PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Missed any of the “Retrospectives” from PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022? If so, here’s another chance to gain valuable insights from our Keynote Supporters (City of London Corporation, London Legacy Development Corporation & Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Milton Keynes Council) and Innovation Sponsors (Brightly, Telensa and Project Centre with Lewisham Council)!

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria* for a Public Realm & Urban Spaces Smart Class but were unable to join us in London for the live in-person event on July 7th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” at the bottom of the post to receive a unique link giving free of charge access to all of the presentation videos, recordings and slides. Alternatively, click on your preferred presentation title from below to re-visit an individual retrospective:

  1. “Projects in the City of London – How to Create Enhanced and People Focused Environments through Intelligent Lighting and Temporary Greening and Seating Measures”
  2. “Lewisham Town Centre Regeneration – A Holistic Approach to Public Realm”
  3. “SHIFT – London’s Living Testbed and Building the World’s First ‘Inclusive Innovation District’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park”
  4. “Bright and Connected Public Spaces”
  5. “Growth, Drivers for Change and the Importance of Public Realm for City Centres – A Case Study of Central Milton Keynes”
  6. “The Business Case for Smart Street Lighting”

*Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event 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.


Here’s some of the event feedback we’ve received from PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 delegates and stakeholders:

“Yesterday’s event was really insightful, and it has been a pleasure to contribute to these interesting discussions”…“Thank you for the details of the next event. It was a great experience to attend the last event in London so will definitively recommend it!” – Group Manager, Major Programmes and Projects – Policy and Projects Division, City of London Corporation • “Inspiring, really enjoyable and well organised, many thanks”Senior Urban Designer, Sustrans • “I found the conference super insightful. Made you question how we’ve been managing public spaces for years and learn of innovative ways of doing it better going forward. I definitely got value out of this event and networked with organisations which I believe will help our clients to take the next step into creating more sustainable, digital and community driven mixed-use developments”Project Manager Architecture & Placemaking, Mace “Thank you for bringing this Smart Class to my attention!”Placemaking Group Manager, Surrey County Council “All the presentations and roundtables were valuable”Senior Urban Designer, Hackney Council “The Smart Class was an invaluable opportunity to learn, ask questions and engage with innovators and groups with great stories to tell. I believe I will have lots more fascinating conversations on the back of this session. Thank you!”Associate Principal Lighting Design Consultant, Elementa Consulting “Great seminar, Mark and team! Thank you”Head of Innovation – SHIFT, London Legacy Development Corporation “Programme Content was helpful and relevant”Transport Planner, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham “The day was interesting, presenting a variety of projects. It was good to see technology companies as there is quite a gap in innovation in public realm design. Thanks again for hosting”Director of Masterplanning, Meinhardt UK “It was a pleasure attending, and really enjoyed the presentationsDirector of Digital Transformation, 31ten Consulting

“It was a great event, some really interesting presentations and ideas with good discussions with attendees throughout the day. Thanks for putting it on!Director of Insight and Research, AND London “Thank you so much for the excellent experience. Looking forward to the next Smart ClassesUrban Spaces Engineer, Sustrans “Engaging roundtable discussions and excellent opportunities to networkLandscape and Urban Design Associate Director, WSP “The presentation and roundtable on Lewisham has led to a potential sales leadLocal Authority Strategy Development Manager, Keep Britain Tidy “Well done for organising! Great seminar to talk about Lewisham project and meet people interested and involved in public realm schemes. Thank you allAssociate Landscape Architect, Project Centre – part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “Really great event last weekSenior Client Solution Architect, Brightly (Innovation Sponsor) “I find the events very informative and look forward to attending again in the future…Really enjoyed this Public Realm & Urban Spaces Smart Class and the conversations with the attendees, keep these events coming!Client Engagement Director, Brightly (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thoroughly enjoyable! Good contacts made!” Global Account Manager, Telensa (Innovation Sponsor) “Thanks for a great event last Thursday in London and to the attending innovators from cities, councils and the private sector that we met who were both engaged and engaging. Telensa considered it a very worthwhile event and we look forward to collaborating in the near futureUK & Ireland Sales Manager, Telensa (Innovation Sponsor) 


2022 Smart Classes:

2023 and Beyond:

  • TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023Thursday 9th February, Belfast
  • TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023Thursday 16th March, Coventry
  • EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2023Wednesday 26th April, London
  • TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023Thursday 25th May, Leeds
  • PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023Tuesday 4th July, Manchester
  • TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2023Thursday 7th September, Edinburgh
  • TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2023Tuesday 17th October, London
  • WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2023 – Wednesday 22nd NovemberLondon
  • ENERGY Smart Class – Date TBC, Birmingham
  • HEALTH & ASSISTED LIVING Smart Class – Date TBC, London

NB. Supporting website pages (and registration) for 2023 editions in italics will go live in due course.

Like to learn more about our Smart Class events and how you can potentially participate? Click here to discover the market context of Smart Classes and for a general overview of our Transport, Emissions & Air Quality, Public Realm & Urban Spaces, Water Management, Waste Management, Energy and Health & Assisted Living editions.

Buyer side stakeholders (e.g. councils/local authorities, transport authorities, transport operators, highways authorities, waste collection authorities, developers, utilities, public service providers, critical infrastructure operators, government agencies, prime contractors etc) meeting the qualification criteria described on the individual event page (click selected Smart Class from the schedule above) can apply for a free delegate place by completing the “Registration form” located at the bottom of that page.

Up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can be accommodated at each Smart Class in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity: Peruse the Event Sponsorship page for full details on “Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages”. Check out our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters.

Stay Safe, Feel Safe: The number of delegates at a Smart Class is usually capped at 50 and, despite the government’s lifting of restrictions, venues selected to host a Smart Class are required to operate a ‘Covid-Secure Standards Charter’ and to remain vigilant. We ask all delegates to ensure that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative covid test within 48 hours of the event. Bottles of hand sanitiser are included on all tables and, if you prefer to wear a face covering, we’re continuing to provide full face-visor shields which you may find more comfortable than a face mask, especially during the roundtable discussions.

Seeking further inspiration to realise the ‘Smart Vision’ of your city, region, communities, public services or critical infrastructure operations? Explore our Innovator Directory for profiles, experts and thought leadership from trailblazers, early adopters and major stakeholders developing or deploying the latest digital innovations, data-driven strategies and best practices. Enlist your own smart credentials with a “Mover”, “Shaker” or “Disruptor” package, genuinely affordable options for every budget! For additional insights, check out the Smart Classes Knowledge Base!

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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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