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Indy Johar and Kate Raworth in conversation

We are they


Friday 5 October 2018
6.30 — 8pm

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Part of our

Invisible Landscapes

events programme
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We are They. Dark Matter Laboratories, 2018.

Image courtesy of Dark Matter Laboratories.

A conversation discussing our current urban complexities and how a city like London could move towards a more equitable, systematic and circular urban development model.

The world we experience is the product of an invisible set of beliefs and assumptions, some commonly held, others debatable - all of them changing over time. Throughout history, enduring advances in design have questioned what it means to be human and how that shapes the everyday landscape around us. To create better cities, we must radically rethink the fundamentals of the role humans play in this context, re-understanding what it means to be human in today’s city.

This talk marks the opening of a new immersive installation as part of the Invisible Landscapes project in the new Architecture Studio where research platform Dark Matter Laboratories explore the role of value creation in our cities, what new tools need to be accounted and contracted to create a more human city.

Acclaimed economist Kate Raworth joins architect and Dark Matter Laboratories founder Indy Johar as as they explore how technology can enable the visualisation and transformation of the values and parameters defining contemporary cities, and proposing new models for a more equitable urban environment.


Indy Johar – Architect, founder of Dark Matter Laboratories, founding Director of 00, and co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab. He 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 2017 RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission.

Kate Raworth – Economist whose research focuses on the unique social and ecological challenges of the 21st century. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and author of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist.

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Friday 5 October 2018

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£15, £9 concessions

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