Megacity Survival 2050,
Commissioned by Guerilla Science + Royal Engineering Society,
public engagement grant from the Royal Engineering Society
A project that explored the future of urban spaces by empowering young people to envision speculative future scenarios and use engineering to design solutions for challenges around urbanisation and climate change.
I was commissioned to develop and facilitate a participatory workshop which was rolled out across two schools based in Peckham, and took place via online platforms due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The intentions of the workshops were to:
- challenge the traditional image of engineering and inspire greater diversity within the field, opening pathways for more women, people from minority ethnic communities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider a future in engineering
- celebrate the breadth and influence of engineering, how it has shaped the world around us, and the innovations being developed for the future
See below a link to one of the outcomes, and my process story of designing the workshop
My intention behind the workshop was to provide participants with an experience-based window into the world of engineering. I began the workshop design by interviewing 8 engineers working in different sectors; 4 above ground and 4 below ground. I conducted 1-1 interviews with the engineers, so that I could gain a deeper understanding of the day-to-day skills and situations engineers experience at work. I then mapped and synthesized our conversations to source common themes which fed directly into the design of the workshop content.
“I learnt that the world and our lives can be different”
The premise of the workshop led participants through different engineering stages of designing a fictional district in a megacity.
The overarching framework for the workshop series meant each workshop outcome linked together to make a Megacity.
I set the workshop in a speculative future, giving the participants roles of high influence in their city’s development.
To engage an expansive thinking, I gave participants fictional engineering roles, which I created using a random-word generative software using articles about the future of Megacities. These roles then opened up a playful nature to the workshop, to engage more complex thinking.