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Digital Masterplanning - London Festival of Architecture

DATE : 13 June 2019 LOCATION : Connected Places Catapult @ Urban Innovation Centre, One Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0BE

The speed of change in cities is accelerating. Economic cycles, cultural patterns, environmental conditions and technological changes, means that in the 12 months it can take to complete a masterplan, its context at completion may be radically different to when it was first conceived. Likewise, these plans are expensive to produce and are often foreign to most people. If our objective is to guide urban development, create people oriented places and increase the housing supply as fast as possible, this is not an effective way of doing things.

Connected Places Catapult, together with Kohn Pedersen Fox partnered to explore what the future of masterplanning might hold over the coming decades and how emerging technologies will be instrumental in disrupting the industry and how it will help us deliver faster, more agile and future-proofed masterplans – fit for 21st Century cities.

In this session we will be presenting and discussing the speculative design of a digital tool that we developed which would turn the idea of masterplanning on its head by radically change the relationship between public authorities, consultants and developers.

Instead devising a masterplan will be a simple and easy as adding items to your Amazon ‘shopping cart’ mixing and matching different buildings until the developable site area meets the aspirations of the developer and local planning authority.

Programme

08.30 – Registration

09.00 Talk starts

10.00 – Talk ends