Jun 20

The secret to future-proofing our cities? Make them dynamic

Interview with Morris Misel

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A series where we talk to traffic and mobility experts, discuss innovations, and highlight business leaders within transport and city planning.
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Morris Misel unleashes possibilities for businesses by breaking with convention. For over 30 years he’s influenced the thinking of some of the world’s biggest organisations and brands to see what tomorrow might look like – long before they experience it. Morris has also shared his practical foresights across the global stage and international media outlets, and is recognised for his energy, depth-of-knowledge and foresight.

A hell-raiser to the core. Morris is known to hurl metaphorical hand-grenades into rooms to push companies to unshackle from legacy systems and stuck-in-the past thinking. He’s become a trusted authority worldwide through his devotion to industry-specific research. Morris is passionate about reaching deep inside a business and examining what lies at its core and through this lens, he’s able to make the impossible, seem possible.

Among futurists, he has a reputation for being the ‘real deal,’ which has earnt him a position in the Einstein 100 Genius (G100) community and a Fellowship with Griffith University.

What you’ll learn:

  • The future of the built environment and urban design

  • Opportunities for digital twin technology

  • How we can design more inclusive city spaces

  • The difference between reinventing vs reimagining public spaces

  • How you can adopt a futurist mindset


“What we need to do is not reinvent, but re-imagine what the spaces are. Who's going to be in them, what they're going to be used for and do them in such a way that they take care of us, not us of them”.

“My mantra is really simple: We do the best with what we can today, knowing what we have and tomorrow we'll do differently again. It doesn't mean it was bad today. It just means it's the best that we know to do at the moment.”

“We need to understand that the physical environment of course impacts on humans. It impacts on who we are, what we are and how we do our work”.

“One of the big changes is this humanistic viewpoint; that our architecture is moving towards this”.

“So this building that was once passive, that had no park in our lives, apart from being shelter and home now has an active place. It actually talks to us. It tells us about the outside environment. It does all kinds of things. That's it’s [new] role in life.”

“We all have a digital twin. It lives inside of our mobile phone. It's just not as sophisticated as it will be in five or 10 years, but it knows pretty much everything about you. “

“What we're moving into is this dynamic world where space is no longer fixed, where it's possible for a space to change its dynamics.”

“To me, the most important things are to be inquisitive. To be human-centric, always.

And to imagine audaciously about what a future might look like”.

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