The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and The Bartlett School of Architecture invite you for a jointly hosted, two-part transatlantic lecture series on designing for the future

Guest Speakers:

Stanley Robinson,
Sci-fi writer and

Usman Haque,
Founding Partner, Umbrellium and Thingful

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 // 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Event is free and open to the public.

Responding to the rising sea level—a design for the waterfront/riverfront of London in 2080. Current estimates are that the Thames will rise a meter by 2080, though some estimates put the rise considerably higher. Speakers design a response and discuss.


Kim Stanley Robinson is an American writer of speculative science-fiction and winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the World Fantasy Award. He has published over twenty books of science fiction, translated into 24 languages, including the award-winning Mars trilogy. Time magazine named him a "Hero of the Environment" in 2008, and in 2012 his novel 2312 was a New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel is Aurora.

Usman Haque is founding partner of Umbrellium and Thingful, a search engine for the Internet of Things. Earlier, he launched the Internet of Things data infrastructure and community platform, which was acquired by LogMeIn in 2011. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices, and dozens of mass-participation initiatives throughout the world. He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize, and the Asia Digital Art Award Grand Prize.

This event is the first in a two-part series of transatlantic conversations on science fiction and architecture in the London of 2080, jointly hosted by the Clarke Center and the Bartlett School of Architecture.

The conversations at both events will be moderated by Clarke Center director Sheldon Brown and Cognitive Science professor David Kirsh. UCSD's Kirsh is also an organizer of the Clarke Center event, together with Prof. Alan Penn and Ava Fatah of the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London (UK).

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Related Links:

The Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation


Bartlett School of Architecture UCL London

Sheldon Brown
Director, UC San Diego The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
Professor, UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Image by Mathieu Raynault.

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