City Planning in the Digital Age

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities

This presentation examined how ‘smart cities’ and related tools such as big data, connected sensors and cognitive computing can allow metropolitan adminstrations to better understand, plan and interact with their cities. It looked at how these tools can also be used by citizens and businesses, but focused particularly on the planning profession. It included discussion of issues around privacy, transparency and responsibility regarding city data and algorithms.

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    Peter Madden

    Professor Peter Madden, OBE, is a sustainability, innovation, and smart cities expert. He is Professor of Practice in City Futures, Cardiff University, Founder Director of Ecovivid, Chair of Building with Nature, and sits on the Board of the Crown Estate. Previously he was CEO of Future Cities Catapult, CEO of Forum for the Future, Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, Ministerial Advisor to the British Government, and Director of Green Alliance.

    Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities, and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. Rode is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).