Smart City Provocations is a series of live virtual dialogues and events exploring what could and should be the role of urban cultural transformation in the future smart city. It brings together a transregional range of experts from arts practitioners, urban planners to thought leaders and researchers to share insights and offer fresh perspectives on how culture and cities are evolving before our eyes.

Through examples from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, China, Kenya, Brazil and more, this session reflects on this relatively dated notion of the “smart city”, and advocates for the evolution towards the “smart, sustainable & creative city (2S2C)”.


Smart City Provocations is part of Culture | Smart City, a project by EUNIC Cluster Singapore. Founded in November 2019, the cluster brings together European and Singaporean partners to improve creativity and innovation through arts and culture. It organises and supports cultural events, supports educational training, scholarships and residencies, and provides a gateway to Europe through information services. A key objective is to build long-term relationships and international networks in Singapore and abroad.


Join the virtual conversation titled “What does smart, sustainable and creative look like?” between French bestseller author, Dr. Frédéric Martel, and German architect and urban scientist, Dr. Aurel von Richthofen, on 14 March 2022 at 8PM.


Register here now.


About the speakers:


Frédéric Martel is a French academic, journalist and a New York Times bestseller author. As an academic, he is a tenured professor of creative economies at Zurich University for the Arts (ZHdK). He is also the main researcher at the Zurich Center for Creative Economies (ZCCE/ZHdK). He currently for numerous publications in France and elsewhere and produces its own radio show, “Soft Power”, a weekly live talk show on the entertainment, the medias and “the internets” for France Culture (Radio France).


Aurel von Richthofen is an architect and urban scientist. He leads the Cities team for Arup Germany in Berlin and researches at the Future Cities Laboratory of the ETH-Singapore Centre. His focus is on foundational technologies for digital twins and smart cities, as well on circularity and sustainable urbanization using artificial intelligence