Technology today allows us to forecast the future: digital twins — copies of the real world — are able to predict its development and help model emergencies. This helps people to make decisions before scenarios become realities, or to act more effectively in emergency situations. At the same time, the process of planning requires architects and urban planners to obtain new competencies. On the third day of the conference, we will talk about how digital data helps predict the future of cities, how technology transforms the profession of the architect, and how viable the concept of the “smart city” is.
14:00-15:00 DISCUSSION: How the architect and urbanist professions are changing in the age of digital transformation
Digital technologies are increasingly penetrating the urban environment. Due to this, the traditional notion of the profession of an urban planner is changing. Young specialists in the fields of architecture and urban planning face the need to rethink their career paths: the areas of design, management, and the social economy are closely entwined with technology. What competencies do modern urban planners need? What will the profession of the architect look like in the future? During the discussion, participants will share their experiences and visions of the future of urban planning and talk about how the influence of technology is changing it.
- Leo Stuckardt (Нидерланды) – architect, specializing in the use of new technologies and speculative design. Project manager at MVRDV Architectural bureau.
- Nashin Mahtani (Indonesia) – architect, director of PetaBencana.id, a non-profit organization which develops software for community-led disaster co-management.
- Matthew Claudel (USA) – designer, urbanist, researcher at MIT, co-author of the books "City of Tomorrow" and "Open Source Architecture”.
Igor Sladoljev (Netherlands) – architect and urbanist. He has worked in urban planning in Croatia, Australia, Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands. Explores the relationship between spatial and cinematic narrative. Participant of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and Architecture Biennale Bi-City 2019 in Shenzhen.
15:15-16:45 SHOWCASE: Digital instruments and forecasting
Technology today allows us to forecast the future: digital twins — copies of the real world — are able to predict its development and help model emergencies. This helps people make decisions before scenarios become realities, or to act more effectively in emergency situations. Experts will talk about the opportunities these technologies offer to cities, how they are used in practice, and why it is not only possible — but also necessary — to know the future.
- Alexander Bukhanovsky (Russia) – head of the mega-faculty of translational information technologies at ITMO University and the Institute for High-Tech Computer Technologies laboratory, specialist in high-performance calculations and computer modeling of complex systems (including those in urban environments) for the tasks of intelligent support for decision making.
- Nashin Mahtani (Indonesia) – architect, director of PetaBencana.id, a non-profit organization which develops software for community-led disaster co-management. Graduate of The New Normal program at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.
- Boris Belozerov (Russia) – Head of the Department of Digital Technologies and Geological Expertise at the Scientific and Technical Center of Gazprom Neft Exploration and Production Block. Together with his team, he develops and implements artificial intelligence technologies in the fields of geological modeling and digital twins of oil fields.
17:00-18:00 Public talk: Future Cities=Smart Cities?
The “smart city” concept is very often perceived as a natural evolution of the city, despite the fact that it provokes a lot of questions related to safety, complicity, ecology, and economics. Many urban planning professionals are skeptical about it, including Adam Greenfield, a famous critic of the concept.
During this open public talk, Christopher Burman and Adam Greenfiled will discuss flaws of the “smart city” and how cities should function in an age when digital technology is shaping how we imagine our future urban spaces.
Adam Greenfield – architect, writer, urbanist, founder of Urbanscale, author of the book “Radical Technologies: The Device of Everyday Life.” Teaches at New York University, criticizes the “smart city” concept.
Christopher Burman – architect, artist, graduate of The New Normal program at Strelka Institute, director of digital strategy at Strelka KB.
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The In the City conference is organised by Gazprom Neft and is part of the Rodnye Goroda social investment program. The program is managed by Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.