Good afternoon. I’m delighted to be a member of this panel today.
Let me start by describing my organisation’s approach to the creation of cities from scratch.
Space Syntax is an international urban planning and design studio and has been involved in plans for new cities and new city extensions throughout the world, including here in Kazakhstan.
Our approach is built on three key ingredients: Continue reading Cities from scratch – Astana Economic Forum
Good afternoon. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be here in Astana today with this distinguished panel.
In speaking about the cities of the future I’d like to speak about three technologies that I think are not only exciting but are also capable of genuinely addressing the “Global Challenges” theme of this Forum.
The first is a mobility technology. The second is a physical transaction technology. The third is a digital technology.
As an architect involved in the design of everything from new buildings and public spaces to entirely new cities, these are three technologies that I’m particularly invested in. Continue reading The return of the impossible – Astana Economic Forum
Contribution at workshop on UK-China Future Cities Collaboration Programme, Beijing, China
Organised by the British Embassy, Beijing
20th March 2018
I would like to address the first objective of this workshop, namely a framework for UK-China collaboration on smart, green and sustainable future cities.
Let me begin by saying that our task is helped by the fact that many valuable frameworks already exist:
First, we have many long-established academic networks. Second, we have project-based networks that bring professionals together around planning and construction projects. Third we have professional networks formed around the many conferences that have brought together UK and China experts for many years, and continue to do so. Continue reading Smart, green & sustainable future cities
Slide 1 Technology is the answer
I’d like to begin with a little scepticism about new technology. Of course “Technology is the answer“, said Cedric Price in 1966. He also said, “But what is the question?”
What are the questions that we are trying to answer in the pursuit of autonomous vehicle technologies?
I don’t think it’s enough to talk about intelligent mobility from the perspective of the driver alone. I’d like us to think about its benefits for cities as a whole. And the risks too, if we focus too much on the vehicle and not enough on what’s around it: the city. Continue reading Intelligent mobility: risks & rewards
1. We need to have a clear definition of technology. Physical as well as digital technology. Users and uses as well as creators and providers. Pre-construction, construction, post-construction.
2. Because we’ve always had technology:
a. Writing (wooden stylus & wax tablet) movement
b. Air conditioning – occupancy
c. Underfloor heating – occupancy
d. The shower – personal
e. Bicycle – movement
f. Revolving door – occupancy
g. The elevator – occupancy
h. The car – movement
i. Solar panels – occupancy
j. The Internet – movement & occupancy
k. Autonomous vehicles – movement
l. Drones – movement
m. Photofungal trees – place
We’ve always had technology. It’s always changed. Perhaps the pace is accelerating globally (but we shouldn’t forget the industrial revolution).
3. What hasn’t changed is the fundamental purpose of cities: social and economic trade.
4. In the future, autonomous vehicles will change the nature of movement. They will permit people to be far more productive while they drive.
5. Another key, and consequential, change will be in the nature of physical connections, transformed from highways to streets. Connectivity (as Chris Choa suggested) as an asset.
6. Therefore the street as an asset. The piazza as an asset. Not just the buildings that line them. The suburban business park will go the way of the dinosaurs.
7. The nature of online interaction is a further area of significant new change.
1. Aspects of sustainability/resilience: SMART outcomes
Social – improvements in formation & retention of social connections
Environmental – increases in renewable energy production and reductions in energy demand
Economic – increases in land value creation
Health – improvements in public health outcomes
Education – improvements in achievements/qualifications
Safety – reductions in offending & reoffending.
Urban carbon footprint is made up of:
1. Building carbon.
2. Transport carbon.
Urban carbon reduction can be achieved by:
1. Building carbon reduction – intelligent building services: heating/cooling, lighting.
2. Transport carbon reduction – walking, cycling, public transport & less private vehicle use.
2. Process specification: SMART inputs
1. Integrated Urban Modelling of existing building performance and transport performance.
2. Predictive Urban Modelling of expected development impacts.
3. Asset requirements for SMART approach
1. Pervasive data sensing
2. Data mapping – centrally coordinated & then distributed eg open platform distribution
3. Data analysis – undertaken by city, academia & industry then shared
4. Planning & design response – use of data to create development proposals
5. Development proposal testing – using the Integrated Urban Model.
Notes for keynote at UK Green Building Council Annual City Summit, Birmingham.
1. Spatial planning & human behaviour implications of sustainability – reduction of transport carbon through shift towards walking, cycling & public transport
2. A massive shift needed in transport + land use planning, urban + landscape design, architecture. Professional inertia. Turning the supertanker.
3. A massive opportunity. Reason to turn.
4. Lessons from the past eg Pompeii, Brindley Place.
5. Examples from the present eg Darwin, London SkyCycle, Birmingham Charette.
6. UK government: Smart & Future cities agenda is a sustainability agenda.
7. Social inequalities dimension of sustainability.
8. Need to act at all scales simultaneously ie there’s work for all of us to do.
9. Challenge for modelling.
10. Challenge for research.
11. Challenge for practice: design, development & real estate investment.
12. Already being acted on. The supertanker is turning.