1st Feb 2016
SMART SPACES: HUMANISING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AT THE RCA
Think of the digital and physical world like the brain and body. One will always need the other. Spaces are where we form ideas, execute ideas, invent, discourse with colleagues, create economy, it is where we innovate. It is also integral that we now understand better how to design spaces around the human rather than the lease if we are to answer the challenging questions being asked.
Furthermore, we have entered an exciting era, where technology, science, and design have come together to provide us with a more adaptable and smarter inanimate world. We now have the opportunity to create smarter spaces, which are both technologically functional and scientifically designed. Neuroscience has in the last ten years given us a deeper understanding of how the built environment interacts with our brains creating a new approach to the design of physical spaces.
With this event series we want to explore the future of space and the socio-economic changes forcing it, the role neuroscience will play within the design of spaces, and how to create a more connected infrastructure through the use of technology.
Whilst we have spoken in many locations across the UK, this is our first event series outside our space in East London. We have partnered with Dr. Harriet Harriss from the RCA to bring you three events. They will be led by an exciting and informed panel followed by an open discussion with the audience. The partnership follows THECUBE’s ethics of forming exciting academic links to bring wider values to its members and help the evolution of coworking spaces.
1 // Can Technology create empathic design? (BOOKINGS LINK)
Tues 8th March / 7pm / at The RCA on Kensington Gore
Technology enhances the human allowing us to go above our mental and physical attributes, however can it help create more empathetic design? Empathy is the emotion that allows us to feel another person’s condition. Therefore can technology allow us to create materials, tools, and products that allows the design of spaces that is more empathetic to the human?
- Dr Jon Goodbun (Lecturer/Planner/Designer)
- Panos Mavros (Researcher & Neuroscientist)
- Harald Brekke (Architect & Researcher)
2 // What Is A Connected City?
Thursday, 21st April 7pm / at The RCA on Kensington Gore
The connected metaphor is widely used in technology, science, and sociology. It is in part how we view success, a highly connected technological network for instance can lead to solving big data problems or our highly connected brains allows us to have intellectual prowess. So what would it mean to have a highly connected city, both from human and infrastructure perspective.
- Dr Adam Kaasa (Theatrum Mundi)
- Darrell Berry (Significance Systems & Computational Scientist)
- Dr Dan Lockton (RCA)
- Tim Jones (Head of Strategy: FutureCity)
3 // What Is The Role of Neuroscience in Design ?
Thursday, 5th May / 7pm / at The RCA on Kensington Gore
Design has for the last 30 years been a keen employer of psychological concepts, to make design more human centric. However, advancements in neuroscience is allowing for an even deeper understanding of how the brain functions in relationship to its environment. We would like to explore how neuroscience will influence the future of design.
- Fiona Zisch (UCL Bartlett)
- Araceli Camargo (THECUBE, MSc Cognitive Neuroscientist)
- Dr. Harriet Harriss (RCA, writer and Architect)
- Itai Palti (Architect and Neuroscience Researcher)
- Rob Clayton (Ad Creative, Writer, Journalist)
Tickets to be released via billetto shortly.