Cities for Humanity – 人性之城 Thomas Heatherwick A filmed interview with Thomas Heatherwick on the subject of human-centred design and the future of cities in the digital age.
Discussing the studio’s approach to designing public spaces for cities Thomas Heatherwick addresses some of the criticism that has been levied against the concept of data-led cities more broadly. Whilst concerns have been voiced about some of the potentially negative aspects of living in data capturing smart cities, these technologies, he suggests, also herald many possibilities for a more inclusive and sustainable future. It is clear that this is an area for debate and discussion in order to steer ourselves to embrace a future that celebrates new technologies whilst also making exciting and beautiful places at human-scale. The role of three-dimensional design in our cities is as important now as it has ever been and the role of the designer is to make better places for everyone.
The projects discussed include: Google Charleston East in Mountain View, California, (designed by Heatherwick Studio together with BIG), the project “1000 Trees” in China, and the project “New Bus for London”.
Credits: Thomas Heatherwick
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