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KEYNOTE: Leaving the Twenty-first Century: Excursions After Late Capitalism

The Human(e) City
Keynote talk
May 22 09:00 - 10:30

As early as in 1966, British architect Cedric Price posed the provocative question: “Technology is the answer, but what was the question?”

Digitisation is a word that is repeated across disciplines and sectors, and technology today has a huge presence in the production, visualisation and development of our architectural environment and urban space.

Traditionally, technology has been able to solve specific needs, but today it also becomes part of the way we interact with the environment and each other. There is an expectation that the physical environment can be adapted and changed depending on individual and collective behaviour.

Keynote Speaker: Today’s first keynote speaker, the world-renowned and radical city planner and author Adam Greenfield, focuses on the relationship between design, culture and technology, and advocates a human-focused design process that allows us to actually meet existing needs to a greater degree rather than develop “technology for the sake of technology.”

Adam’s latest book “Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life” was described by The Guardian as “Incredibly Intelligent and Stylish.” He has also written the book "Against the Smart City", which offers an intellectual toolkit for those who seeking a different vision of our future cities than the sterile and unattractive ones that were previously associated with "Smart City".

At this session, Adam will talk about the importance of fantasising about a new social and physical reality that surpasses today’s ideas.


Adam Greenfield
Urbanist and writer, author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life and Against the Smart City
Rasmus Rune Nielsen
Co-Founder ANDEL