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Smart-wise cities 3.0

smart cities versus wiser citizens??

Friday February 26th 0930-1100 GMT

Can smart technology save cities which are congested, polluted and falling apart? Or – if technology is part of the problem, what other pathways are possible?

The smart city is here but ‘unevenly distributed’. We have traffic lights which see us coming, and toilets which check our health.  We also have smart cities in the service of political surveillance, corporate extraction or extremist conspiracies.   Manchester for example, has been a pioneer of digital city systems for 30 years, but so far we see growing numbers of hungry, homeless, depressed, abused and excluded.

This workshop explores some grand but practical questions;

  • How would a ‘smart-wise’ Manchester (or other), look and work in 2050?
  • What are the possible implications of the pandemic & what can we learn?
  • How to design ‘smarter’ technology to avoid extraction, inequality etc, and enable ‘wiser’ human systems?


In collaboration: – Shanghai Smart City Development Institute

Panel: Xuefeng Sheng, President of SSCDI: Anita Greenhill, AMBS: Mei Ren, Buro Happold: Krassi Paskeleva, MIOIR: Jon Sandford, Homes England: Dave Carter, MUI:  

Date: Friday 26th February

  • 0930 – 1100: (main program) introduction:  panel contributions:  round table discussion
  • 1100 – 1200: follow-on session – (optional for busy people)

Link: tbc

In collaboration: – Shanghai Smart City Development Research Institute (

Panel: Xuefeng Sheng, President of SSCDI: Mei Ren, Buro Happold: Anita Greenhill, AMBS: Jon Sandford, Homes England: Krassi Paskaleva, MIOIR & MUI:  Dave Carter, SEED & MUI: 

Background materials


2D Workspace: – smart-wise  

3D Gallery: (work in progress)


Background: Synergistics – visual guide – Smart-Wise Cities 


Knowledge sharing