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Holism and Smart Cities or Urban Dystopia?
August 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmFree
One of the stark future realities facing us will be how to manage and upgrade the huge infrastructure pressures on our rapidly growing cities.
“The demands on overstretched and under-maintained infrastructure, the consumption of natural resources, and the unequal quality of urban community wellbeing, calls for a fundamental rethink of how our cities should be structured.” Llewellyn van Wyk
The accelerating process of urbanization, characterised by high density living, presents unprecedented challenges, as well as opportunities. With more than half the global population living in urban areas, and approximately a billion people living in slums, cities are seen as the new human laboratories.
In this on-line webinar the Holos-Earth Project will investigate what role holistic thinking will play in addressing these challenges and opportunities.
Urban analyst and policy authority, Llewellyn van Wyk, M.Sc., will guide this conversation. He will help us explore what role, if any, smart cities might have in that transition, and especially what citizens can do about that. Llewellyn suggests the complexity and scale of urban infrastructure requirement exceeds the capacity of public authorities to manage it.
In this 90-minute interactive webinar we will explore how holistic thinking and practice, focused on the potential of smart cities, is needed to address what amounts to the essential future of humankind. As John Stuart Mill declared:
“No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought.”
Llewellyn van Wyk, is well placed to guide the conversation. As a former principal researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa, he undertakes policy analysis based on research, design and innovation into high performance infrastructure. A specialist in the domain of sustainable and high performance buildings, and construction methods, he employs eco-based solutions and innovative planning with urban design approaches. Llewellyn has delivered keynote addresses at international conferences around the world and is invited to lecture at numerous universities. He is currently a distance lecturer at the University of Johannesburg.