If we were to re-imagine our future, living in a city that is designed and built with, above all else, its citizens in mind, what are the transformational steps we can take to achieve this? Discourse amongst the UK’s infrastructure sector is concerned with:

  • Wanting to understand and define the socio-economic issues before setting the engineering problems; putting the ‘why, who for’ before the ‘what’.
  • What does society really want from its infrastructure? How do we establish what constitutes a good result?
  • A relentless focus on realistic and meaningful demand forecasting. Will what we are planning today still serve society well tomorrow?
  • How can we create space and freedom to explore and break from the status quo?

We want to ask for others’ experiences (learning), explain and share our local and national challenge and understand whether this resonates with others’ current thinking (sharing), exchange knowledge, expertise, ideas and capabilities (connecting) to help develop a (replicable) model for city-scale innovation in infrastructure.

We are interested in the relationships between communities, universities, cities, government and private infrastructure stakeholders, regulators and policy makers.

Workshop organisers:

Penny Evans is a founding member and Assistant Director of Knowle West Media
Centre (KWMC), an internationally respected media arts charity. KWMC
develops bespoke citizen focussed programmes using traditional and digital media,
including data. Evans is a collaborator and developer on many of KWMC’s
academic research projects, government agencies, European partners, public sector
and business. She is a Fellow of Department of Law, University of Bristol and Royal
Society of Arts, UK.

Dr Carolyn Hassan is founder and Director of Knowle West Media Centre: an arts
and media centre (built of straw bales) that delivers socially engaged media arts
projects contributing to a wider understanding of the role of the arts in communities
and cities. KWMC manages Bristol’s Living and a focus on achieving tangible local
benefits through sharing knowledge internationally are key to the success of the
organisation. She is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, UK.

Rebecca Di Corpo Operating at the heart of city and regional development for the
past ten years, Rebecca is a highly experienced business administrator and alliance
manager working at strategic level in the public sector. She has an accomplished
record of developing multi-stakeholder programmes.  In practise, her role
encompasses brokerage of multi-disciplinary research collaboration, external
engagement and representation of the University including international relations and
partnership management.
Prof Colin Taylor CEng FICE is Professor of Earthquake Engineering at the
University of Bristol.  He is interested in how the performance of complex
infrastructures systems subject to natural hazards supports the resilience of citizens
and their communities. He leads a range of projects, including the Bristol Urban
Living Partnership diagnostics pilot, UrbanID, and the £13m Bristol contribution to
the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC).

Ann Padley is a Teaching Fellow in Design Thinking with the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol. Her work focuses on the design of project-based learning experiences and the use of co-creation, facilitation and mentoring to help others develop skills in Design Thinking and creative problem solving. Her practical, student-centred approach to learning is influenced by her background and ongoing work as a marketing and design thinking consultant.


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