How do we make the cities that we really want to live in? The future of cities is fraught with challenges, but full of possibility.
The second Festival of the Future City takes place 18-20 October 2017. Set over three days the festival – which aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – brings together politicians, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders and more. Join them to explore the key issues for the future of our cities: how we can solve growing inequality and segregation; build healthy cities and places; foster sustainable cities; and explore a future of devolved powers.
Key speakers include: Sir David King (UK permanent Special Representative for Climate Change September 2013 until March 2017; previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007); Ben Derbyshire (president, RIBA); Ricky Burdett (LSE); Claudia Rankine (Harvard); Lord Heseltine; Saskia Sassen (Columbia); Simon Stevens (NHS England); Julia Unwin (Civil Society Commission); Geoff Mulgan (NESTA); Rachel Cooper (University of Lancaster); Anna Lisa Boni (Eurocities); Alaina Harkness (Brookings), Mark Cousins (filmmaker); Torsten Bell (Resolution Foundation); Kit de Waal (writer); Liane Hartley (Urbanistas); Gavin Kelly (Resolution Trust); Molly Crabapple (artist); David Olusoga (historian and broadcaster); Ben Rogers (Centre for London); Afua Hirsch (broadcaster); Martin Green (Director, Hull City of Culture 2017); Charles Landry (Comedia); Sunder Katwala (British Future); Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol); Caroline Lucas MP; Claire Craig (former deputy Government Office for Science, now Royal Society) and George Monbiot (journalist).
The first Festival of the Future City 2014/2015 was an 18-month programme of work that culminated in a major series of 69 events over four days from 17 to 20 November 2015 – including the buildup there were 139 events in total with over 20,000 participants. Details of the first festival are here. Much of the festival was filmed and a book has been published.