City of London Corporation, Milton Keynes Council & LLDC Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Keynotes at PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022


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We’re delighted to confirm further details on our PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 keynotes:

“Enhanced People Focussed Environments through Intelligent Lighting and Temporary Greening and Seating Measures”In this keynote presentation, Clarisse Tavin, Group Manager – Major Programmes and Projects, from the Policy and Projects Division at the City of London, will discuss 2 major pieces of work that she’s developing in the Square Mile:

  • The innovative City Lighting Strategy is the first borough wide Lighting Strategy in London and provides full and flexible control of the LED fittings. Remotely operated lighting complements the look of historic buildings, improves energy usage and helps tackle light pollution. The Strategy developed with Speirs Mayor Architecture Light looks at a shift of thinking in celebrating and balancing light and darkness. Clarisse will explore how smart lighting technology can be used to provide enhanced and more flexible lighting after dark, improve the environmental impact as well as health & wellbeing, and protect wild life – without compromising safety and security.
  • Parklets and the Greening and Seating measures delivered during the pandemic to support social distancing and businesses in making the City more welcoming as well as providing a flexible outdoor space. Clarisse will explain how providing safer spaces and a welcoming environment for people walking and dwelling in the City can contribute to supporting businesses in their return to work, and the City’s post-pandemic recovery.

“SHIFT: London’s Living Testbed and Building the World’s 1st ‘Inclusive Innovation District’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” – Global climate, economic and social crises present an imminent and unprecedented threat to our towns and cities. But with every challenge comes the opportunity to innovate. SHIFT’s mission is to bring people together to find solutions to these challenges and build better, healthier and more sustainable cities for future generations – and it’s aiming to do so using the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a living testbed.

10 years on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the creation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has seen world class sporting and entertainment venues built, new neighbourhoods and business districts erected and inhabited, and unrivalled award winning parklands planted. The setting at the Park includes 560 acres of the perfect blend of public realm, roads and cycle paths, rivers and canals – largely under public ownership and management which presents the opportunity to trial new technology and products that can improve our collective experience of the city.

Shift is the innovation programme and collective of world-leading organisations, thinkers and creatives who are united by a shared vision to tackle global crises and improve the future of urban living for all. Founding partners include University College London (UCL), University of the Arts London (UAL), London College of Fashion, Loughborough University in London, Lendlease, Here East, Plexal and the London Legacy Development Corporation.

By combining resources, expertise and networks, Shift aims to attract global investment to Stratford, turbocharge innovation and find solutions to local problems that can be scaled up and applied globally. At the heart of SHIFT’s approach is the public/communities and sustainable outcomes are at the heart of innovation. The key focus areas are response to the climate emergency in cities, health and wellbeing and transport of people and goods. This keynote from Francesca Colloca – Head of Innovation – SHIFT for the London Legacy Development Corporation – will detail the approach to inclusive innovation and highlight some of the key innovation trials happening on the Park.

“Growth, Drivers for Change and the Importance of Public Realm for City Centres: A Case Study of Central Milton Keynes – Practice and Opportunities”Given drivers for change such as the covid pandemic, sustainability, health and wellbeing, and changes to the way we shop, the need for high quality public realm within city centres plays an increasingly critical role. This keynote from Neil Sainsbury, Head of Placemaking at Milton Keynes Council, will outline how the significant forecast growth for the city provides an additional key role for high quality public realm, not only to address these drivers for change but to support and provide for this growth. The presentation will explore existing ideas and proposals provided by developers as well as Milton Keynes Council and will also outline unique opportunities presented within Central Milton Keynes to repurpose existing public realm.

Neil’s presentation will provide examples of ‘smart’ street furniture in the city centre and show how a public realm handbook will bring clarity to what is required within the bulk of the boulevards, gates and streets. Neil will also outline the work his team are currently undertaking with transport colleagues to design a smart mobility hub along one of the main CMK boulevards and explain how this could act as a prelude to wider transformation of the same boulevard.


PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 takes place at Greencoat Place Meeting and Conference Centre, London, on Thursday 7th July and will show key buyer side stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology, design and data science to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions. In addition to our inspirational keynotes (plus Q&As), the event will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations (plus Q&As) delivered by leading technology experts and thought leaders (e.g. Brightly Software, Project Centre with Lewisham Council, Telensa and more!), each representing priority innovation and design topics and associated areas of application across the public realm; Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and specialists to help hone delegates’ smart strategies and address some of their specific challenges; Further networking opportunities with peers and pioneers over breakfast, drinks and cooked lunch, and all at no charge!

Qualifying delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, planners, place makers, architects, green space managers, urban designers, highways & street scene, transport & mobility and high streets & regeneration professionals from councils and local authorities (city, borough, metropolitan, district, county and combined); people and place partnerships; developers, landowners and creators of privately owned public spaces; prime contractors and city centre management companies; DfT, DEFRA, MHCLG, EA and supporting governmental bodies; transport authorities, highways agencies and public transport operators; civic organisations and community groups; and other key players from the public realm ecosystem with responsibility for managing, maintaining and operating our streets, squares, forecourts, parks, pathways, retail centres, car parks, airports, ports, travel hubs, hospitals, housing estates, campuses, communal gardens and the assets contained within these public or semi-public spaces.

Those with relevant credentials can REGISTER HERE for a free place and join us for what promises to be an insightful half-day of collaboration and knowledge exchange!

Up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can participate at a Smart Class in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity: Check out our Event Sponsorship page for full details on “Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages” or contact us by phone or e-mail if you’d like to discuss this option further. Peruse our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages on our website and “Retrospective Round-ups” published on the Smart Classes Knowledge Base) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters!

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A brand new addition to our events portfolio, PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology and data science to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions. PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 will be hosted in London on 7th July 2022.


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