New research-led books published

Sustainable futures in property and construction: four new research-led books published

One of the distinctive features of the School of the Built Environment is that we work across scales, from buildings to neighbourhoods to cities, with the aim of making the built environment work better for society. Our work draws on architecture, design, science and engineering, social science and management. It addresses the intersection of the physical, biological, social and cultural environments that affect people's lives, including quality of life, sustainability of communities, wealth generation and long-term resilience.

Drawing on research within the School, and with contributions from experts from within and outside the University of Reading, this winter sees the publication of four new research-led books focusing on different scales and aspects of sustainable futures in property and


Tim Dixon's work with University of Cardiff and other EPSRC Retrofit 2050 partners has led to a new book, Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow's World (Wiley-Blackwell). The culmination of a four-year collaborative research project undertaken by leading UK universities, in partnership with city authorities, prominent architecture firms, and major international consultants, Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow's World explores the theoretical and practical aspects of the transition towards sustainability in the built environment that will occur in the years ahead. The emphasis throughout is on emerging systems innovations and bold new ways of imagining and re-imagining urban retrofitting, set within the context of 'futures-based' thinking.


John Connaughton and Stuart Green have also co-edited a new boobook-cover-2-resizedk with Tim Dixon entitled Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment to 2050: A Foresight Approach to Construction and Development (Wiley-Blackwell). This book focuses on both construction and development issues, and examines how we can transition to a sustainable future by the year 2050, bringing together leading research and practice at building, neighbourhood, and city levels. It analyses how emerging socio-economic, technological, and environmental trends will influence the built environment of the future. The book (with contributions from other colleagues in the School of the Built Environment, including Lorraine Farrelly, Will Hughes, Li Shao, Stefan Smith, Ian Ewart and Graeme Larsen) covers a broad spectrum of interests across the scales of buildings, communities and cities, including how professional practice will need to adapt to these trends. The broader context is provided by an analysis of emergent business models and the changing requirements for expert advice from clients.



Tim Dixon has also collaborated with UK and international editors from Australia and USA in the new Handbook of Sustainable Real Estate (Routledge). With the built environment contributing almost half of global greenhouse emissions, there is a pressing need for the property and real estate discipline to thoroughly investigate sustainability concerns. The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Real Estate brings together the latest research of leading academics globally, demonstrating the nature and extent of these impacts as well as suggesting the most effective means of mitigating climate change impact and building resilience to future shocks.



Finally, Derek Clement-Croome's new book, Creating the Productive Workpbook-cover-4-resizedlace: Places to Work Creatively, 3rd Edition (Routledge), with 28 chapters by 55 international contributors from practice and academia, explores (through workplace design) how we can help create a world in which health, wellbeing and happiness are integral in our planning, design and management thinking. The book shows how we need to balance the needs of people and the ever-increasing enabling technologies but also to take advantage of the healing powers of nature and let them be part of environmental design. This book aims to lead to more human-centred ways of designing the built environment with deeper meaning and achieve healthier and more creative, as well as more productive places to work.

Read more about how research is creating a sustainable built environment for tomorrow's world. 

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