Invite to The Future of transport event

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Dear [firstname,fallback=Innovation Forum member]

Innovation Forum members may be interested in The future of transport: to infinity and beyond? talk we are programming with the London Transport Museum on the evening of 6 October. This is one of the partner events in the Mayor’s Story of London Festival, on which we have been working.

At the event Austin Williams of the Future Cities Project will talk about past transport futures, reminding us of the ambition and excitement this area has and could offer. Mark Charmer of the Movement Design Bureau will be looking at possible innovations in transport over a 30 years timeframe. And Paul Priestman of Priestmangoode will talk about audacious design and engineering, and in particular the challenges of creating the Mercury, a high speed double-decker train designed by Priestmangoode.

Conceptual image of VMS Eve and SpaceShipTwo in flight © 2009-2010 Virgin Galactic

VMS Eve and SpaceShipTwo in flight © 2009-2010 Virgin Galactic

This event is part of the Mayor’s Story of London Festival, which takes place 1-10 October and is on the theme ‘London, Innovation and the Future’, focusing on London as a site of innovation and the value of innovation to the future of the city.

We will also remind you about the Future City keynote debates we have programmed with the Mayor of London’s Office and take place every week evening from Monday 4 to Friday 8 October at the British Library. They cost to attend is £6 (£4 concessions) and you can book at the British Library Story of London page. We have also co-programmed a number of other partner events, including How is London working? Innovation in the capital’s workplaces with DEGW on the morning of Thursday 7 October.

I hope to see you at ‘The future of transport’ and/or some of the other events noted, and that you can be involved in this initiative to raise the level of discussion about the future of London.

Nico Macdonald
Innovation Forum
+44 7973 377 897

The future of transport: to infinity and beyond?
Wednesday 6 October, 18:30-20:00
Cubic Theatre, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza
Further information and booking

We all know that the future of transport isn’t jetpacks and teleporters. Science fiction scenarios from The Jetsons to Star Trek have filled our minds with weird and wonderful possibilities that have never come to pass.

And yet, with the advent of space travel for the paying public with Virgin Galactic, is the science fiction of flying cars starting to sound less far-fetched? (Booking is now open with ‘your local accredited space agent’ — if you have a spare $200,000.)

London is a city that absolutely depends on its transport system, and it has a rich history of innovation in transport: from the Brunel Tunnel to the very first underground railway system, opened in 1863. What can we learn from these past innovations to help us innovate better in the future? How can we make better use of information systems and technologies such as GPS? How can we increase our understanding of the needs of the city and its occupants, and design for future transport that is faster, more comfortable, cheaper?

Join us for an evening of presentations and discussion in which we will look at what new forms of transport there might be on the horizon — and what is already being developed — and ask: What forms will electric vehicles actually take? Do driverless taxis work for real people? Can heads-up displays be adapted from military jets to civilian cars? Should we look seriously at aerial transport networks? When we want to leave the city should we be doing it on a Chinese conceived train that doesn’t stop at stations? (And what did happen to our flying cars?)


Austin Williams, Founder, The Future Cities Project
Mark Charmer, Founder, The Movement Design Bureau
Paul Priestman, co-founder, Priestmangoode
Chair: Nico Macdonald, Spy

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