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We partnered with The Guardian to discuss the way that technology will change our cities and ourselves.

This series of talks charted the role of technologies – from historical innovations to future speculations – in transforming and disrupting the city and the lived experience of our urban environments.

Futureshocks was curated by writer and urbanist Adam Greenfield and Museum of London curator Lauren Parker.


We welcomed 252 attendees to our three Futureshocks events.


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25 January 2018


Futureshocks: Human was chaired by Ian Sample, science editor of the Guardian.


  • Timo Arnall, photographer, filmmaker, designer and researcher into emerging technologies
  • Rachel Coldicutt, feminist, technologist and CEO of Doteveryone
  • Aimee Meredith Cox, scholar, dancer and author of Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship
  • Adam Greenfield, event co-curator, and author of Radical Technologies: the Design of Everyday Life
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22 February 2018


Futureshocks: Systems was chaired by Francesca Panetta, executive editor of virtual reality at the Guardian.


  • Greta Byrum, Director of Resilient Communities at New America. Greta is reimagining the way we design, build, control and distribute communications systems.
  • Usman Haque, artist and architect, and winner of the Museum of London open call for ‘An Idea for a Future London’. ‘VoiceOver Finsbury Park’ is a social radio project bringing residents of a tower block together in North London, in collaboration with Furtherfield and Umbrellium.
  • Alison Powell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, researching how people’s values influence the way technology is built, and how technological systems in turn change the way we work and live together.
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21 March 2018


Futureshocks: Civic was chaired by Chris Michael, editor of Guardian Cities.


  • Daisy Froud, educator and strategist shaping the future of places in intelligent, imaginative and equitable ways.
  • Anab Jain, designer, filmmaker and co-founder of Superflux, imagining different futures
  • Liam Young, a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures, revealing the invisible connections and systems that make the modern world work