Forum for the Future's Futures Centre, based out of Singapore, is a global community to track change and accelerate sustainable action. April 24th 2017 saw the launch of its #LivingGrid conversation, which explores "how humanity might design an energy system that can continuously renew itself, making our lifeless grid more interactive and able to flex in response to the ebbs and flows of renewable energy, so that it behaves like a living system".
Themes include "what can human systems learn from the rest of life on Earth?"; "How would nature design our energy system?"; and "How can we behave less like consumers in an energy market and more like organisms in an ecosystem?".
#LivingGrid activities span online articles, discussions, and content sharing designed to highlight signals of change and encourage sense-making. Participants include architect Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architecture, London; Ash Buchanan of Cohore, Melbourne; members of the Future Centre's team, Singapore; and myself.
Contributions to #LivingGrid will be compiled into a print publication launching later in the year, but, in the meantime, join the conversation and contribute your thoughts on building bio-inspired energy systems.
Read Sensemaking: Evolution at:
Read Sensemaking: Systems at:
Join the LivingGrid conversation at: https://www.thefuturescentre.org/livinggrid
Can you imagine London as the world’s first National Park City? What might place-making for both human and non-human species look like? In partnership with Time Out London, London National Park City campaign is calling artists, designers, illustrators, cartographers, urbanists, film-makers, developers, architects and landscape architects to help Londoners visualise the capital’s future as a National Park City.
The best entries will gain coverage across LNPC’s website and social media, and may also appear in Time Out magazine. Submissions may explore ideas with the potential to make an impact small or large, and embrace wide-ranging ways to help realise the London National Park City dream. The submission deadline for entries is Friday May 19th 2017, and entries may come from both individuals and teams.
I am delighted to join an array of expertise on the jury, including author Will Self; Grant Associates founder, Andrew Grant; Urban Futures lead at Future Cities Catapult, Gemma Ginty; senior researcher at London College of Communication Dr. Alison Prendiville; Director of Sustainable Development, Buildings and Places at AECOM, Ben Smith; Director of the Black Environment Network, Judy Ling Wong CBE OBE; Director of the Thames Estuary Partnership, Pat Fitzsimons; and invertebrate zoologist and general ecologist Dr. Steve Head.
For entries details visit: http://www.nationalparkcity.london/imagine
Melissa Sterry, design scientist, systems theorist, futurologist, cross disciplinary designer developing Bionic City®, and PhD Researcher.
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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