Open Lecture: Usman Haque

Usman Haque

Thursday 10th February 2022, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

At its best, technology in the urban environment should not be about efficiency (which restricts complexity, serendipity and diversity), but about connecting – people, places and situations – in ways that leads to novelty, engagement and agency. Usman will talk about designing interactive spaces and platforms for urban communities and about why reconnecting human, non-human and urban infrastructure is crucial for dealing with the challenges of the 21st century. 

Usman Haque is founder and creative director of Umbrellium, a London-based design & build studio dedicated to transforming urban environments. His work embraces many disciplines, including design, architecture, the internet of things, urban community infrastructure, and large-scale public art/performance. Trained as an architect, he has created spectacular participatory events and large-scale installations for cities around the world. Earlier he founded, a search engine for the Internet of Things; and Pachube, one of the world’s first open IoT data platforms, acquired by LogMeIn in 2011. He taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture with Prof Stephen Gage in the Interactive Architecture Workshop (until 2005); and in 2015/2016 led RC12 Urban Design cluster, “Participatory systems for networked urban environments” with Adam Greenfield. •

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