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Thomas Ermacora


Thomas Ermacora is an award winning danish-Italian futurist, architect, technologist, author, and impact investor. Founder of the pioneering tactical urbanism charity Clear Village, the Limewharf cultural incubator and the Machines Room impact maker space in London, he advises and leads a range of neighborhood scale regeneration initiatives with his ‘recode’ design philosophy, helping accelerate places toward local resilience and restore community wellbeing.

Author of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures (Routledge 2016), a global survey of the potential of participatory placemaking that presents his theory on place capital for greater urban balance.

As an expert on the circular economy and open source processes his current emphasis is on how to harness the tools of the digital age, in particular the combination of AI, big data, machine learning, blockchain and next generation computing alternative urban welfare solutions.

Beyond his own ventures and productions, he is currently serving as the Resident Futurist of the Xprize Foundation and has been nominated as one of the contributors to the i7 G7 AI for good framework. Ermacora is a visiting scholar at MIT, a Clinton Global Initiative LEAD fellow advisor to Cities Rise, a Danfoss Sustainability Solutions Explorer, brainstrust member of the PPS UNHabitat Placemaking Forum, and advisor to the World Economic Forum ‘Shaping the Future of Urban Development and Services’ Initiative.

Ermacora’s works have been featured in numerous publications including Wired, Monocle and Dezeen and he is a regular contributor to various journals while he has spoken at over 100 venues including TEDx, Citylab, Monocle24, Techonomy, Singularity, Near Future and the UN General Assembly.