Lauren Elkin credit David Ignaszewski for Koboy

Festival of the Future City Launch Event

Future Cities for All

Festival of the Future City/
Tue 17 November 2015

Festival of the Future City Launch Event

Future Cities for All

Lauren Elkin credit David Ignaszewski for Koboy
Tue 17 November 2015,

The future is urban. By 2050 70 per cent of the population will live in cities and towns. But how do we make cities liveable places that offer education, security, housing, work, a sense of place and a happy and fulfilling experience for all? How can we make cities more than just places for the wealthy? What makes an ideal city? This debate – which launches the 2015 Festival of the Future City – brings together academics, artists and writers to discuss what city living and working should be.

Introduced by Alan Wilson and starting with a lecture by Mark Walport looking at the findings of the Foresight Future of Cities programme, it is followed by a panel – one of the ‘The Way We Live Now’ national debates marking ten years of the AHRC – with Lauren Elkin (author of the forthcoming Flâneuse: The (Feminine) Art of Walking in Cities), Gabriella Gómez-Mont (Mexico City Lab), writer Olivia Laing (author of the forthcoming The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone), Richard Sennett (LSE), and Brent Toderian (former Vancouver city planner and now advisor to cities around the world.

Image credit:  Lauren Elkin – David Ignaszewski for Koboy

 

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