For the first time in history humankind is simultaneously blessed and cursed by the twin wonders of increasingly perfect connectivity and mass mobility. This seeming irresistible technological pair attracts by inviting participation in ever more sophisticated ‘global villages’ of community, shared interests, and global organisations. At the same time the erosion of the unique sense of place that these technologies allow and create emotionally repels us. We desire both somewhere and nowhere. This talk will explore an axis between our paradoxical desire for the emotional richness of somewhere and out technological pursuit of nowhere.

Steven Smith is an architect with over thirty years professional experience, practicing as an architect and urbanist working on a diverse, international portfolio of projects.

Steve’s urbanism arises out of a fascination with the way cities are transforming in response to technological innovation, global migrations of people and finance and the urgent imperative to find ways to dwell within ecological limits.

urban narrative works with clients to create the narrative and design language for new urban places through research, interactive design, events and enriched conversation.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at