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Indy Johar, Joost Beunderman.

London is at a coal face. The twenty-first century demands a restructuring of our cities at a speed and scale as yet unwitnessed by any major global economy in modern history, however, our public discourse seems stuck on debating our future into existence. Whether we are blaming housing shortages or enraptured by economic nationalism, this period of great transition cannot be reduced to either one of these reactions. We are witnessing a massive technological and organisational disruption of our society: from stagnating middle-class wages (as articulated by Branco Milanovic’s elephant graph) to the decoupling of economic growth from employment (Instagram sold to Facebook in 2012 for $1bn having only 13 employees) and the downsizing of major employers such as leading European banks. These are early signals of a new economic reality where the rise of platform, automation and AI economies are driving the development of the post-managerial city. Every industrial revolution has always gone hand-in-hand with a reinvention of what it means to be human, with profound implications for our built environment. It is our rm belief that this new reality doesn’t mark a coming redundancy of humans, it merely illustrates the redundancy of humans as bad robots.

It is in this visible reality, and a London accelerated by Brexit, that we will work together to reimagine and repurpose what it means to be human, and remake our city and its institutions for a new human-machine age that we want to live in. Our research studio will understand architecture as a strategic design discipline which operates diagonally: simultaneously experimenting with policy, technology and storytelling through to their physical manifestation. Exploring the implications of universal basic income on the spatial geography of London, reinventing tokenised property rights and its implication on architecture and re-imagining the city in a world of real-time planning – we believe it is at these intersections that London will be reborn.

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Indy Johar is a founding Director of Dark Matter Laboratories and 00, co- founder of Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab. An architect by training, Indy is a senior innovation associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. He was a member of the RSA's Inclusive Growth Commission and lectures globally on systems change, the future of urban infrastructure nance and governance in an age of complexity.

Joost Beunderman is an urbanist and researcher, co-director of 00 and co-founder of Dark Matter Laboratories and Hub Launchpad. He co-authored The Compendium for the Civic Economy (2011) and Designed to Scale (2015). Joost teaches in the MSc Urban Design & Planning at the Bartlett and has lectured extensively about the civic economy and civic nance. He has published in academic journals such as Planning Theory & Practice and is a Built Environment Expert for the UK Design Council.

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Dan Hill
Jack Minchella
Alistair Parvin

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