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The Digitized City

 

The Digitized City by Charles Landry

Image: charleslandry.com

 
Story by Maya Tan and U-En Ng
 

CHARLES LANDRY, author of The Digitized City,  gives us a glimpse of how digitisation affects people and cities, and what it takes to create a sustainable, balanced city.

 

An international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change, Landry is the man who invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. The focus of the Creative City is how cities can create enabling conditions for people and organisations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities.

 

A model of a digitised city. Image: City of Helsinki Media Bank / Seppo Laakso

A model of a digitised city.    Image: City of Helsinki Media Bank / Seppo Laakso

 

As urbanisation engulfs the world and citizens migrate en masse towards urban centres, it has become crucial for local governments, city planners and communities to think about quality of life issues. The author’s latest book - The Digitized City -  Influence and Impact, describes the tectonic shift unfolding where digital devices with their disruptive potential are changing cities, society and social life, connectivity, the economy and culture.

 

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. Image: charleslandry.com

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. Image: charleslandry.com

 

His belief extends beyond giving urbanites the infrastructure and accompanying intelligence on navigating city systems, but states that there has to be a bigger vision to find balance and sustainability.

 

Listen to our conversation here:

 
 

 
 

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources. To find out more click here.

 

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