Within decades the number of people living in cities will leap from four billion to almost seven billion. But what are the consequences of this migration in terms of our urban spaces? And how will urbanisation on this scale affect the way we live, work, play and produce? Explore urban spaces of tomorrow with FranklinTill, Viewpoint and SPACE10.
Our opening event is hosted by the London-based futures research studio FranklinTill, the friendly folk behind one of our favourite magazines—Viewpoint. Each issue of Viewpoint explores how a significant trend will affect consumer behaviour and the global design landscape.
The latest issue—which FranklinTill will unveil at the pop-up—explores urban futures. In particular, the City Futures issue looks at urban migration, how the spaces in which we live, work, play and produce will evolve, and how urban creatives are taking more innovative approaches to tackling this modern phenomenon.
To launch the new issue of Viewpoint—of which guests will receive a complimentary copy—FranklinTill is promising a dynamic evening that will go well beyond the normal talk-and-discussion format—one that will be much more interactive for the audience.
We’ll hear from Caroline Till, co-founder of FranklinTill and editor of Viewpoint, as well as from five design contributors:
Thomas Ermacora, regeneration architect and founder of Machines Room—an “open access makerspace for professionals, learners and the inquisitive.
Rachel Wingfield, designer, researcher, educator and founder of Loop.pH—a London-based spatial laboratory experimenting across the fields of design, architecture and the sciences.
Gerard Greene, founder and CEO of Society, which provides ”personalised, design-led apartments in well-connected thriving neighbourhoods full of like-minded people and deliver memorable service, adaptable amenities and truly flexible contracts all underpinned by a seamless digital platform”.
Paul Smyth, the cofounder of Something & Son, a London-based studio working on projects and commissions across a range of disciplines including public art, design, architecture, technology, sculpture and product design. He is also the cofounder of Makerversity, a shared making and learning space in the heart of London.
Edmund Fowles, cofounder and director at Feilden Fowles, an award-winning, London-based architecture studio. He will talk about the idea of the “green city”, making specific reference to Feilden Fowles’ new studio space, for which they have taken a disused piece of land and developed a city farm and urban garden in the centre of London.
Following individual presentations, the five speakers will take part in 'Designing the Future City'—a panel discussion exploring how we need to rethink spaces and materials to tackle some of the issues of urbanisation. The discussion will be chaired by design writer and Viewpoint contributor Henrietta Thompson.
Finally, the London-based designer James Shaw will create an interactive installation that will see guests make a variety of objects using his Plastic Extruding Gun and discarded or waste objects found locally.
Get your ticket to be on the guestlist, but remember to arrive in time to secure your seat. First come, first served. The event is free but limited to 100 participants.
From 18-23 September, SPACE10 is hosting a pop-up in Shoreditch to explore the consequences of urbanisation and the spaces we inhabit. Over the course of six days, during London Design Festival, we will examine the concept of space from different perspectives. Learn more and sign up for the different events here.