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PlanTech “era” to be unveiled at London Tech Week

A series of PlanTech lectures and events will debate and showcase how technology can improve the planning system

Interactive installations will be on show at the Urban Innovation Centre in London
Interactive installations will be on show at the Urban Innovation Centre in London

A new exhibition featuring the latest innovations in city and town planning is to be launched as part of London Tech Week 2017.


Following on from FinTech, GovTech and PropTech, “PlanTech” week from Future Cities Catapult is intended to explore how digital innovation, urban data, and user-centred design can improve the UK’s planning system.


The exhibition will include prototypes from a selection of SMEs and local planning authorities after Future Cities Catapult’s competition to develop new tools and innovations that will transform the planning system.


Attendees of Europe’s largest tech festival can visit the interactive installations between 12-16 June at the UK’s Urban Innovation Centre in Clerkenwell. In addition, Future Cities Catapult has curated a free series of PlanTech lectures and networking events debating and showcasing how technology can improve the planning system.


“We started our Future of Planning project to explore ideas and technologies to create a more transparent, data driven and digitally enabled planning system,” said Nicola Yates, CEO of Future Cities Catapult.


“We’re incredibly excited to be launching this exhibition during London Tech Week and I [would] encourage anyone interested in the growing PlanTech revolution to come along to our events.”


With cities becoming under more strain than ever before, there’s never been a greater need for efficient and predictive planning, said Future Cities Catapult. UK cities cover only 8 per cent of the UK’s landmass, but account for more than half (54 per cent) of its population, and the UK’s four biggest cities (London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow) are home to one quarter (24.3 per cent) of the population.


“The planning system often gets blamed for many of the challenges cities face; lack of affordable housing, poorly designed places and citizens resisting new development. But the system isn’t broken, it just needs upgrading,” added Stefan Webb, head of projects, Future Cities Catapult.


“During London Tech Week, we’ll be showcasing the emerging technologies, innovations and visions that are transforming the way we plan our cities. Visitors can explore the growing momentum of PlanTech and the opportunities it brings to citizens, start-ups, planning authorities and corporations.”


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