” – that the Smart City is a place that enhances the ability of people to trade both socially and economically. I will be saying that we have historically not been good at analysing and forecasting the movement of people in the fine-grain of the city and, because of this, we have designed too much for the car and too little for the important face-to-face contact that only happens when people become pedestrians.

As a result our cities have become congested with vehicles with negative consequences for social economic and environmental impacts.

I will show examples from London and around the world where a new, technology-driven approach has been taken to design public spaces and pedestrian connections such as Trafalgar Square and the Millennium Footbridge. I will end by showing new technology for analysing and designing cycle networks.
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11th March 2014
Predictive analytics – for urban planning, building design & spatial economics

Speaking at the invitation of the organisers of the UK-Singapore Future Cities Workshop, Singapore.
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6th March 2014
SkyCycle: a new approach to urban mobility

Invited to speak at Cities on the Move, organised by the New Cities Foundation and hosted by Google, Mountain View, California, USA.
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6-7th January 2014
New York

3rd-4th February 2014
San Francisco

30th-31st January 2014
Chicago

Speaking on behalf of the UK Government Office for Science as part of the UK-US Future Cities Knowledge Exchange Visit.
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23rd January 2014
Smart and Future Cities: a science-based and human-focused approach

Organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government at the invitation of the Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain, London, UK.
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1st November 2013
Measure, map, model, make
Space Syntax’s approach to strategic planning and design

The lecture is organised by Hangzhou Association of Urban & Rural Planning and Hangzhou City Planning & Design Academy.

1400-1700
17th Floor, Hangzhou EM Grand Hotel, 8 Wensan Road, Hangzhou, China
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30th September 2013
Space Syntax breakfast presentation

AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
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19th September 2013
The city as a transaction machine

MRS Creativity Lab, London, UK
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4th July 2013
Spatial accessibility planning & design

Christchurch City Council, Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch seminar_Summary_1307
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27th June 2013
Creating places of attraction

UNIMEV 2013, Nantes, France
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27th May 2013
Spatial accessibility & human behaviour

Christchurch Universal Design Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand
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21st May 2013
Designing for human behaviour

Keynote at Arup Forum, London, UK
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15th May 2013
create space : create value

Geospatial World Forum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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24th April 2013
Cities for people, an introduction to Space Syntax theory, technology & projects

South China University, Guangzhou, China
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23rd April 2013
Urban Design & Human Behaviour, a scientific approach

Science & Technology Day, Cities and Urban Design, Department for Communities and Local Government, London, UK
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22rd April 2013
High Speed 2 – the design of the stations and their urban settings

Committee Room 21, House of Commons, London, UK

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15th April 2013
The Parameters of Place – Science-based. Human focused.

Smartgeometry 13, London, UK
My presentation
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21st March 2013
The human architecture of the city – an introduction to Space Syntax

School of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
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15th March 2013
People first. Buildings second.

Beijing University, Beijing, China
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14th March 2013
People first. Buildings second.

School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin China
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4-5th December
Moscow Urban Forum

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The Master Plan — the New Spatial Policy
The spatial layout of the city is a powerful economic and cultural asset. It creates a grid of connections that influences patterns of movement, land use, land value, public safety and community contact. Well-planned cities are “transaction machines”, bringing people together to form social and economic relations. Disconnected cities pose profound risks to civic well-being, distancing people from each other and from opportunities to transact.

In his talk, Tim Stonor will present a scientific approach to the measurement of urban network efficiency, showing how street patterns can be analysed and optimised. Using examples from the UK, China and the USA, he will describe the urban planning challenges facing world cities and will argue that these can be addressed through the considered design of street networks.

Ton Schaap, Senior Urban Planner of Amsterdam, City Planning Department, The Netherlands

Tim Stonor, Architect and Urban Planner, Managing Director, Space Syntax Limited, Visiting Professor at University College London, UK

Thomas Madreiter, Project Manager, Municipal Department 18 – Urban Development and Planning, Head of the “smart city Vienna” project, Austria

Sergey Zuev, Dean of the institute of State Policy and Applied Humanitarian Research in the Russian Presidential Academic of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia

Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, Russia

Andrei Golovin, Head of “the Bureau of city Projects”, Perm, Russia

Yury Grigoryan, Architect, Head of the “Project Meganom” bureau, Russia

11:30-13:00 Hall D
The general plan of a city consists of the right to regulate construction activity within a particular territory. It is not a plan for urban planning activities, but a system of coordinates for these activities. we know the advantages of these systems. But its downsides lie in the fact that architects cannot respond to the municipal agenda and cannot advance their own agendas. The city has its own economic, social and ideological agendas. How are these agendas transformed into cohesive architecture and urban planning? What instrument should be used for this transformation? The General Plan? The Master Plan? Conceptual tenders? How are such problems resolved in other megacities around the world?
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23rd-25th November 2012
Keynote at Parametric Thinking & Making on Architecture and Urbanism (PaTMAU) International Conference, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

23rd November
People first, buildings second
My presentation

24th November
The parameters of place
My presentation


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13-15th November 2012
Challenges for the design, financing, governance & use of Smart Cities

Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona
My presentation
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18-20th September 2012
Sharing the power of place

AGIgeocommunity’12 Conference, Nottingham, UK
My presentation
Storify summary

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30th June 2012
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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22nd June 2012
Human City

Open House Worldwide Conference, London, UK
My presentation
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26th April 2012
RUDI Quality Streetscapes Conference
My slides
My presentation
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18th April 2012
Future Cities – cities of transaction

Technology Strategy Board Future Cities Workshop, RIBA London
My presentation
My notes
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11th April 2012
1st International Sign Design Society Seminar, London, UK
My presentation
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3rd April 2012
Science, space & sharing

Planning Breakout – grabbing the agenda before the dust settles
Ash Sakula Architects, London, UK


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8th March 2012
Measure, map, model, make – the Use of Geographic Information in the Planning and Design of Urban Environments

Association for Geographic Information Annual Conference, London, UK
My presentation
My notes
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14th December 2011
Fragmented landscapes – the rise of Landscape Urbanism & the threat it poses to the continuously connected city

Academy of Urbanism, London, UK
My presentation
My notes
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13th December 2011
London after the riots – were we too quick to write off poverty?

London Policy Conference, South Bank Centre, London, UK

This Conference will consider the major policy challenges facing the city and ask how we shape its future. Set to become an annual event – a ‘Davos for London’ – it will ask how London maintains its place in the world and how should policies now embrace ideas for the future to meet the challenges the city faces head on. Mayor of London Boris Johnson and leading candidate Ken Livingstone will both give keynote addresses to the Conference, alongside many other leading UK and international business figures, thinkers and commentators.

My presentation
My notes
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8th December 2011
The city as a transaction machine
The effects of space on social, economic & environmental performance

KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden
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7th December 2011
From the city to the bedside
Multi-modal, multi-scale & multi-active spatial environments

White Tengbom Team AB, Stockholm, Sweden
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25th November 2011
Approaching large scale urban design schemes
A framework for handling complexity

Inside Design Review, New London Architecture, London, UK
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19th October 2011
What does the future city look like?
Inhuman metropolis or rural idyll? All is not what it seems

IBM Smart City Conference, Helsinki, Finland
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17th October 2011
Creating effective places
Integrating transport & urban design

Rail-Volution 2011, Washington DC, USA
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11th October 2011
Understanding movement

Urban Design London, London, UK
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15th September 2011
Digital urbanism – the role of research in urban planning & policymaking

EPSRC, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, Swindon, UK
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17th June 2011
Upgrading urban slums

UNICEF, New York NY, USA


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OLIN Landscape Architects, Philadelphia PA, USA


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15th June 2011
National Capital Planning Commission, Washingon DC, USA


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25th May 2011
The role of technology in placemaking

Boston LivableStreets Alliance, Cambridge MA, USA


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11th May 2011
Measuring & modelling cities

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Urban Systems Symposium

NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate, New York NY, USA

“#Urbansys – This has been one roller-coaster day of presentations. @Tim_Stonor was the highlight for me so far.” Smart Streets Editor (@SmartstreetsEd)

“Beautiful and simple presentation  which has a creative impact – I hope it is reaching and being seen by those who can make a difference.” Donovan Gillman
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14th April 2011
Designing mobility for democracy

Designing Mobility for Democracy Symposium

NYU Institute for Public Knowledge, New York NY, USA
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23rd March 2011
Space Syntax & the future of urban planning software

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge MA, USA
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4th March 2011
Carbon emissions & spatial connections

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA

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28th February 2011
Performance planning

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA
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12-13th January 2011
Introduction to Space Syntax – Day 1

Introduction to Space Syntax – Day 2

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA
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24th January 2011
From highways to handshakes

Bright Lights, Portland OR, USA
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13th December 2010
Valuing the public realm

Community Development Department, Cambridge MA
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7th December 2010
Fragmented landscapes

Space Syntax, London, UK
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7th October 2010
Designing for transcation

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA
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28th September 2010
Urban sustainability

Community Development Department, Cambridge MA, USA
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28th March 2010
Low carbon masterplanning  Chinese translation

Low carbon masterplanning  English translation

6th IGEBC Conference, Beijing, China
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28th September 2009
Physical activity planning

Physical Activity and the Environment Stakeholder Seminar, Gloucester, UK
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9th July 2009
The spatial components of sustainability

Taiyuan Executive Forum, Taiyuan, China
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30th April 2009
Urban XRays – getting under the skin of the city

Academy of Urbanism City XRays Workshop, London, UK
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30th January 2009
The architecture of behaviour and the new urban beauty

Destinazione Italia 2020, Torino, Italy

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