Two videos from AGI’s Future Cities Conference

Reblogged; original circulated by Doug Specht on URB-GEOG-FORUM:

On the 9th July I was fortunate enough to Chair the AGI’s Future Cities Conference in London. Although smaller than other AGI events, due in no small part to the tube strike, the event fostered some highly original ideas and interesting conversations. There were a great deal of inspiring and challenging discussions and presentations which I believe will aid us in driving forwards with the strategic optimism required to create amazing future cities.

All the talks are available on the AGI website for their members, but I have made my welcome address, summary and closing remarks available to all on YouTube for your interest.

Welcome address, or, ‘The age of strategic optimism’:

Summary and Closing remarks, or,  ‘The dystopian narrative and future cities’:

Dig the City / Carrot City / Urban Agriculture

Reblogged from Michael Hardman, Univ. of Salford, UK:

Dig the City is the largest urban gardening festival in the UK (see attached flyer). Amongst the show gardens, talks and other events, the University of Salford will be bringing Carrot City, the international exhibition on urban agriculture, to the festival. It is only the second time the exhibition will have appeared in the UK after a highly successful stint in Birmingham in 2012; this time it will be positioned in the Manchester Cathedral in the heart of the city centre (for more information see and

Dig the City 2015