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The Festival of the Future City

The Festival of the Future City

Each year the Bristol Festival of Ideas, which is supported by The West of England Initiative and Business West, stimulates people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate.
 
In a special series of debates during November which focuses on the future of urban environments, The Festival of the Future City – one of the Arts Council England supported Exceptional projects – will be the largest debate ever about the city and the future. The series will bring together academics, city planners, artists, writers, filmmakers, games makers, architects, politicians, journalists and commentators and others to debate the future city with the public.
 
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The aims of Festival of the Future City are: to inspire wide thinking and debate about the future of cities; to look at examples of good practice in cities that will help promote a better and more resilient, sustainable and prosperous future for all.
 

Download the full programme of events HERE


 
Below is a list of events at the Festival of the Future City which we think will be of particular interest to you:
 

Cristiana-Fragola-215x225New Thinking about Cities (1)

Wed 18 November 2015, 9:00-10:30, Watershed

With Cristiana Fragola on resilience; Eva Gladek on systems thinking and sustainability; Richard Sennett on a new Charter of Athens; Brent Toderian on liveable cities; Charlie Catlett on cities and the Array of Things; and Mark Walport on the Foresight Future of Cities work.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6888/new-thinking-about-cities-1/
 

Gary-younge-credit-The-Guardian-e1442845233483-215x225The Future of World Cities (1)

Wed 18 November 2015, 11:00-12:00, Watershed

Tim Moonen outlines the opportunities, problems and challenges facing world cities; Susan Parnell looks specifically at Africa; Olamide Udoma at Lagos; and Gary Younge (US correspondent of the Guardian for 12 years) talks about the American experience.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6893/the-future-of-world-cities-1/
 

Michael-Marmot-c-Charles-Gervaise-215x225Michael Marmot: The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

Wed 18 November 2015, 12:30-13:30, Watershed

There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. Michael Marmot explores compelling new evidence from around the world that has the potential to radically change the way we think about health, and indeed society.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6897/the-challenge-of-an-unequal-world/
 

Kaplan-author-photo-landscape-no-credit-needed-e1442413692107-215x225Jerry Kaplan: What is the Future of Life and Work in an Age of Artificial Intelligence?

Wed 18 November 2015, 12:30-13:30, Watershed

Futurist Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems. He warns the transition to the new age may be protracted and brutal unless we address the two great scourges of the modern developed world: volatile labour markets and income inequality.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6895/what-is-the-future-of-life-and-work/
 

John-Harris-credit-The-Guardian-e1442845058730-215x225The Future of British Cities

Wed 18 November 2015, 14:00-15:00, Watershed

Some British cities have transformed themselves over the past decade. But how do cities compare? Journalists John Harris and Rowan Moore examine Bristol, Bradford and London, among others, and consider how cities can develop for all in the future.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6899/the-future-of-british-cities/
 

Stuart-Jeffries-pic-e1442510654599-215x225City Thinkers of the Past and Now (1)

Wed 18 November 2015, 14:00-15:00, Watershed

The future of cities and places was a prime subject for debate amongst the Left in the 1920s and 1930s and there is much to learn from the thoughts and experience of city thinkers and builders of the time. Stuart Jeffries talks about Walter Benjamin, and Owen Hatherley examines the Viennese and Russian experience.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6901/city-thinkers-of-the-past-and-now-1/
 

Lynsey_Hanley_1-215x225Social Mobility in Future Cities

Wed 18 November 2015, 15:30-17:00, Watershed

There are fears that inequality in cities is growing, upward mobility is stagnating and cities are becoming places for the wealthy. Gavin Kelly, of the Resolution Trust, joins Marvin Rees, director, amongst others, of a leadership programme encouraging social mobility in Bristol, and Lynsey Hanley, commentator and author of Estates: An Intimate History to discuss the issues.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6905/social-mobility-in-future-cities/
 

Abdullahi-Farah-215x225Immigration and Future Cities (1): The Pressures of Change: How Can Cities Make it Work?

Thu 19 November 2015, 11.00-12.00, Watershed, Bristol

What are the challenges facing cities when it comes to immigration? What kind of numbers of new immigrants are we likely to see in cities in the future? What impact will this have on identity, belonging and citizenship? This panel looks at the challenges cities face and how to make change work. Steve Hanson (author of the Foresight Future of Cities paper on identity and belonging) joins Rachel Sylvester (Times), Abdullahi Farah (Bristol Somali Resource Centre) and Ted Cantle (Institute of Community Cohesion). Chaired by Sunder Katwala (British Future).

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6916/how-can-cities-make-it-work/
 

Mark-Miodownik-arms-crossed-215x225Designing Future Cities

Thu 19 November 2015, 14:00-15:00, Watershed

What are the design needs of future cities? Claire Mookerjee, designer, urbanist and Project Lead for Urbanism for Future Cities Catapult, looks at people-centred urbanism. Mark Miodownik, Director of the Institute of Making at University College London and author of Stuff Matters, looks at the future material needs of urban areas.

Book here: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6922/designing-future-cities/

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