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Right to the City | Urban Design for Human Outcomes
October 23, 2018

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 and focus on work involving a science-based people-centred approach to the built environment.

The Right to the City is Henri Lefebvre's call to action to reclaim the city as a co-created space, allowing urban dwellers to remodel their surroundings, and therefore themselves. As Lefebvre stated, a new approach to urbanism must “rescue the citizen as main element and protagonist of the city that he himself had built”. The Right to the City was recognised by the United Nation's New Urban Agenda (2016) as the vision of "cities for all".

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Neuroscientist, author and design consultant working at the intersection of psychology and architectural and urban design. Colin is the author of ‘Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life’, exploring how homes, workplaces, cities and nature influence the brain and body.

Brookings Institution; Prof. and Director of Infant Language at Temple University

Kathy’s work is dedicated to bridging the gap between developmental and educational research, and its applications. Winning multiple awards for her research, she is the author of 14 books and over 200 publication, pioneering the concept of playful learning.

Justin Garrett Moore is an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives.

Jennifer is an urban planner whose work aims to promote equity and opportunity through human-centered planning and design and sound public policy. She is passionate about bridging theory and practice. Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Planner with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, where she managed a portfolio of planning, policy, and strategic priority projects. At NYC Parks, Jennifer created and led implementation of several initiatives focusing on enhancing equity in public space, including the Community Parks Initiative and the Anchor Parks program, both large-scale and multi-phase capital programs that are actively transforming parks within NYC’s highest-need neighborhoods, and focusing public investment in stewardship and activation through local partnership development and programming. Jennifer’s work with NYC Parks also included resiliency and waterfront design and planning projects. Prior to that, Jennifer led zoning and development proposals through the City’s public approval process for the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, consulted on sustainable transportation projects at WXY Architecture and Urban Design, and was a fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development. She holds an MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a BA in English Literature from Cornell University.

Managing Director at the DesignLab, University of Twente

Frank has been involved in a great number of projects and programmes focusing on Creative Care, Future Internet, Maker Movement, Smart Cities and Smart Citizens. He is the co-founder of Apps for Europe, City SDK, CineGrid, Code 4 Europe, Digital Social Innovation, Making Sense and the Smart Citizens Lab. He regularly publishes on transdisciplinary research in the creative industries. The DesignLab which Frank leads is the creative hub of the University of Twente, where academic research and societal challenges meet, mediated by design processes.

Volunteer Director at Co-Risk Labs and Transition Town Brixton

Kate has worked for a variety of private sector and international humanitarian and development organisations on water, sanitation and shelter. In the UK, Kate has worked on the design of eco-buildings, as a university teaching fellow, and in two start-ups.

Founder Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

Alison Von Glinow is co-founder and principal of Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, a Chicago-based architecture practice with the mission “Enjoy Architecture.”  Founded in 2017, Kwong Von Glinow Design Office has been awarded the 2018 Architectural League Prize of New York for Young Architects and named an Emerging Architecture Practice of 2017 by Wallpaper* Magazine.  Alison earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Alison is a licensed Architect in New York and Illinois, Forefront Fellow of New York’s Urban Design Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Architecture Club.  Prior to founding Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, Alison worked with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, SOM in both Chicago and New York, Toshiko Mori Architect in New York, and Svendborg Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Global Head of Design at Hassell, Director at FreeState

Adam is Founder and Executive Creative Director for pioneering Experience Masterplanners FreeState, he is Global Head of Design at leading international design practice Hassell, he is internationally recognised as an expert in experience design and is personally responsible for storyboarding some of the world’s greatest brands. Graduate of the RCA in 1999, trained as an architect and artist, he creates and curates experiences for some of the most exciting and demanding clients on the planet, from the world’s biggest brands including Sony, Nokia and Virgin Atlantic, to world-class property developers including Brookfield Mutiiplex and Exemplar. Whether working with global brands, property developers or major institutions he is an expert in developing user-focused stories, designed journeys and immersive experiences that connect people with brands, each other and places.

Director of White Arkitekter, Sweden

Anna Kerr has 15 years of professional work experience and she has been involved in projects of all scales, both in design and construction phases. Prior to moving to Sweden she was based in Singapore for 5 years teaching Environmental Management at the National University of Singapore. With her extensive knowledge in the field of environmental and social sustainability Anna brings together multidisciplinary teams of professionals to deliver internationally acclaimed projects around the world. Anna joined White Arkitekter in 2015 as Head of International Business Development to establish the White Arkitekter’s London office. About White Arkitekter White Arkitekter is an interdisciplinary practice for architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design; a collective of 900 employees organised in networks across 13 offices in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom. Embedded in their work is a commitment to sustainability in all its forms, underpinned by practice-based research. The practice works with clients, communities and consultants to create inclusive, resilient architecture that inspires sustainable ways of life.

Professor of Early Intervention in Mental Health, KCL

Andrea‘s research involves the integration of machine learning techniques with neuroimaging data, with the aim of developing and validating novel tools for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Urban Mind: In the past few years he has pursued a new line of research involving the use of smartphone technologies to monitor the impact of the surrounding environment on mental wellbeing as people go about their daily life.