Cities used to grow by accident, ad hoc. People who worked in the fort, the port or warehouses needed a place to live, eat and worship. Infrastructure threaded through the hustle and bustle—water, sewage, roads, trolleys, gas, electricity—in vast networks of improvisation. Around the second decade of the 20th century, things changed. Cities started to happen on purpose, and if we jump to now, cities are increasingly designed as a whole – as a living system. Technology like smart materials, sensors, connectivity and big data allow architects and planners to work more conceptual, systemic and smart. Cities become more environmentally friendly, liveable and beautiful. Circularity is at the centre of these developments and provides a framework that is key for Tomorrow’s cities!
Preliminary program and speakers
16:00: Introduction by Fred van Beuningen – Smart Cities
16:15: Expert panel discussion – circular economy vs. smart cities
17:00: Circular economy pitches
17:15: Open spaces – opportunity to discuss circular projects e.g: the Central Innovation District, The Hague.
18:00: drinks and networking