Conscious Cities Festival 2018

The Conscious Cities Festival gathers those interested in the creation of human-centred environments. Research and practice using the conscious cities approach explores how architecture and urban design can better consider and respond to human needs through science informed design, data analysis and new technology.

This year’s festival looks at the key factors in creating a better built environment. The events over 5 days will focus on Architecture, Urban Design, City Tech, Behavioural Science, and Property.

Our key partners and venues for this year are The RIBAFuture Cities CatapultThe Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and The Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (UCL) in London, and Lombardini 22 in Milan.

The Conscious Cities movement began in 2015 after the publication of its manifesto in The Guardian. The 2017 conference held at The Urban Innovation Centre (London) brought together architects, urbanists, policy makers, and scientists - talks from the day are available to watch online, as well as coverage from a number of media outlets including the BBC.

The movement also publishes a quarterly journal and annual anthologies that are open-access and feature research and thought pieces.

Itai Palti
Founder, Conscious Cities
Twitter: @ipalti, LinkedIn: Itai Palti

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Festival Events

October 25

Alongside visual tools, architects use intuition and a well-developed sense of empathy to imagine the experience of another within the environment being created. However, not only are these understandings limited...

October 24

Innovations in technology are increasingly allowing us to observe and analyse human activity on an unprecedented scale. The valuable data produced and used by such technology can potentially bridge the...

October 22

The architecture profession is in flux once again. The role of the architect is changing as a result of client expectations, market demands, and the growing need for specialised knowledge....

October 26

It is clear that the initiative to improve people's wellbeing through better designed environments is universally supported. However, the economic promise of human centred design is less understood, creating a...

October 23

This year’s festival encourages the participation of an international audience by hosting talks from researchers and practitioners around the world in an online event. Talks will last between 20-30 minutes...