Introducing Urban Futures

What will drive the future design of cities and places people love?

With more than half the world’s population now living in urban centres, we are passionate about helping to address the challenges faced by cities around the world.

Urban Futures is our new platform for urban research, speculation and ideas, exploring what will drive the future design of cities and places people love.

An Urban Futures project may be a clever design proposition, a curated event or the in-depth research of a complex urban issue.

Each one is a conversation-starter, a contribution to the broader discussion about the future of our cities, and a demonstration of how design can unlock the potential of places to deliver more economic, social and cultural value for the people who live and work in them.

An Urban Futures project may be a design proposition, a curated event or the in-depth research of a complex urban issue

365 ideas – an idea a day for a whole year

We began this conversation with our own people, tapping into the insights and imagination of the whole HASSELL team. We asked people in every studio to generate ideas for an unloved space or place in the city. This could be a pop-up installation, a new city experience or a new way of approaching a big urban challenge.

We received 365 ideas from our team – one idea for each day of the year.

Imagine seeing a disused motorway turned into a waterfall. An interactive 'opinion pole' that collects your thoughts on improving the city. Or watching a (very) short film festival as you wait for your next Metro.

These diverse ideas spanned from the playful and whimsical to the techno-futuristic to the absolutely viable (some of which we are already looking at developing into real projects).

We look forward to sharing some of these inspiring ideas – and their authors – over the coming months. 

365 ideas entry No.55: Cityfall

URBAN FUTURES IS PART OF THE BIG CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CITIES

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