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Peter Madden, OBE

Director of Ecovivid, advising on smart sustainability

Peter Madden, OBE, is a sustainability, innovation, and smart cities expert. He is Director of - a company advising on smart sustainability in the built environment and sits on the Board of the Crown Estate. Previously he was CEO of Future Cities Catapult - a centre of expertise on urban innovation and CEO of Forum for the Future - a sustainability non-profit.

Surveillance Cities

Is privacy dead as a concept, and should I care? I asked myself this as I stepped from the gaze of multiple CCTV cameras
11/12/2017 12:11 GMT
Robots In

Robots In Cities

This widespread uptake of autonomous vehicles will re-shape our cities further. With seamless, and instant, on-demand autonomous vehicles, why own a car? Why pay for parking? Why devote so much precious urban real-estate to inanimate metal objects? An MIT study estimated that Singapore could reduce the number or vehicles by two-thirds with full automation.
09/11/2017 15:03 GMT
Green Infrastructure For

Green Infrastructure For Cities

Over the past year, cities across the world have been buffeted by natural events. Floods ravaged the residents of Mumbai; and tropical storm Harvey left Houston underwater. Cape Town had its worst drought in over a century; and Shanghai, the world's most populous city, experienced its hottest day in recorded history.
29/09/2017 14:05 BST

Tech-Savvy Cities

Digital technologies will shape how city administrations interact with citizens, how they deliver services, and how they enable new companies to grow. City leaders I talk to know that this digital future is upon us. But most are still not investing enough in the people and facilities they need to harness these technologies.
19/07/2017 13:39 BST
Time For A Digital Overhaul Of The Planning

Time For A Digital Overhaul Of The Planning System?

In many ways the planning system has done a good job: trying to balance competing demands for scarce resources and mediating between economic forces and the views of local communities. And, over the years, it has proved remarkably resilient.
05/06/2017 16:34 BST
The UK Industrial Strategy: Growing The Sectors Of

The UK Industrial Strategy: Growing The Sectors Of Tomorrow?

In January this year, the government launched a consultation on its new Industrial Strategy. This envisages our economic future as one backed by science and based on cutting-edge innovation, aims to build on excellence and also to spread growth across the UK through more focus on 'place'.
31/03/2017 11:31 BST
How Connected Cities Are A Platform For

How Connected Cities Are A Platform For Innovation

In the UK, we have largely built our towns and cities, so a better question might be: 'How could we enhance our cities by overlaying a digital layer?' This layer, spread over the physical, helps us to understand our cities better and create services that allow citizens to interact with the city - and each other - differently.
02/03/2017 16:19 GMT
Urban Innovation Predictions For

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.
20/01/2017 13:50 GMT
Funding For Urban Innovation: The Emerging UK

Funding For Urban Innovation: The Emerging UK Picture

As the work begins and the dust starts to settle on this year's Autumn Statement, I think we can see it as a real shot in the arm for infrastructure, R&D and innovation. These measures should see a real return in terms of productivity and growth. They should, too, help the UK keep up in telecomms developments. And they present a great opportunity to push even harder on urban innovation, so our companies can continue to develop and sell world-beating products and services that help cities thrive.
02/12/2016 13:05 GMT
Cities And The New Industrial

Cities And The New Industrial Strategy

One of Teresa May's first actions as Prime Minister, was the promise of a new industrial strategy. What does this mean for cities and how can they help deliver it?
31/10/2016 13:14 GMT
Brexit and Urban

Brexit and Urban Innovation

For urban innovation, there is an opportunity for cities, companies and institutions to engage in new ways on this global stage, and to do even better in developing the products and services for the markets of tomorrow.
03/10/2016 09:31 BST
Crowd-Funding The Future

Crowd-Funding The Future City

Crowdfunding is a natural solution to a very real problem. Citizens are often keen to shape their local surroundings, but the process can feel incredibly daunting, not least because it can be difficult to obtain funding, be it private or public.
31/08/2016 15:59 BST
Utilities in the Smart

Utilities in the Smart City

Much progress can be made by making existing utilities infrastructure more efficient, making better use of what it can already provide, accurately forecasting future usage, and ensuring that it's maintained intelligently.
21/07/2016 15:05 BST