City Conversations

the invisible city


Cities now have new hidden infrastructures often defined as ‘smart’ with their drive towards gathering big data and processing integrated intelligence. These bring diverse issues – energy, health and wellbeing, data access, privacy and security. Infrastructure is no longer solely an issue of civic delivery; cities are now the battleground for big technology companies. This also has democratic implications. In some cases we are still quantifying the benefits and risks of these technologies; in others we are anticipating the next disruptive intervention which will change the quality of city life.

This conversation will discuss these new invisible infrastructures and the often invisible impact on citizens. How do we go about making them more visible and democratic? What are the challenges for infrastructure professionals, and those they work with? What will be the next disruptive shift and how can this be managed through planning for the future benefit of the city as a whole?

Speakers include:

- Henry Fletcher, associate director at BuroHappold (chair)

- Stephen Hilton, director of the Futures Group, Bristol City Council

- Hugh Knowles, director of IOT Academy

- Indy Johar, co-founder of Project00

- Judith Ward, director of Sustainability First

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Drinks and networking will start from 6.00pm. The talk will begin at 6.30pm and finish around 9.00pm.

City Conversations is aseries of informative thought-leadershipdiscussions around the big issues that are changing our cities - growth, technology, resource efficiency and climate change. The conversations will address not only the new and changing infrastructure of cities but also how these are brought about and their impact on the lifestyle and wellbeing of citizens.

This series is produced by The Happold Foundation with ngenuity Ltd and supported by The Building Centre and Rehau.