Making the Future City
A panel on building a more creative, dynamic 21st century metropolis
Two evening events at Autodesk Gallery pop-up, Paris
In 2014, we teamed up with Autodesk to explore how evolutions in the creative industries are revitalizing the contemporary urban space. On October 14 and 22 we hosted two special events at the Autodesk Gallery pop-up in Paris, bringing together cutting edge designers and innovators from across Europe to talk about Making the Future City.
October 14, 2014 | Making the future city: an evening with Odile Decq
What role will architects, designers and makers play in shaping the city of tomorrow? We invited renowned French architect Odile Decq to share her bold and distinctive vision of a more creative, dynamic 21st century metropolis.
October 22, 2014 | Making the future city: One hour with five innovators
In this fast-paced, inspiring evening, five designers and innovators presented how they are making the city of tomorrow.
- Andy Merritt, Co-founder, Makerversity, London
- Ekim Tan, Founder, Play the City, Amsterdam/Istanbul
- Alastair Parvin, Co-founder, Wikihouse, London
- Samuel Remy, Co-founder, WoMa, Paris
- Alix Armour, Co-founder, Nimble Scooters, Paris/California
Moderator: Thibaut Thomas, Communication and digital strategies consultant
Alix Armour is a French/American creative strategist and entrepreneur who studied industrial design in Southern California, Mandarin in Shanghai, and at present, life in Paris (still studying). She is developing Nimble Scooters in the USA and in Europe and is actively working from various fablabs and coworking spaces in Paris.
Odile Decq set up her own office just after graduating from La Villette in 1978 and from Sciences Politiques Paris in Urban Planning in 1979. International renown came quickly in 1990 with the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes. She was awarded with a Golden Lion in Venice in 1996.
Steven Hearn began his career in cultural strategy and launched le Troisième Pôle in 2000, following studies in economics, politics and art history. Steven has also been in charge of the public programing of the Gaîté Lyrique (a centre for cultures of the digital age) since 2008. In 2010, he brought together all his initiatives (cultural, social and digital laboratories; cultural facilities, concert halls, cinemas, media) into one single structure, Scintillo, in order to pool expertise and funds. Scintillo launched Créatis in 2011, an incubator for cultural entrepreneurs. On 25 June, 2014, Steven presented his report on the development of cultural enterprises in France to the leading politicians Aurélie Fillippetti, Fleur Pellerin and Arnaud Montebourg.
Andy Merritt is a co founder and director at Makerversity and more specifically helps head the spacial design and logistics of the space. Makerversity started as a work and education space for start-up making businesses, and applied learning opportunities. At our Somerset House home in central London we provide access to a range of fabrication and prototyping tools, spaces, event and learning facilities. It exist to support emerging practice and start-up businesses as well as learning and employability opportunities for young people.
Alastair is a designer with 00 (‘zero zero’), London. Although he trained and practices in architecture, his work extends outside its traditional framework, looking at the economic, social and technological systems behind it. He is a co-founder of WikiHouse, an open source construction system which is using digital manufacturing to radically democratise the production of cities. He leads ‘A Right to Build’, an ongoing project addressing the economics of housing crisis, and the future of democratic city planning and citizen-led development for resilient housing, infrastructure, neighbourhoods and cities.
In 2010, Ekim founded Play the City, an Amsterdam and Istanbul-based city design and research network. A collaboration between urban professionals and activists, Play the City integrates city gaming, digital public polls, interactive learning, co-design and social networks with traditional architecture and urbanism, in a bid to create more open, dynamic city spaces.