3 July 2012
The Open House Worldwide Conference focused on the theme of "Smarter Cities and Smarter Thinking"
Day one covered a variety of speakers from Open House Cities discussing the politics and funding of an Open House city, the involvement of volunteering being core to each programme's running of city events and how accreditiations for Architecture students in Barcelona are recognised by universities and a discussion about how this model can be expanded to other cities around the world.
Day 2, hosted by CBRE focused more heavily on the theme of smarter cities and smarter thinking with a range of speakers including Rashik Parmar from IBM discussing technologies facilitating sustainable built environments through to the afternoon chairs by Nick Raynsford MP & Chair Telford Homes / Olympic Village and Open-City Trustee bringing together panel discussions involving Malcolm Smith, Arup's Director of Integrated Urbanism, Philip Atkins, Senior Director and Head of City planning at CBRE and George Marshall, who presented on the perception of sustainability and behavioral change.
The conference prompted topics for debate in key areas of sustainability and how smart cities really are at adapting to the development and pace in which technology is moving and how overall it is driving changes directly affecting our cities.
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