We live in both the Urban Age and the Knowledge Age. Potentially these two forces can influence each other for the good, indeed, if the majority of the world’s population is to continue living in cities, then they need to. We need knowledge-based solutions to creating urban sustainability, addressing urban conflicts and promoting “good” urban living. Too often our concepts about where and how knowledge can be produced are archaic – rather than urban. This blog sets out to explore how stronger links can be forged between the Knowledge and Urban Ages, between cities, intelligent people and universities. Can the location of a university or design of its buildings influence the ideas created within it – or the impact of those ideas in society? I think so. By exploring the physical shapes that knowledge cities and universities are taking around the world today, this blog searches for exciting solutions that promise not just smarter but better urban lives.
Emma Källblad co-ordinates the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment in Stockholm, Sweden. She completed the London School of Economics City Design Programme in 2013. Prior to this she worked in university management at the University of Cambridge, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Aalto University (Helsinki). She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Landscape Archaeology.