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Urban Age Electric City Conference

Welcome to the Electric City

This week, on 6-7 December, London hosts the Urban Age Electric City conference: investigating how the combined forces of technological innovation and the global environmental crisis are affecting urban society.

Visit the conference microsite now for all the latest news – the Electric City will be live-streamed here throughout Thursday and Friday GMT.

View the programme | See details of the speakers | Join the conversation at #UAelectric

Attended by over 300 delegates from around the world, keynote contributors will include:

  • Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, author of ‘The 100-Mile City’
  • Ed Glaeser, Professor Economics, Harvard University, author of ‘The Triumph of Cities’
  • Saskia Sassen, Co-chair of the Committee of Global Thought, Columbia University, author of ‘The Global City’
  • Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, LSE and New York University, author of ‘The Craftsman’
  • Anthony Giddens, Professor of Sociology, Cambridge University and LSE, author of ‘Politics of Climate Change’
  • David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, UK
  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor of London
  • Joan Clos, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • Carl Cederschiöld, Mayor of Stockholm 1998-2002
  • Anthony Williams, Mayor of Washington D.C. 1999-2007
  • Roland Busch, CEO Sector Infrastructure & Cities and member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG
  • Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and Executive Vice President for the Emerging Solutions Group, Cisco
  • Richard Rogers, Architect and Chairman, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Adam Greenfield, Managing Director, Urbanscale, New York City
  • Carlo Ratti, Director MIT Senseable City Lab
  • Bjarke Ingels, architect and principal, BIG
  • Alejandro Zaera Polo, Founder, Alejandro Zaera Polo Architecture, and Dean, School of Architecture Princeton University
  • Erik Spiekermann, Principal, EdenSpiekermann


‘Intelligent cities are exciting. They are a living laboratory for smart urban technologies that create a public conversation between city residents and urban  leadership, and amongst citizens comparing notes. But from experimentation and discovery, we could slide into a managed space where ‘sensored’ becomes ‘censored’ rather than a world of open-source urbanism.’ – Saskia Sassen

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