About the Event
The mission of the 2019 Conscious Cities Festival is to provide a five-day learning environment to explore how science-informed design can create a healthier, more inclusive city. Using a multidisciplinary approach grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice, the festival aims to facilitate dialogue among individuals, organizations, and institutions working towards common goals in efforts to spur collaborative and creative solutions for achieving just communities.
Building on the conscious cities movement’s previous events, each day of the festival will tackle pressing issues facing today and the future’s urban population, grouped into four themes: Resilience, Families, Aging, and Mental Health.
Designers, community planners and organizers, advocates and activists, decision- and policy-makers, and behavioral scientists will present forward-thinking approaches to share knowledge in the week’s workshops and public lectures. We will be joined by representatives of New York’s City Hall and other city agencies interested in the latest innovation in planning and engagement with local communities.
Hosted by our venue partner Pratt Institute, the festival will highlight how behavioural science and design can inform one another to better suit the needs of communities and individuals. Participants will co-develop human-centered measures of impact and promote political and economic arguments to sustain investment.
In anticipation of the 2019 Conscious Cities Festival this October, we are delighted to announce an open call for submissions to its official publication — showcasing the diverse and impactful thinking by Conscious Cities practitioners.
For this issue, we are soliciting submissions related to the Conscious Cities manifesto from both festival participants and the general public. Festival participants have the freedom to submit any piece of work, regardless of what they plan to present. Casting this wide net will not only further demonstrate the vital and diverse work being done within the Conscious Cities movement, but also serve as a way to strengthen the network of practitioners involved, and expand the conversation even further.
Submissions can address the following:
- How can we improve architecture and urban design through a human-centered approach?
- What can science teach us about the behavioural, cognitive, and biological effects of the built environment? Where can science bring insights to architecture and urban design?
- Where can data and technology improve human-centered outputs in the built environment?
We are seeking abstracts or pitches for the Anthology by Monday, 5th August, with final drafts to be submitted by Monday, 2nd September. The publication will launch on October 7th, prior to the Conscious Cities Festival in New York, October 15th-19th.
The Centre for Conscious Design (CCD) is a think tank focused on using design to address urban issues facing society today and in the future. We see the continued urbanisation of the world population presenting both challenges and opportunities to building an environment that improves health, wellbeing, equity, and productivity.