Opening Ceremony + Forum 1 – Vision for Future Cities

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13 JUN Wednesday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The making of liveable cities is increasingly about the design of an urban and innovation ecosystem that connects, activates and transforms the city, people and the environment for quality of life in a holistic way.

Creating cities of tomorrow is a work in progress, engaging with individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to co-create and co-design to shape and invest in a better shared future.

From sustainable urban design to vibrant street life, from inclusive community to smart mobility, ‘liveability’ takes many forms and touches almost every area of our lives. It has become more important than ever to bring diverse sectors and disciplines together to make our cities more liveable and healthier by putting the needs, aspirations and the wellbeing of people at the core.

Forum 1 looks at the big picture of liveability, exploring new ideas, innovative solutions and bold provocations that shape the liveable cities today and of tomorrow.

  • What makes a city liveable and extraordinary?
  • Can ‘liveability’ be measured? Are the experiences transferable from one city to another?
  • How might we rethink and innovate the city design, policy and planning, including land use, transport and urban health, to meet future challenges?
  • What are the new opportunities and possibilities opened up by game-changing tech and data?
  • How can we cultivate a culture for governments, businesses, organisations and citizens to find new frontiers and new ways to collaborate to create better services, products, health outcomes and, ultimately, better cities?


Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, Office of the Victorian Government Architect (Australia)

Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab; Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati (United States / Italy)

Senseable Cities
The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space – the traditional domain of architecture and design – becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that – in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet – can encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.


Anne F. Kerr, Global Head Cities, Mott MacDonald (Hong Kong)

DATA – The New Oil For Sustainable City Design
Data is often referred to as the new oil, but does this mean there are vulnerabilities in terms of smart cities and sustainable designs for the future? Who holds the data when designing a digital twin for a city or components thereof, and then who owns the data once the city infrastructure is built? Should smart cities be open source and available to all – will this drive better city designs for the future? These questions which prevail around the digital century will affect sustainable and green city design and its development.


Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors Limited (United Kingdom)

Designing Future Mobility Aspirations
The Government of India’s stated mission of creating over 100 ‘Smart Cities’, combined with the unprecedented investment in urban and rural connectivity, gives a company like TATA MOTORS a range of opportunities to provide end to end mobility solutions that help realise this mission. In addition to this, ambitious vehicle electrification targets create the framework for a range of solutions both in private, as well as in mass transport, including people and goods.

The country’s young, educated and well-travelled demographic now expect and aspire to the best global mobility solutions. At the same time, there are other regions in the world which have the opposite demographic balance. This creates challenges but also a world of opportunities.

TATA MOTORS has always been a pioneer in the area of accessible solutions for India, and increasingly the rest of the world. Its design and engineering efforts draw from the best skills and talents available globally. The presentation will showcase not only the exciting and ambitious mobility solutions it is offering and aims to offer in India, but also touch upon some of the ongoing collaborations it has in different parts of the world.


Rama Gheerawo, Director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art (United Kingdom)

Maxime Szyf, Creative Partner, Yellow Window (Belgium)

Measurable User Experience in the Liveability Context
Since liveability is not just a tangible outcome of adequate and desirable urban conditions but also the perceptions people have of urban life, one must consider both the city on the ground and the city in the minds… (Pacione 2003)

Within this context we should be able to enhance the experience of liveable cities and regions, taking the dynamics of the fast changing pace of local culture, demographics, socio-economic, mobility and environmental changes into account.

Designers can assist institutions, politics and long-term strategist to sense and value the experience need of the citizens, translate emotions into ratio and the assist in engineering better and measurable master plan and design briefs for the day after tomorrow…


Gene Soo, General Manager, Citymapper (Hong Kong)

Reshaping Commuter Travel Advisory through User Centric Design and Open Data
People in a liveable city should be able to easily move about, allowing themselves to make full use of the city. With a goal of “making cities usable”, Citymapper has been helping people navigate complex cities using open data and human-centric design since its launch in 2011. Starting with London as the first city, Citymapper now covers 39 cities, including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Paris and New York. In the past year, Citymapper has made significant progress in its coverage of Hong Kong with the launch of comparative fares and the real-time coverage of MTR line status. Join us in exploring how Citymapper makes data such as fares and train alerts more usable leading to a more liveable Hong Kong!

Programme is subject to change without prior notice.