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The focal point of our next event is a presentation on the Future Homes project which is being led by Prof Rose Gilroy from Newcastle University. The project is a unique collaboration between Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, Karbon Homes, Ryder Architects, ZCF, Elders Council, Quality of Life Partnership and Sustainable Communities Initiative.
Its goal is to develop new housing exemplars that show people the future. These will combine, in one place, innovations in flexible living, materials, digital technology and zero/low energy systems to provide supportive homes for everyone at any life-stage.
In its first phase, Future Homes fuses a programme of public conversations and citizen centred co-design with scientific research to create a test-bed where entrepreneurs, established businesses and new entrants to the market can develop new solutions that are a step change in urban responses to the biggest global challenges.
The project won £1.12m from the Homes and Community Agency in December 2016 to construct four demonstrator units in Newcastle.
We're also delighted to welcome David Kirk, Professor of Digital Living, from Northumbria University who will be sharing his thoughts and experience, Leonard Anderson, an entrepreneur developing technology to help older people live independently in their own homes and Mark Massey, Senior Partner from ID Partners who will be talking about a very exciting and innovative garden village project that he's working on.
Professor of Digital Living in the School of Computer and Information Science, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, at Northumbria University. David is a Chartered Psychologist with over 15 years post-degree experience in researching people and in particular their interactions with technology. He has a PhD in HCI and has worked in both academic and industrial research labs. In addition to his academic work he also consults for corporate clients such as Microsoft Research.
Leonard is an innovator and entrepreneur with a social conscience. He invented Kemuri® K-Sockets to help older people to live independently for longer. He combined his knowledge of people with dementia, machine learning and the Internet of Things. Hourly checking of patterns of activity gives peace of mind that somebody is warm, eating, drinking and moving around the kitchen.
After international career as a systems manager with ICI and Shell he founded a programme management consultancy with major private and public sector clients that included Visa, Ford, BP, Nationwide Building Society, London Electricity, South East Grid for Learning and Newcastle City Council. He has a PhD from Durham University and has a continuing relationship with Durham which includes partnering on an Erasmus Plus programme for people-centred design.
Mark has worked in London, Lusalka and Gaberone and has over 35 years of working on urban regeneration and large scale masterplanning projects. Since 1990, he has led IDP’s masterplanning consultancy, which has won numerous awards and competitions.
His Practice has been particularly successful in ‘waterside’ housing. Examples include the Marina Village development at St Peter’s Basin, South Shields Riverside and the award winning Staiths South Bank in Gateshead. Mark also led the team in developing an emerging masterplan for Newcastle Great Park, which culminated in the construction of a World Headquarters for SAGE Software.
Mark’s current projects include the delivery of the 1800 units for the Scotswood Regeneration project, as well as developing proposals for a pioneering 1500 unit ‘Garden Village’ just south of Seaham.
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