5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 9th Nov 2017
Monument Masterclasses: Nature and the City
Design scientist and systems theorist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help build a brighter future. A design practice graduate, her career has been spent exploring the potentialities inherent in new and emerging ideas and innovations in fields including architecture, utilities, manufacturing, communications, media, publishing, events, arts, and fashion. A recipient of several national and international innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, including the Mensa Education and Research Foundation International Award for enhancing intelligence that benefits society, Melissa is listed in the 'Libertine 100’ women with complex, beautiful and potentially world-changing ideas. Published in more than 60 trade, academic, and consumer titles worldwide, and a participant of numerous scientific, design, and sustainability panels, juries, and committees, she is known for providing deep insight and informed critique at multiple scales of concept research and development. Her academic activities include visiting lecturer, visiting fellow, workshop host, thesis supervisor, and guest critic at several leading architecture and design research institutes. Currently completing a PhD at the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research group at University of Greenwich, her hypotheses translate biotic behaviours, relationships and systems that enable resilience into theoretical and practice modes, models, and metaphors for future urban environments.
Dr Matthew Green is a writer, historian and broadcaster with a PhD in the history of London from Oxford University. He is the author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time, published by Penguin in June 2015. Aside from books, he writes historical features for the Telegraph and Guardian, appears in documentaries on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, has been the guest historian on Radio 4's Long View, and gives talks all over London. He is the co-founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces immersive, critically acclaimed tours of London as live events, audio downloads and apps. He passionate about bringing history to life through books, tours, talks, TV and radio.