Let's Talk About the Future of Cities

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Moderated by João Taborda da Gama, member of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Future Forum, the conference Let’s Talk About the Future of Cities has the participation of Pablo Sendra (University College London) and Sue Stuart-Smith (psychiatrist and psychotherapist, author of “The Well Gardened Mind”, and consultant of the DocHealth Service).

The opinion upheld by both authors in this Talk can be seen in the Gulbenkian Idea each of them prepared for this purpose.

This is the third conference of the “Let’s talk about the future” cycle, held in partnership with RTP3, in which internationally renowned speakers debate key themes of our near future.



Pablo SendraLet’s Talk About the Future of Cities
Sue Stuart-SmithLet’s Talk About the Future of Cities



Dr Pablo Sendra is an architect and urban designer. He is an Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He combines his academic career with professional work through his own urban design practice, LUGADERO LTD, which focuses on facilitating co-design processes with communities. At UCL, he is the Director of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning Programme and the Coordinator of the Civic Design CPD. He has carried out action-research projects in collaboration with activists and communities. His work with communities can be accessed in the Community-Led Regeneration platform. He is co-author of Designing Disorder (with Richard Sennett, 2020), which has been translated into 7 languages, co-author of Community-Led Regeneration (with Daniel Fitzpatrick, 2020) and co-editor of Civic Practices (with Maria Joao Pita and CivicWise, 2017). He is part of the City Collective for the journal City.

Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist who graduated in English literature at Cambridge University before going on to train as a doctor. She worked in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at The Tavistock Clinic and is a Consultant at DocHealth, a not-for-profit service helping doctors suffering from stress and burnout. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire. Her book, The Well Gardened Mind, was published in 2020. It became a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into fifteen languages.


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