The five elements mean earth, water, air, fire, and cyberspace, i.e. how cities are adversity-resilient. The term “Urban Megatrends’ mean unavoidable technological alterations which will have dramatically changed the urban space within the next decade, beginning from drones, robots and Internet, to Big Data and block chain.
In the previous editions of the Five Elements conference, which we had initiated in 2013, we mainly put an emphasis on the relationships between digitisation, security and urban life. Hence our concern relates to an analysis of threats in the world of billions of sensors, freedom in the digital world or the dilemma “Public space or secure one? How to build in the city in the epoch of terroristic threats?”.
This year, we have decided to focus on the issue how to prepare the city and its infrastructure for the robotic revolution. Again, the robotic revolution means such digital technologies which, indeed, may have acquired the tangible form as auto-robots or drones, though they more appear to us in a data analysis or block chain techniques. There is no escape from megatrends. One may only jump on the wave and float with it; otherwise we shall be fallen by the wayside.
19 April, Thursday, Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, Sala Miedziana (Copper Hall), #MegatrendyMiejskie
09.00 – 10.00 Registration, morning coffee and tea.
10.00 – 13.00 SESSION I: THE CITY IN 5D. BETWEEN THE REAL AND DIGITAL WORLD.
The resilient cities, so far resistant to adversities, are just being confronted with technological megatrends which will have dramatically changed the urban space within a decade, beginning from electro mobility and zero-emission economy, through drones, robots and Internet of things, until Big Data and block chain. They may defend themselves against those megatrends and … fall or use creatively in order to alter their social, economic or spatial structure. Megatrends are also evidencing the multidimensional urban structure weaved of physical and digital threads. How not to get lost in it?
The meeting will be chaired by Mr Sławomir Kosieliński, Chairman of the Board of the Micromacro Institute Foundation (MIF).
MULTIDIMENSIONALITY OF THE CITY
Is there in the robotised city, living under the watchful eye of omnipresent cameras from a streetlamp to satellites, a place for a human being? Entangled in the digital world, we take in every technological novelty if it entices with improvement of the quality of life in the city even at the expense of our privacy. How can we modify this panopticon and build towns to our human dimension? Introductory lecture.
Professor Stephen Graham, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University.
THE CITY OF PEOPLE AND ROBOTS
How to prepare the assumptions of the land use planning taking into consideration coexistence in the urban space of drones, electric vehicles, auto-robots, and ships-robots? How to plan the zero-emission city? A live interview will be conducted by Sławomir Kosieliński.
Izabela Mironowicz, PhD, Eng. of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Department of City Planning and Settlement Processes, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
The Krakow development strategy up to the year 2030 put an emphasis on the idea of smart city, i.e. supporting those developmental resources with which the city is able to compete for new investments and residents. What is behind it? What megatrends does this metropolis cope with? How is practically it going to make use of the multidimensional structure of the city?
A representative of the City of Krakow authorities
11.30 – 11.45 BREAK
THE DATA-BASED CITY. WHAT WE KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE CITY OWING TO DATA VISUALISATION.
As soon as we do create the multidimensional city, immersed at the same time in the physical and digital space, how to best exploit it in city management? What can the very residents change owing to well-prepared data visualisations? Introductory presentation for the discussion panel.
Karol Piekarski, Katowice Miasto Ogrodów – Instytucja Kultury im. Krystyny Bochenek, Medialab Katowice (Katowice – City of Gardens, Krystyna Bochenek Culture Institution, Medialab Katowice).
CITY PLANNING AND DIGITISATION. SEARCHING FOR COMMON SPACES.
The discussion panel: Megatrends deeply penetrate the social, economic and spatial tissue of the city. The key is a dialogue between city planners, regional civil servants and technological companies. What type of the city do we want?
Moderator: Edwin Bendyk, Director of the Ośrodek Badań nad Przyszłością (Centre of Research on the Future) of Collegium Civitas/weekly POLITYKA.
13.00 – 13.45 LUNCH
13.45 – 17.00 SESSION II: A GUIDE TO TECHNOLOGICAL MEGATRENDS
Digital technologies may – of course – acquire the tangible form as auto-robots or drones, though they more appear to us in a data analysis or block chain techniques. All this is overlapped with the urban ICT infrastructure. Here is the author guide to megatrends which will have influenced the urban life. Introduction to the session. Piotr Rutkowski, Vice-President of the Fundacja Instytut Mikromakro (the Micromacro Institute Foundation).
Internet of Things in the city
Big Data in the exMetrics model (the Bielsko Biała – Krakow start-up)
Fintech in urban transport
5G: infrastructure of dreams
15.15 – 15.30 BREAK
DEBATE: A SHOPPING MALL OR A PERMANENT DISPLAY? URBAN TRADE IN THE FACE OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES.
The gradual introduction of ban on trade on Sundays, whose symbol is jammed car parking spaces of various shopping centres and crowds of customers (or maybe rather viewers), is an enormous opportunity for towns to start to discuss with developers and shopping mall operators whether they really have to occupy so much of the urban area. Trade has inevitably been shifting to the Internet. Technological companies try to improve shopping installing various vending machines with which there are closely connected mobile applications. When drones are added to that or other autonomous vehicles, our physical presence at the shop will more and more resemble a visit in an art gallery. May be this is an opportunity to have our life returned to the city centres and those shops already as permanent displays. What a model of trade do self-governments opt for? How do investors perceive the urban trade development? And, finally, what will technological firms spring on us? We invite to discussion reginal civil servants, commercial chains owners, developers, and technological companies. The debate will be conducted by Mr Andrzej Gontarz, Fundacja Instytut Mikromakro.
19.00 – 23.00 MEGATRENDS – AFTER-HOURS WORKSHOP.
Restaurant Pastrami Deli, Grzegórzecka 21, www.pastramideli.pl
We shall talk on robots in the public space. Luckily, they are not able to make sandwiches with pastrami (and it is better not to teach them that).
20 April, Friday, Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, Sala Miedziana (Copper Hall)
08.30 – 9.00 REGISTRATION, MORNING COFFEE AND TEA.
9.00 – 11.00 SESSION III: ELECTRO MOBILITY. TOWARDS AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES.
SESSION PARTNER: INSTYTUT BADAŃ RYNKU, KONSUMPCJI I KONIUNKTUR – PAŃSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY (Institute for Market, Consumption and Business Cycles Research – National Research Institute)
The Law on electro mobility and alternative fuels is a crucial legal act for the development of the market for electric vehicles as well as smog fight. This is also an impulse to develop autonomous vehicles.
To what degree cities are going to make use of its provisions?
How does the public transport develop with the use of electric vehicles?
What will car companies offer the public side obliged to replace their stock?
Where in Poland one may test the autonomous vehicles in urban movement?
Moderators: Dr Bogusław Bławat, Director of IBRKK-PIB, and Mr Sławomir Kosieliński, MIF President.
11.00 – 11.15 BREAK
11.15 – 13.00 SESSION IV: ZERO-EMISSION CITY
Electro mobility is one of the roads leading to cleaner air in cities. What other measures can be applied? What can ICT help in? What tools are emerging on Smogathons? How to manage the electricity power infrastructure in the city?
12.50 – 13.00 Conference closing. Lunch.
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