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’: