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Panel discussion How Will Cities Sound in the Future?

Festival of the Future City
Dan Hill, Peter Madden, Antonella Radicchi

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Urbanist and designer Dan Hill, Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, and architect and academic Antonella Radicchi, creator of the Hush City App, discuss what sound means for cities and how the urban acoustic experience might change in the future.

Sound is a fundamental – and too often overlooked – component of our cities, of their vibrancy, of their urban identity, and of the health and wellbeing of their citizens.

What do sound and noise mean for the urban experience? Can we orchestrate the soundscapes in our future cities to work better for everyone?

The event is chaired by Professor Peter Madden.

The recording will be available to watch here from 10:00 on Tuesday 19 October.

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Dan Hill

Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency. A designer and urbanist, his previous design leadership roles include Arup, Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica, SITRA and the BBC. He is Professor at Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and Design Academy Eindhoven, and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is a member of the UN Council on Urban Initiatives, a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London, and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation.

Antonella Radicchi

Antonella Radicchi is an architect and urbanist currently based at TU Berlin. Her research is applied to real-world problems and focuses on how to make healthier and more sustainable cities. In 2017, she launched the free, citizen science app Hush City, which enables people to identify and assess quiet areas in cities.

Peter Madden

Peter Madden runs Ecovivid, advising on the future of property and place: how future drivers, like pervasive digital technology and the sustainability imperative, will impact development, place-making and business opportunity. He currently works as Professor of Practice in City Futures at Cardiff University, Chair of Building with Nature, Board member of The Crown Estate and Advisory Board member of Igloo Regeneration. Previously, he was Chief Executive at the Future Cities Catapult, Chief Executive at Forum for the Future and Director of the Green Alliance.

Image credit: Matt Lincoln

Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol. This year – due to the pandemic – the festival brings together live on-stage, live online and pre-recorded events. Check the project page for details and follow #FutureCity21 on Twitter.

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