New human environments must incorporate ever increasing complex and often contradictory parameters. The ability to prioritize these parameters for particular situations, meaningfully integrate them, and still achieve engaging places requires a different way of thinking about urbanism. In this context, Malcolm Smith founded the Integrated Urbanism Unit within ARUP in 2008, which is a dedicated urbanism group bringing together the multiple disciplines within the global ARUP group and external parties.
In his lecture Malcolm Smith discussed this new approach to urbanism, and demonstrated how it has been used in projects ranging from the Stratford City metropolitan centre in London to most recent work including the post-riot strategies for Tottenham in 2011, along with the Abu Dhabi city plan, Preston Beach New Town, Australia, and Zuidas district Amsterdam.
Malcolm Smith is an architect and the founding design director of ARUP Urban Design, London. He leads the design strategy on a wide range of urban design projects both in the United Kingdom and internationally. Malcolm Smith has served on Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), has been a visiting professor at Yale University in the USA, visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London and a special adviser to UN Habitat, New York.