City Conversations: The Living City


The living city consists of four elements - governance, environment, urban development and community - combining with a new layer of so-called smart infrastructure which can sense, communicate, process and respond to enable a richer interaction with the urban realm. The potential for a smart built environment is huge but cities have thus far failed to make the promised leaps forward. 

Policy, leadership, joined-up initiatives and more pioneering examples are often seen as ingredients that will turn opportunity into projects. There are notable exceptions such as the energy sector, driven by economics and legislation, and transport where the high-tech disrupters have exciting visions and deep pockets. Can we learn more from these? Most importantly, how does the ordinary citizen benefit from ‘the smart city’ and drive demand?

With so much potential for intervention and disruption from the technology sector, this City Conversation will discuss how cities should be planning for the future.

Speakers include:

- Rob Moyser, director at BuroHappold Engineering (chair)

- Steve Lewis, founder & CEO of Living PlanIT

- Matt Gee, head of digital transformation at Isobar

- Bill Clee, founder & CEO of Asset Mapping

This talk is free to attend but booking is essential. Registration will be from 6pm and the talk will start at 6.30pm.

City Conversations are produced by The Happold Foundation with ngenuity Ltd and supported by The Built Environment Trust.