Future Perfect? Smart and Sustainable Cities

Future Perfect Smart and Sustainable CitiesDuring May 2014 the School of Construction Management and Engineering is involved in convening two major smart and sustainable city events. This is a growing area of interest in the University, and in the School, with a range of city scale research projects already completed or underway within the Sustainability in the Built Environment (SustBE) programme.

On Tuesday 6 May Sir David Bell KCB, Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading and Michael Sippitt, Chairman, Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform and Clarkslegal LLP, will be hosting the smart and sustainable cities symposium and reception. The event will explore how we can create smart and sustainable urban visions, how can we provide transferable technology and knowledge solutions from the UK to the Commonwealth and how universities, business and the public sector should work together. We are delighted to announce the keynote presentation will be delivered by Sir David King, Chair of the Future Cities Catapult Board and The Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change. Other speakers include:

  • City visions and urban innovation - Professor Tim Dixon, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading
  • How could a city be smart and sustainable? Tim Curtis, Ricardo AEA
  • Urban microclimates - how lessons from the developed world can be applied in the developing world - Professor Janet Barlow, University of Reading
  • Working with cities - Euan Burns, Carillion plc

Click here to see the Sustainable Cities symposium brochure

This event is free to attend but places are limited. If you are interested in attending, please email contact@theceip.com or call 0118 958 5321. Further information.


On 13 May, the School is hosting a major workshop to scope out a Reading Future 2050 vision. Reading Future 2050 is an initiative which has been adopted by Reading UK CIC, the economic development company for Reading and led by its partners, Barton Willmore, and the University of Reading, along with the local development industry. Sponsored by the Walker Institute at the University of Reading and Reading UK CIC, the workshop will examine two key elements within a Reading Future 2050 vision:

Physical Infrastructure, Growth and Development: This focuses on the physical changes we could drive within the town to support this vision, both in the short, medium and long term. Group work will look at specific key sites, connectivity, place and leisure and retail to assess and discuss what interventions would provide the maximum gain and support for the broader vision.

Environment, Economy and Lifestyle: We have a view of what low carbon living could be in 2050, but how do we get there? Could the future be both smart and sustainable, and if so, how? How will Reading look and how will people live? What are the changes in technologies, lifestyle and governance systems that are needed to support smart and sustainable living?

Professor Tim Dixon (School of Construction Management and Engineering) and Stephen Tucker (Barton Willmore) will be facilitating the Reading Future 2050 workshop.

For further information on this workshop please contact Tim Dixon (t.j.dixon@reading.ac.uk) or Jenni Montgomery (jenni.montgomery@bartonwillmore.co.uk). For further information on the project: Reading 2050 Project

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