Reading 2050 Public Lecture Series Launch

The Reading 2050 lecture series will create a platform not only to discuss and debate how Reading should evolve to a smarter and more sustainable future by 2050, but also to inform the continuing development of the vision and provide an important channel for public engagement. Reading-2050

The series starts from the premise that to understand the future of a place, the present and the past must also be understood. The series, hosted by the interdisciplinary School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading, is structured around three themes which underpin the Reading 2050 vision:

  • Place and Environment
  • People and Lifestyle
  • Economy and Employment.

The lecture series will start with eight lectures in the 'Place and Environment' theme:

  • 19 October 2017: Reading 2050 Vision
  • 2 November 2017: Reading's heritage and history
  • 16 November 2017: The future of energy in Reading
  • 30 November 2017: The future of transport and mobility in Reading
  • 14 December 2017: Climate change and flooding in Reading: current and future risks
  • 11 January 2018: Reading's 'Urban Room'
  • 25 January 2018: Reading: the 'Great Place' project
  • 8 February 2018: Reading art and culture: past, present and future.

Further lectures will follow in 2018 and 2019.

Professor Tim Dixon (School of the Built Environment) who helped lead the Reading 2050 project said: "This exciting new lecture series brings together speakers from the University, industry and the public sector to engage in debate about the future of Reading and the place it could be to live, work and play in the future. The lecture series, which will also examine the links between the past and present of Reading and its future, is a really important part of the continuing public engagement process for the Reading 2050 vision."

Professor Lorraine Farrelly (School of the Built Environment) said: "The University's new School of Architecture relates extremely well to the Reading 2050 project as we align our students' design briefs and research projects to the vision for Reading town centre and the region. This set of lectures also runs in parallel with our School of Architecture student-run public lecture series. We would like to invite the community of Reading into the University to be part of the conversation with our students and academic staff about the future design of the town."

Lecture Details

  • 18:00-19:00
  • Building L022 G01
    London Road campus
    University of Reading
    RG1 5AQ

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Reading 2050

The Reading 2050 project was established in 2013 by the University of Reading, Barton Willmore and Reading UK. The aim of the project is to deliver a strategic, long-term vision that will support Reading's growth and prosperity, ensuring we can deliver a legacy of a truly smart and sustainable city by 2050.

Over the last three years we have engaged with over 21,000 members of the professional and local community regarding Reading's future and where we could be by 2050. Through a series of workshops and sessions with a wide range of organisations and people from across Reading and the Thames Valley region we are developing an economically viable and evolving future vision for Reading in 2050 which links and informs Reading Borough Council's Local Plan.

The Reading 2050 Vision will be launched on 18th October 2017. Further details are at 

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