Friday 04 May 2018

14:00 — 15:35

Pieter De Somer (Venue) — Auditorium

Urbanization is on the rise. How do we redefine urban wasteland as a cultural space? How do we create room for creativity? How can technology and design help us to improve the quality of life in our cities? The way we think, sleep, move & also eat is defined by our surroundings. What will our food culture look like in the cities of the future? The future of our cities is at the intersection of technology, humanity & creative use of space. We need to find inspiration in art & nature to redefine the relationship with people, space & technology in orde to create design that is truly adapted to its natural & human surroundings.

Daan Roosegaarde NL

the Leonardo da Vinci of the Dutch Polders (or just Daan)

Landscapes of the Future

Daan Roosegaarde presents ‘Landscapes of the Future', highlighting his innovative practice which merges people, technology and space to create a better world. Virtual floods, smart highways and smog sucking towers; Roosegaarde pulls technology out of the screens to examine and activate solutions to improve daily life in urban environments. In his interactive talk, Roosegaarde explores the social role of design, the importance of “Schoonheid” (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness) along with his vision for the future. As the new ‘hippie with a business plan' to quote the New York Times, Roosegaarde has been selected as a creative change maker by Forbes and Good 100 and is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum.

Marc Vandewalle BE

Eve Turow Paul US

Millennial food culture expert

Lifestyle Trends in the Digital Age: How Tech is Driving Culture

Eve Turow Paul is a journalist and advisor who studies the wants and needs of young people around the world. She investigates the latest research in psychology, sociology, anthropology, speaks to thought-leaders and interviews people of the Millennial and Gen Z generations to gain a better understanding of their anxieties, hopes and passions. She then looks at how individuals soothe themselves and fulfill many of their needs through food culture, where young people overwhelmingly spend their discretionary incomes.

Dimitri Hegemann DE

founder of Berlin’s legendary techno club Tresor & cultural activist & space-pioneer

The Importance of Alternative Culture for Urban Development

Cities develop and change over time and each new generation make their mark in the physical space, architectural appearance and the cultural life. These transformations create new possibilities for experimental culture and innovativeness, something that cities strive to embrace in order to attract “’the right” kind of people, businesses and attention. Culture is becoming a vital part of strategic planning and development as well as a tool to achieve more just and diverse cities. But within this “cultural planning”, is there room for alternative and counter cultures to evolve and experiment? What part does alternative culture play in comparison with public art and culture institutions? Dimitri Hegemann is a space pioneer, cultural activist and community organizer foremost known for founding the famous Berlin techno club, Tresor. Based on his own Berlin experiences, Dimitri will talk on the importance of alternative culture and night time economy for urban life, change and development.

Lisbeth Imbo BE

Organising change at The Content Makers & CEO of BANKISPOON