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Festival of the Future City 2017

Please note: this season finished in Oct 2017
Festival of the Future City 2017

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.

Set over three days, the second Festival of the Future City – 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 and provides a focus for debate, partnership-building and learning.

Join us 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; ensure that all ages can live and flourish at all levels; and explore a future of devolved powers.

The Festival of the Future City is presented by Bristol Festival of Ideas in association with Future Cities Catapult.

Previous screenings & events in this Season

A screening of this film and history project by Black South West Network (BSWN) which looks at the relationships between heritage, race, identity and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority community in Bristol.

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Nearly 52 per cent of people in the UK voted to leave the EU in the referendum of 2016. However, most major cities voted to remain. A panel will discuss this split and what it means for the future of the UK.

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Journalist and activist Jane Jacobs's fight to save historic New York architecture.

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What is a child-friendly city? How does this link to other city visions for healthy, green, resilient, connected and fair places? What policy changes need to be achieved to make cities truly child-friendly?

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This is a participative session, allowing attendees to share their vision for the city and shape Bristol’s future on topics such as health and well-being, education and skills, growth, communities and transport and infrastructure.

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The growing importance of cities provides a great opportunity to radically rethink how we live and how we can improve health in the built environment. But how do we make cities and towns healthier places to be?

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The #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack project looks at race in Bristol through the generations, including women of colour.

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Bringing together cutting-edge research into inclusive growth and city leadership the panel addresses how future cities can avoid the problems of past growth and become places for all.

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This session brings together innovators from across the UK who are experimenting with new ways in which the citizen sector can play a bigger role in making the homes we want and need.

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The health concerns associated with urban living are not new, but they are challenges that are growing in significance. In this session a number of key topics will be outlined in presentations by experts and then explored further in a chaired panel discussion.

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In this Harbourside walk Peter Madden describes Bristol’s history and suggests how we can plan effectively for the future.

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The British love the idea of social mobility, but Britain fails to make it a reality for many today. This panel discusses the role of cities in social mobility and how we can make major change happen.

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What does Bristol think about immigration, past, currently and for the future? People from the Bristol community come together to discuss and debate attitudes to immigration.

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This series of short presentations highlights local projects that are creating a healthier and more environmentally sustainable future city. 

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How different would cities be if women built them? How do we extend the rights to the city to all?

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In the wake of the decision to leave the EU following the 2016 referendum this session asks how might immigration change after Brexit? What are the risks or opportunities? And can a common ground be found or will there be further polarisation?

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What are the benefits of this locally-focused financial ecology and what makes Bristol a centre for it all?

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Andrew Moore will be in conversation with Nick Pearce about the current horizon for artificial intelligence, robotics and Big Data and the social, economic and political implications of technological change.

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How do we create sustainable cities? What powers must central government part with to allow cities to be free to act? How radical can cities be?

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This session brings together researchers, their partners and funders with the public to identify what has been learned about cities; identify strategies and programmes of work that will see cities transformed in the future; and identify where research is needed next.

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This panel explores how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (which cover 17 areas where major progress is needed by 2030) are being implemented across the world.

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Michael Heseltine has always been a strong supporter of cities and devolution. He talks now about his vision for cities for the future and where devolution can go next.

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This workshop looks at the lessons learned about the commercialisation of city spaces and the impact this has on the built environment.

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How do we use research to provide practical solutions to city problems and what partnerships can be developed to secure the best results from research?

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This hands-on workshop for SMEs is a beginner’s introduction to the tools, techniques and storytelling skills required to turn raw city data into striking visualisations.

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This one day conference will explore the theme of the Playable City and how public space, creativity and imagination combines to create unexpected interactions and new kind of dialogue.

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What happens to city research? Our panellists discuss what happens in government and what might be done to improve the research/policy-making process.

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What lessons can we take from the great cities of the past that can help us today and into the future? Philosopher Julian Baggini chairs this panel discussion.

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Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to make life easier, more convenient and more productive. What challenges do these innovations present to us, as individuals and societies?

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From great works of art to tourist photographs, from cityscapes to cinema, through science and protest, propaganda and refusals to look, filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.

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Take one location in the city. How would you culturally and creatively represent Bristol? This workshop introduces the Creative Europe project Future DiverCities.

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Julia Unwin explores the future needs and opportunities of civil society in cities.

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It is said that 40 years from now our cities will look very different to how they look today thanks to driverless cars.

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What's the best new thinking about the future of cities coming from architects, politicians and architectural commentators and what can we learn from recent experience in the UK, Brazil, Syria and elsewhere?

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What is the future of work in cities? What can city leaders do to promote good work? Our panellists examine work trends, low-pay, universal basic income and the evidence base for the future of work, among other issues.

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The way in which we use information about our cities is about to undergo a fundamental change. This session will explore some of the trends and how the concept of city information models can begin to tie together some of the disparate developments in technology, city planning and management.

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Six new combined authority mayors were elected in May 2017. Together they have responsibility for nearly ten million people and economies worth over £200bn. What can mayors do with the powers they have now? What will the future bring?

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How do we make sure that smart cities involve citizens and bring together commercial and community uses?

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A look at urban mobility challenges and the impact of their deployment in the wider city environment.

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What can we learn from cities worldwide? Leading researchers, novelists, city planners, writers and commentators report on cities that they work in, know intimately, continue to praise and worry about.

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Charles Landry and Comedia have long been pioneers of new thinking about cities. With Chris Murray (Core Cities), Landry outlines why urban psychology is important. They are joined by Michael Sanders (Behavioural Insights Team) who talks about how the behavioural sciences can help create better policy in places for the future.

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How cities and places should deal with guilt due to past actions is a debate around the world and it’s a big debate in Bristol too.

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Grass-roots activities can regenerate areas and empower communities to take ownership of their own shared spaces within the city. This panel explores the interplay between ‘top down’ and ‘ground up’ interventions and places in between.

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How do we create better cities for the world we now live in? In this session we discuss modern slavery, how to rebuild cities after war, and how American cities are leading the way on many positive initiatives.

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Paul Sng's documentary explores the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.

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