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Plan ahead: RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture 2016

Smart citizens, not smart cities

Technology is an inescapable facet of modern life, influencing the way that we communicate, work, and indeed, plan the spaces that we live in. Professor Michael Batty, convener of this year’s Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture, tells Martha Harris that the impetus should be on using technology to allow people to make better decisions, not just on digitalising our spaces.

Mike Batty.jpg “Cities are places that bring people together so that they can exploit their contacts socially and engage in sharing their labour, hence increasing their economic potential,” explains Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London.And where the advent of the railway first drastically changed people’s e........
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