Focus On: Cities of the future

In this video roundup we focus on four different aspects of city making and design in the urban context.

The connected city with Carlo Ratti and Assaf Biderman

Imagine a city where you know in real time everything that is happening around you. In this talk, Carlo Ratti and Assaf Biderman from MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory explain what the integration of technology and real-time data will mean for our urban future. 

What kind of future do we want to imagine for a city that is both cyber and physical? Biderman asks.

Watch their full talk here

The social city with Bland Hoke and Howard Chambers

Bland Hoke and Howard Chambers, recent graduates of Parsons the New School for Design, believe that cities work best when they are designed for people. Here the duo speak about their Softwalks project and how this one small intervention within the city's exisiting infrastructure had a big impact on people's interaction with one another.

The mobile city with Alfredo Brillembourg 

Urban-Think Tank founding partner Alfredo Brillembourg believes that mobility, beyond the traditional car, is one of the greatest democratisers in the city because it connects the informal with the formal and the richest neighbourhoods with the poorest.

Today, in the absence of the utopias and failed dreams of the 1950s' carmetroplis, we search for an alternative urbanism, he says.  

The safe city with Kees Dorst 

Social designer Kees Dorst talks about the Design Out Crime initiative in Sydney, which address the important issues of safety and fear in society. 

"By improving public spaces and the usablity of cities, you create opportunities for the good things to happen more often, which tends to crowd out the bad things," he says.