The Cities Alive workshop cards are designed to explore issues that will shape the future of cities.

Why is this important? As we increasingly generate / share / express opinions about information on a daily basis we need to adapt our work practices to these new ways of working and the tools we use to get the work done.

Why is this important? The opportunities created by bringing to market completely new technologies and strategies has significant impact on incumbent business.

Why is this important? With the increasing trend towards complex digital design, what will be the future skill set of our engineers and how will the design process change as these narratives develop?

Why is this important? Most our work exists in some physical form in the built environment, how are we adapting or preparing our work to support this new context aware world? shopping malls.

Why is this important? The creation of value chains which straddle several industries and products is likely to continue to increase. Who will we work with in the future to generate a new or larger market?

Why is this important? Whilst traditionally AI is seen to be something for sci-fi films it is slowly appearing in the built environment. The use of micro AI and personal robots on the web have been significant drivers of the development of Web 2.0 and are likely to be key instruments in realising the visions […]

Why is this important? We are interested in the implications of this organisational trend on the future shape of our company – if we are in the business of helping people solve novel design problems then how will we engage with clients and project teams in the future?

Why is this important? As business strives to differentiate itself and customer expectations increase, the need to innovate around the consumer experience is becoming a critical factor for good design.

Why is this important? With nanotech and microelectronics being increasingly used in other sectors, what are the implications for the built environment in terms of the facilities to support such industries and how will it affect peoples ability to live in the built environment.

Why is this important? The trend towards personal metrics and the larger movement towards sensing and measuring the world around us will become increasingly common in the built environment. How will this personalised level of interaction impact our assumptions about the physical world around us?

Why is this important? The mobility of the consumer in an increasingly global economy create interesting issues around regulation, healthcare, national borders and the location of future industries.

Why is this important? We are at the cusp of the emergence of a network of objects that empowers computers to perceive the world for themselves and act independently on our behalf. This has the potential to significantly impact the way we optimise the operation of cities, buildings, infrastructure and business.

Why is this important? Collaborative consumption, micro-preneurs and “reputational capital” should be interesting to anyone thinking about how to support city systems that engage citizens. Reputational capital is about power, trust and influence.

The Arctic is changing rapidly with climate change and a warming planet.  The New York Times reports that the eight Arctic nations are pledging cooperation for the future of the Arctic, given the numerous political and resource implications associated with a changing environment.

The New York Times discusses the need for the US to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, due to increasing pirate attacks, flags of convenience and other issues faced by mariners and the global commons.

MBARI researchers have been looking at the impacts of lost shipping containers on marine environments.  Shipping containers can fall overboard if they are improperly stacked and a vessel encounters rough seas.  For more information click here.