Stephen has worked on Smart Cities since the term was first invented. Stephen is founder and Director of Bristol Futures Global Ltd. – a leading UK Smart Cities consultancy. He acts as strategic Adviser on Smart Cities and Regions to the West of England Combined Authority and is a Fellow of the University of Bristol. Stephen is also a Trustee of the Bristol Architecture Centre. Stephen has a severe visual impairment, which gives him a unique and valuable outlook on the world.
The Digital histories of cities like Bristol shape the development of the place as much as global technology milestones. The “Rebooting the Digital City” study gathers-up Bristol Breadcrumbs, stories of significant, large and small building blocks, which have formed the Digital City beneath our feet. Where will the Bristol Breadcrumb trail lead next? The pandemic has created an opportunity to shift Digital Placemaking towards “the Edge” powering-up local Digital networks and communities. The study presents ideas under three headings, Edge Computing, Communities with an Edge and Keeping it Edgy. It explores the pros and cons of “re-localising the Internet” and what might happen if we were to say “Hey Bristol” or “Hey Filwood” instead of always calling on Siri or Alexa. The aim is to sketch a possible future direction for Bristol as a Digital City but also to highlight ways in which other cities and places might build their own Digital Placemaking stories.
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Articles by Stephen Hilton
28.10.20 Digital Placemaking
Reframing Digital Placemaking
Reframing Digital Placemaking - A conversation between the Fellows and Programme Director, Professor Jon Dovey, reflecting on the ideas and key themes to emerge from their work exploring the relationship between physical and digital places. Illustrations by Gary Embury