Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-First Century



Lecture date: 2013-10-15

Marina Lathouri, Christopher Lee, Patrik Schumacher and Brett Steele, moderated by Tom Verebes

Evening Roundtable Event

This event celebrates the launch of Tom Verebes’ book, Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-first Century (Routledge, 2013), and invites a number of its authors to present their contributions and engage in a moderated discussion.

Today’s urban complexities and contradictions lay in the task of planning in an increasingly uncertain world. Investigating a deficiency of the preeminent masterplanning tools and techniques of the twentieth century to keep up with the pace of rapid urbanisation in the developing world, the author challenges the capacity of conventional design methodologies to manage the indeterminacy of urban development, the environment, the economy, migration and other dynamic forces which shape the dynamic nature of urbanity. The book’s core thesis explores the evolutionary nature of cities, addressing issues associated with the endurance, obsolescence, and the adaptive and transformative capacity of architecture and urbanism.

The roundtable will be followed by drinks in the South Jury Room.

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