The Fifteen Minute Vision: Future Proofing our Cities

What impact will the pandemic have on the future of our cities?

Join us for our first New Horizons webinar for 2022 and hear from Malcolm Smith, Australasian Cities Leader at Arup, about The Fifteen Minute Vision.

Arup has commissioned a survey of 5,000 residents across five major international cities to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's lives when they are forced to rely on their immediate community for many of their day-to-day needs and the possible consequences for future design of cities.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to ask questions to our presenter during the Q&A session - register for our webinar.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Malcolm Smith

Australasian Cities Leader, Arup

Malcolm Smith is Arup’s Australasian Cities Leader and the founding director of Arup London’s Integrated City Planning (ICP) unit, which brings together design, economics and political strategy in complex master planning projects.

Guiding design strategy for master planning projects across the world, Malcolm’s work not only centres around the physical issues of places, it also encompasses systems integration, resource efficiency, cultural strategy, meaningful infrastructure, risk and resilience, and social value.

He has reshaped and designed key districts and precincts in Australia (e.g. Sydney’s Central to Eveleigh), Singapore (Sports Hub), the UK (Stratford City - the metropolitan centre at the heart of the 2012 London Olympics, and the NOMA precinct in Manchester), Europe (Amsterdam’s Zuidas District) and China (Dontan Eco City Shanghai, which was the first major urban project to define ecological urbanism). He was appointed by the City of Amsterdam as lead designer for Zuidas, the new commercial centre for Amsterdam.

Recent commissions include the new Mahindra World City Jaipur - Asia’s first and the world’s largest project to receive C40 Climate Positive Development (CPDP) Stage 2 Certification - and the Human Genome campus and conference centre in Cambridgeshire UK.

Malcolm has advised influential non-government organisations including the Gore Foundation, UN Habitat and the World Bank. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Academy of Urbanism, and a past member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) Review Committee in the UK.

He is invited to lecture around the world on contemporary urban places, including the City of Melbourne, Sydney, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Munich and Singapore. Malcolm undertakes research into evolving issues in urbanism, and recently published Tomorrow’s Living Station, a collaboration with the UK’s Network Rail. He also recently led a research programme on the role of open space in cities in a post-COVID context – The fifteen-minute vision: Future proofing our cities.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.