RIBA president Angela Brady chaired the panel discussion on Our Future Cities. Speaking as part of a panel discussion were Spencer de Grey from Foster & Partners, Hanif Kara from AKT II, and Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio.
Thomas Heatherwick makes an interesting observation in this panel discussion:
Cities need a designer who’s in charge of the design of that whole city, and can engage at a political and economic level with that.
There’s some really cheesy stuff going on around the world trying to be local. I mean, how many projects in China are there in the shape of dragons?