Agenda + Notes (Jurij) - Urban Systems Collaborative


Urban Systems Meeting

Imperial College London 2013







Agenda Day 1, Sept 10 AMbv



Panel – The City as a Design Problem

Presenter / Facilitator

Prof. John Polak, Imperial College

Prof. Michael Batty, University College London;

Shane Mitchell, Cisco Urban Innovation; Michael

Weinstock, Architectural Association. Facilitator

Colin Harrison (USC)


Summary thus far

Breakout Sessions

The Adaptive City

The Personalised City

The Supportive City

Perceptions of Quality of Life

Colin Harrison

Richard Dawson, University of Newcastle

Shane Mitchell, Cisco

Martin Rieser, Institute of Creative Technologies,

De Montfort University, Leicester

Rick Robinson, IBM UK











Agenda Day 1, Sept 10 PM

Presenter / Facilitator

Talks on Illustrative Projects Prof. Michael Batty, Centre for Advanced Spatial

Analytics, UCL

Prof. Richard Dawson, Earth Systems

Engineering, University of Newcastle

Prof. Martin Rieser, Institute of Creative

Technologies, De Montfort University


Colin Harrison, USC

Themes and leaders as before

Summary Thus Far

4 break out group discussions to further develop scenarios.

Report by group rapporteurs

Keynote Presentation

Student Posters and Reception

Skempton Building

Jurij Paraszczak, IBM Research

Peter Madden, CEO of the Future Cities Catapult














Agenda Day 2, Sept 11 AM

Presenter / Facilitator

Summarise Day 1

Colin Harrison

Jurij Paraszczak and the rapporteurs. Discuss scenarios from Day 1 theme workshops


4 break out group discussions to refine scenarios, cross-cutting.


Talk on “Quality of Life”

Themes As Before

Samir Menon

, Eco Sustainability Services, Tata

Consulting Services


Industry Views on People and Smart


Closing panel by workshop rapporteurs

Wrap up

Volker Buscher , Arup; Shane Mitchell , Cisco, and

Jurij Paraszczak , IBM. Facilitator Colin Harrison , USC

Jurij Paraszczak, IBM

John Polak, Imperial College and Jurij Paraszczak, IBM

Defining the Themes

• For each of the themes - lets develop a compact explanation

– Adaptive City

– Personalised City

– Supportive City

– Quality of Life

• In a short paragraph, what do we mean by each of the themes ?

• For each theme how do we measure them, what data do they need


Adaptive City

• Integrates a variety of professions

• City that responds to internal and external changes with minimal resource requirements while maintaining a required functionality

• City denizens need minimal stress to meet their needs to live in a city

• City denizens understand and play their role as part of the city (they provide input and response)

• Balances the needs of the individual and the many

• Mayor and flow therefrom

• CMM Maturity model

• Resilience – is adaptivity

– Flexibility and diversity, redundancy and modularity, resourcefulness, situational awareness, capacity to learn

• Many organisaitons making decisions

– Plurality of objectives

• What are city objectives ? How are they measured

• Adaptive city offers affordance to actors to contribute

• Need elected body with a mandate – how to flow objectives to influence city – define ROI of investments

• Adaptive city drives change promotes social attraction, promotes governance

– Decisions made and a hierarchy exists. Government enables health promotion as part of agenda

• Successful / Adaptive city has a vision and economic resilience which is linked to the vision

– London as example

• People centered view – city where smart people exist, adaptive city has adaptive denizens

– Centralisation does not help with adaptability

Personalised City

Personalised City

How denizens interact with the city and their modes of interactions

– Issues of personal data and its ownership

– Evolution of engagement of individuals with cities (data, experience etc)

Appears to individual that the city is designed around them

Capacity/affordance from the city to engage in different ways

Harmony between city members

City as org or people ?

– City is concentration of human interaction

• Lisbon experiment – Rick

City with aspirations – is often adaptive

Portland, Boston, Sidney, Amsterdam

Visionary Plans with aspirations, structures who interact with each other and private sector well

Developed visions and structure personally

Barcelona District 21

Hamburg artist rents

Charleston SC

Middle East Qatar, Masdar Songdo (did not work)

East Brum

Supportive City

• Supports social engagement mechanisms with transparent governance processes

– Governance associated with planning and that associated with operations

• Gaming – Bogota and clowns Penalosa. Mockus

– Water consumption issues, cycling path, planned develpoment

• Jaime lerner Curitiba

• Connecting the disconnected

– But cities are not democracies

Quality of Life

• Mechanism to determine what people care about based on Maslow’s pyramid

– Dimension by which people’s attitude affects the view of the pyramid (age, culture etc)

– Urban contexts and how they support quality of life

• Availability and quality of resources,economic wealth etc patents etc

– Framework of our concerns and needs

– Lets see what’s already been done – Liveable Cities Project

– Travel and commuting

Quality of Life

• Use of Maslow’s pyramid was a good map to a larger entity

• Whatever reduces stress improves the QoL

– Independent of city or rural area

• Should we expect citizens to actively engage or should the city adapt