the future of Metro Vitality
There is a second - related - APF event on the 24th April. The second event (13:30 for a 14:00 start) is a collaboration between the Club of Amsterdam and the Association of Professional Futurists.
This session will focus on the human aspect of the Future of cities. The soft architecture of cities.
There are many conversations on the technology and infrastructure of our cities of the future. But on the social and cultural side there is less depth. Extrapolations from generational models derived from a pre-digital world seem archaic. Personas based on smart consumer electronics seem limited. Yet much of the value created by cities comes from culture and people, not from hard structures.
And a whole cluster of trends means that people in cities seem to have more in common with each other than with people living in their own country outside of the city. Are we watching a deep global change in values and understanding - led by the boom in city living?
This collaborative gathering with the Club of Amsterdam uses their approach of a short set of talks then a facilitated across floor dialogue.
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channeling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
ARUP Foresight + Research + Innovation. Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. ARUP Foresight is Arup’s internal think-tank and consultancy which deals with the future of the built environment and society at large.