Juliet Davis

Access to food has been central to urban form and city-life for millennia. How we grow, process, distribute, and eat food has determined cities’ location, size, shape — and ability to grow — from the dawn of civilisation. …


School Strike for Climate, Bristol

As part of our The City in 2040, series at Cardiff University, we held an event looking at ‘Governing the Future City’ with participants examining how urban governance will evolve, particularly in the light of the existential challenges that climate change poses for cities.

City administrations will face a world…


Re-imagining Oxford Circus: The Crown Estate

In recent years, our city centres have in many ways been a success-story. They’ve seen amazing new cultural offers, retail led-regeneration, people moving back to live in the middle of town.

City centres also face structural challenges. Online shopping is hitting physical retail hard; climate change means city centres can…


Sound helps define our urban experience. Photo: Lachlan Ross

I was out doing a Bristol Sound Walk recently, acoustically mapping a neighbourhood with the Hush City App. As I logged wind in the trees, playtime in a local school, the constant background drone of traffic, I found myself asking what will this city sound like in the future?

Sound…


Amid all the hype around the 15-minute-city of sustainable, walkable neighbourhoods, the pandemic has accelerated another kind of 15-minute-city, where everything can be delivered almost instantly to your door.

This leaflet was handed to me last week, promising ‘quality groceries delivered in minutes’. Just tap an order in your smart phone and a short-while after a motorbike will zoom-up and hand you your shopping.

Welcome to the new world of Q-commerce, (short for quick commerce), the next evolution of…


nextbike Cardiff

Cities will play a central role as the climate crisis unfolds. They produce around 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and they will suffer many of the worst impacts of climate change — over-heating, flooding, and resource-shortages. …


Candid_Shots

With the number of older people steadily increasing, why aren’t we designing our cities to be age-friendly?

I was running a futures workshop recently, and someone put up a virtual post-it note for the year 2030. It read: ‘Planning policy requires Age-Friendly Homes’.

I thought, great call. And then I thought, why should we have to wait till 2030 for this, when we’ve known about our ageing…


Transforming Regent Street. The Crown Estate

Covid has provoked urban innovation at an unprecedented scale and pace; as we emerge from the pandemic, how can cities lock in the best of these changes?

How we live in our cities has changed dramatically over just a few months. It’s easy to feel very gloomy when you see vacant offices, shuttered shops, and empty trains. And things are grim for many people. But do I take heart from some of the positive urban responses to…


If sci-fi paints pictures of how our tomorrows might unfold, what are some of the best novels of the past few years telling us?

As a society, we’re not very good at looking into the future and preparing for what it might throw at us. Covid-19 has made that painfully clear.

One of the ways that we have a conversation with the future, and try to understand it, is through science fiction.

Of course…


We’ll buy more on online, but we’ll still want to go shopping

Oxford Circus. KaiPilger, pixabay

Over a decade ago, when Forum for the Future did ‘Retail Futures’ with Tesco and Unilever, I predicted that shopping would follow two distinct paths: we’d buy an increasing amount online, especially our basics like bog-roll, but at…

Professor Peter Madden, OBE

Futures for cities, places, & real estate. Professor of Practice in City Futures, Cardiff University; Chair, Building with Nature www.ecovivid.com @thepmadden

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