Hot on the tail of our venues announcement last week, we come to your inbox this Wednesday morning - just 3 weeks away from Congress 2023 - with a very special bulletin of all things Congress. Keep reading for news about Keynote Speakers and Learning Tours, as well as a recap of all that's been announced before now.
Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 June 2023
Keynote Speaker: Itai Palti
Itai is a practicing architect, researcher, and multidisciplinary artist focusing on the relationship between people and place. He is Director of Hume, a Science-Informed architecture and urban design practice.
In 2015, Itai founded the Conscious Cities movement; a new field of research and practice for building environments that are aware and responsive, using data analysis, AI, tech, and science-informed design. He is the Founder, past Director, and current Advisor to The Centre for Conscious Design.
Itai will be delivering the Thursday afternoon keynote address, Designing for the Future Today.
In the afternoon on Thursday 22 June, Congress delegates will split into seven tour groups, each heading to a different site across Cambridge to explore a focus question with a physical case study.
Accordia and Great Kneighton: How has Cambridge encouraged and maintained a focus on design quality in new housing developments?
Cambridge Biomedical Campus: What are the challenges of masterplanning and integrating a global campus in a local city?
Cycle Infrastructure: How can active travel routes be designed into our cities to make walking and cycling the natural first choice?
Eddington: How do you create a new mixed and balanced urban community?
Entopia and The Guildhall: What can Cambridge’s historic buildings teach us about the benefits and challenges of reusing heritage buildings?
Marmalade Lane, Modular Homes, and The Meadows: How has Cambridge led the way in designing and delivering innovative models of housing provision and what do they tell us about living in the future?
North East Cambridge and Core Site: What do we want our communities to ‘feel’ like in 25 years and how do we design for it now?
Advanced registration for your preferred tour is available by booking your Congress ticket through Eventbrite. If you have already booked your Congress ticket, you'll be sent a link to register for your chosen Learning Tour via email.
Since previous announcements, and in addition to Thursday Keynote Itai Palti, we're delighted to welcome the following speakers and panelists to the 2023 Congress programme.
Hilary Cox Condron
Community Artist and Creative Producer
Founding Partner, 5th Studio
Author, Carmageddon: How Cars Make Life Worse and What to Do about It
Director of Estates, University of Cambridge
Cities Advisor, Climate-KIC
Senior Strategist, Gemeente Utrecht
Founding Director, Waugh Thistleton Architects
A key element of the Academy's annual Congress is taking every opportunity to get to know the city, and not staying put in one place because it's convenient. This includes using different venues that showcase different parts of Cambridge's story.
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