Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City

Season

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2015

Festival of the Future City aims to inspire wide thinking and debate about the future of cities; look at examples of good practice in cities that will help promote a better and more resilient, sustainable and prosperous future for all; examine examples of city futures and city thinkers from the past and what they can tell us now.

We’re interested in all aspects of city life and work: the smart city; city economies; cities for all citizens; immigration and the city; the city builders of the future; fairness and the city; legibility and cities; creative and playable cities; city philanthropy; technology, privacy and security issues; city devolution; the future of work; housing; garden cities and more.

For further details of all events, biographies of speakers, news, updates and additions to the programme go to ideasfestival.co.uk/seasons/festival-future-city. We look forward to you joining the debates.

Andrew Kelly

Director, Festival of Ideas


Previous screenings & events in this season

Tim Mowl: Castle Park Festival of the Future City

Tim Mowl: Redcliffe
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Event
It is the success of the restored Queen Square, now a bustling sylvan space, compared with its abject counterpart around the vanished Castle Street, lowered over by the remains of bombed-out churches, that will encourage debate on landscape conservation in the city in this walk.

Bradley Garrett: Place-Hack Your City Festival of the Future City

Bradley Garrett: Place-Hack Your City
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Bradley Garrett discusses the importance of rediscovering everyday places around us - in soil, sea, cities and space.

Preview: High-Rise  18   Festival of the Future City

High-Rise
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2015
Film
Cult British director Ben Wheatley meets JG Ballard head-on in this savage and utterly brilliant adaptation of Ballard’s novel about a London apartment tower that becomes a battlefield in a literal class war and a glorious cacophony of excess.

Will Self on JG Ballard and Future Cities Festival of the Future City

Will Self on JG Ballard and Future Cities
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Author Will Self takes us on a journey through the work and imagination of the man he called the most important British writer of the late 20th Century - JG Ballard.

Guy Standing: The Precariat and Future Cities Festival of the Future City

Guy Standing: The Precariat and Future Cities
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Guy Standing identifies an emerging class of people, facing lives of insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives - in this talk he presents his latest findings on this and debates the impact especially on urban areas.

Poets, Writers and the City Festival of the Future City

Poets, Writers and the City
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Talk
Festival of Ideas commissioned some of Britain’s leading poets and writers to write about the city for this special session where they will present their work.

Biomimicry and Future Cities Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Talk
The biomimetic city - a city modelled on nature - offers a sustainable future. To what extent can we use biomimicry to help shape our cities infrastructure? Can we go beyond looking at organisms and start by valuing the interconnectedness?

Housing and Future Cities Festival of the Future City

Housing and Future Cities
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Talk
There's no question that housing across the UK is in crisis but what are the solutions? Zoe Williams, Guardian, chairs a panel of experts to debate the crisis and what cities especially can do.

Devolution and the Future of Cities Festival of the Future City

Devolution and the Future of Cities
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
There's little doubt that there's a new mood about devolving powers to cities and regions but where will this go next? Heather Stewart, Economics Editor, Observer, chairs an expert panel to discuss the issues.

Will Self: Walking Tour of Harbourside Festival of the Future City

Self Selects - Will Self's Future Cities Cinema
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Event
Join author Will Self for an hour's walk around the Harbourside where he'll talk about the place, the culture and Bristol's architecture.

Designing Future Cities Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Talk
What are the design needs of future cities? What are the materials needed for future cities? How do we make cities places for people? Claire Mookerjee looks at people-centred urbanism and joins Mark Miodownik looks at the future material needs of urban areas.

The Future of World Cities (2) Festival of the Future City

World Cities (2)
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Talk
In our second session on the issues facing world cities today and the lessons to be learnt for future planning, speakers include: Elif Shafak who looks at Turkish cities; Rana Dasgupta who looks at Delhi and Mathieu Lefevre who looks at Middle Eastern cities.

Immigration and Future Cities - Is Cosmopolitan Confidence Part of the Problem? Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Talk
This second session on immigration examines the pressure of change on cities and their surrounding areas. It’s said that cities generally are comfortable with immigration. But is this true? And what about areas around cities?

Immigration and Future Cities - The Pressures of Change: How Can Cities Make it Work? Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Talk
Cities are traditionally places for immigrants. Migrants help renew a place, bringing new ideas, skills and work. Cities can meet the challenges that changes bring, as places where contact happens, and where people who welcome or like change tend to go too. But what happens if these challenges cannot be met and the pressures aren’t shared?

Jonathan Meades on Bristol Festival of the Future City

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (2): Miriam Fitzpatrick, Gillian Darley, Jonathan Meades and Owen Hatherley: William H Whyte, Jane Jacobs, Ian Nairn
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Event
In this special coach tour, Meades takes us on a journey to and talks about the places in Bristol that mean something to him: Totterdown, Arnos Vale, High Kingsdown, Christmas Steps, Leigh Woods, The Rummer, the Cori Tap, Redland and more.

Chris Dorle: Cities Back from the Brink: the Case of Detroit Festival of the Future City

Chris Dorle: Cities Back from the Brink: the Case of Detroit
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Detroit went from disastrous failure to steady recovery. Chris Dorle (Future City Detroit) leads us through the story, focussing on what's happening now and the long-term plans for renewal and the greening of the city.

The Future of the High Street Festival of the Future City

The Future of the High Street
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Talk
How can new smart services transform the customer experience and revitalise the High Street? In 2015 InnovateUK launched a new competition with each winner receiving £1m to develop their work. Join some of the winning companies and Sarah Tromans from InnovateUK,to talk about the initiative and the winning projects.

New Thinking about Cities (2) Festival of the Future City

New Thinking about Cities (2)
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Talk
The second session on new thinking about cities - with contributions from Irena Bauman (architect and writer), Bradley Garrett (writer and place-hacker), Caroline Haynes (KPMG), Charles Landry (Comedia), Mike Rawlinson (City ID) and Melissa Sterry (design scientist and futurist).

What Happened to Utopian Cities? Festival of the Future City

What Happened to Utopian Cities?
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Talk
Douglas Murphy discusses utopian cities of the past and future with author Darran Anderson and futurist Melissa Sterry.

Bettany Hughes and Edith Hall: Cities and Ideas in the Ancient World Festival of the Future City

Bettany Hughes and Edith Hall: Cities and Ideas in the Ancient World
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
There's much we can learn about how cities should and should not work from the cities of the ancient world especially Greece and Rome. Edith Hall and Bettany Hughes discuss ancient cities, their ideas and what they can offer us now.

Iain Sinclair and Matthew Beaumont: Cities and Walking Festival of the Future City

Iain Sinclair and Matthew Beaumont: Cities and Walking
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Talk
Iain Sinclair and Matthew Beaumont talk about cities and wallking.

Social Mobility in Future Cities Festival of the Future City

Social Mobility in Future Cities
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Talk
There are fears that inequality in cities is growing, that upward mobility is stagnating and that cities are becoming places for the wealthy. This panel discusses if this is the case and, if so, what impact it will have on our cities in the future.

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (2) Festival of the Future City

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (2): Miriam Fitzpatrick, Gillian Darley, Jonathan Meades and Owen Hatherley: William H Whyte, Jane Jacobs, Ian Nairn
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Miriam Fitzpatrick, Gillian Darley, Jonathan Meades and Owen Hatherley all discuss what writers William H Whyte, Jane Jacobs and Ian Nairn mean for cities today.

Tim Mowl: Temple Quarter Festival of the Future City

Tim Mowl: Redcliffe
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Event
This riverside walk takes in the old Temple precinct, with the leaning tower of Holy Cross at its heart. Is it time to re-invent the suburb on a more human scale?

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (1) Festival of the Future City

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (1)
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
The future of cities and places was a prime subject for debate amongst the Left in the 1920s and 1930s. Stuart Jeffries and Owen Hatherley discuss city thinkers and builders of the time.

The Future of British Cities Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Talk
Two leading journalists - John Harris and Rowan Moore - consider how British cities like Bristol, Manchester, Preston and Bradford are working - and not working.

Nature-Rich Cities Part Three: Architecture, Nature and Wildlife in Cities Festival of the Future City

Nature-Rich Cities: Architecture, Nature and Wildlife in Cities
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Rab Bennetts joins Melissa Sterry and Mike Roberts to debate how architecture can help create a nature-rich city. Chaired by John Alker.

Michael Marmot - The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World Festival of the Future City

Michael Marmot - The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
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.

Nick Dunn: How the Future of Cities Was Seen From the Past Festival of the Future City

Nick Dunn: How the Future of Cities Was Seen From the Past
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Talk
Nick Dunn, ImaginationLancaster, and author of the Foresight report 'A Visual History of the Future', looks at how future cities have been depicted over the last 100 years.

Jerry Kaplan: What is the Future of Life and Work in an Age of Artificial Intelligence Festival of the Future City

Jerry Kaplan: What is the Future of Life and Work in an Age of Artificial Intelligence?
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
In this talk futurist, innovator and best-selling author Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems.

Nature-Rich Cities: Part Two: Promoting and Developing Nature in Cities Festival of the Future City

Nature-Rich Cities: Promoting and Developing Nature in Cities
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Talk
A panel will ask whether nature in cities is in safe hands; look at how we promote more involvement in wildlife in cities; and examine the conflicts of interest in promoting nature in cities and how can they be overcome.

Future Resilience in Cities Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Event
Speakers from Rotterdam (Wynand Dassen), Glasgow (Julie Robertson) and Bristol (Sarah Toy) talk about their resilient city plans.

The Future of World Cities (1) Festival of the Future City

The Future of World Cities (1)
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Cities around the world are facing great change. This talk explores the opportunities, problems and challenges - and asks if there are solutions for some of these that can be shared more widely.

City Data Workshop Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Event
Paul Swinney and Tony Champion look at a wealth of data about UK cities in this free workshop.

Owen Hatherley: City Change in a Time of Austerity Festival of the Future City

Owen Hatherley
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Talk
Owen Hatherley has been a strong critic of the architecture and cities being developed in a time of austerity and the big society. In this talk he takes a tour of the city from the harbour to Lewins Mead and Cabot Circus, talking about Bristol and the future of cities.

Nature-Rich Cities: Part One: The Value of Urban Nature and Natural Capital Festival of the Future City

Nature-Rich Cities: Keynote: Chris Baines & Nature-Rich Cities: The Value of Urban Nature and Natural Capital
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Do we really need nature in our cities? What are the risks of a nature-poor city? Author and broadcaster Chris Baines sets the scene, followed by a panel discussion.

New Thinking about Cities (1) Festival of the Future City

New Thinking about Cities (1)
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
In this panel discussion hear speakers Cristiana Fragola, Eva Gladek, Brent Toderian, Charlie Catlett and Sir Mark Walport debate some of the new thinking about cities taking place around the world.

Mike Rawlinson: How the Uses of Cities Changes over time Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Talk
Bristol has seen more change than many other cities, with more to come. What impact does this have on long-term city planning and on people? Mike Rawlinson takes a tour of Bristol that looks at how places and uses change over time.

Building Age-Friendly Cities Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City
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Talk
As city populations age there's a need to consider the specific needs of older people in urban areas. Bristol aims to be an age-friendly city, but what does this really mean? What can be learned from other cities?

Tim Mowl: Redcliffe Festival of the Future City

Tim Mowl: Redcliffe
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Event
This walk threads around Redcliffe, home of Bristol poet Thomas Chatterton and presided over by the largest and most beautiful parish church in the country.