Smart City Frontiers

15 02 2019

Join us for a lively discussion about the role of public space in the future smart city with our expert panel:

Chair: Josh Artus, Centric Lab

Gorana Shepherd, Pilbrow & Partners

Irfan Soneji, Buro Happold

Rupert Green, Lendlease

Sharon Richardson, The Bartlett

In the age of flexible working, smart cities and emergent technologies, we will ask the questions:

What is the role of public space in the smart city?

Is the nature of public space changing in the new role at the intersection of local and global communities?

What will remain the same in the way we design cities, and what will change?

How will the smart city change human experiences?

Doors open: 6pm

Start talk: 6.30pm

Drinks until: 9pm

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Consultancy Director, Centric Lab

Josh is co-founder of Centric Lab; a company combining software with science to help make healthier, more purposeful and sustainable built environments. After 10 years of working at the intersection of the creative industries, technology and real estate development Josh co-founded the lab with Araceli Camargo, a cognitive neuroscientist and entrepreneur. Centric Lab works in partnership with academic leaders at University College London, recently collaborating with them to create a world first publication called 'Neuroscience for Cities' alongside the Future Cities Catapult, an open-sourced playbook for all practitioners and policy makers to help make better places with a new sophisticated layer of human data.

The Centric Lab team are on a mission to help create built environments more fit for the complexities of the 21st century, notably mental health, automation and climate change.


Head of Urban Design, Pilbrow & Partners

Gorana is an architect and urban designer who specialises in masterplanning, urban design and strategic city-regional planning. Specialising in integrated development planning, she has advised national, regional and local government authorities on development frameworks, structure plans, tourism development and destination branding, citizen engagement and city making process. Gorana is passionate about cities and their development, from economic prosperity to public spaces and street life.


Head of Digital Services at Buro Happold

After extensive experience leading IT and digital projects in the telecommunications industry, Irfan is currently leading BuroHappold’s technology digital services strategy. He is responsible for establishing the company’s footprint in the digital technology space. BuroHappold is working with governments and developers around the world to implement technology-driven strategies to improve their cities and urban environments. The experience gained on these projects has helped developing knowledge and expertise, summarised in a short manifesto. Building on this manifesto and having previously led significant Smart City project across the globe including in UAE (Dubai 2021 plan), Singapore (Smart Nation), India (Smart Gujraat by Reliance), Turkey (Istanbul), and Sweden (Stockholm Royal Seaport), Irfan currently develops the real solutions for BuroHappold, bringing the ‘smartness’ of smart cities alive in the built environment.


Technology & Smart Cities, Lendlease

Rupert has been working in the field of urban infrastructure and smart cities for 15 years. He is a past member of the Greater London Authority Smart London Board and has spoken at UK and global smart city events on the role that digital technology can play in facilitating urban regeneration.

Working at Lendlease, he is responsible for the setting and implementation of Digital Technology strategy for their European Projects. He is currently working across a number of high-profile urban regeneration schemes, including Euston HS2 over-station development, Silvertown, Elephant & Castle, International Quarter London, Birmingham Smithfield and Milan Innovation District.


Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Sharon joined CASA in October 2014 to study for the MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics, passed with distinction. Her MSc thesis ‘Measuring mobile digital footprints: A modern index of urban interaction’ won Student of the Year for Geospatial Excellence in 2015, awarded by the Association for Geographic Information, and formed the basis for undertaking a PhD.

Sharon's research is focused on behavioural data science and creating digital methods to enhance spatial cognition. It is based on the growing use of mobile, wearable and embedded devices with built-in sensors and wireless internet connectivity - the ‘internet of things’ - that are emitting vast amounts of data about spatial interactions and the conditions under which they occur. All behaviour results from a person-situation interaction. This research will evaluate if it is now possible to digitally construct situational contexts from real-time data sources to detect emerging scenarios and anticipate behaviour. The target outcome is to improve judgement and decision-making in large-scale urban outdoor spaces, where conditions can be uncertain and changeable.