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Young Urbanist: Is there a future for the humble sketchpad?

May 27, 2020 @ 18:00 - 19:00 BST

Is there a future for the humble sketchpad? – Emerging technologies and the future of masterplanning.

How will new, digital technologies affect traditional design practice? Negatively, by replacing architects, planners and urban designers with bean-counting algorithms? Or positively, by automating the dull, repetitive and time-consuming tasks we undertake, freeing up more time for the creative fun such as sketching and complex problem solving?

But how exactly will these creative tasks be done? What skills and tools will urban professionals need to undertake them effectively? How will creativity be embedded into analysis and design to support those critical, early decisions about the layout of streets, the location of land uses and the provision of transport infrastructure? What will the relationship between human and machine look like?

Is there a future for the humble sketchpad and might we even see the emergence of a supercharged digital version?

Join Tim Stonor (Managing Director, Space Syntax and Director of the Academy of Urbanism) for a thoughtful discussion about the future of traditional practice and the emerging use of technology in early-stage masterplanning.


This session is open to all Young Urbanist members and we look forward to you joining the discussion.

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If you have any queries before then, please contact Olga Gaitani on og@academyofurbanism.org.uk.


May 27, 2020
18:00 - 19:00 BST
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