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Smart cities: towards a new citizenship regime?

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

Smart city policies and discourses have been criticised for being too technology-oriented, with not enough focus on citizenship. This research article, published in the Journal of Urban Technology (open access), analyses the role of the citizen as propagated in the new smart city standards of the British Standards Institution (BSI). It finds that while there is a strong emphasis on citizens as actors in smart city initiatives, the way their role is envisioned carries some shortcomings and contradictions.

Powering Cities in the Global South

By Robert Lyons on 4th October 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by the World Resource Institute (WRI) highlights fundamental energy challenges facing cities in the global South and offers practical solutions for how cities can meet the needs of the underserved city dwellers while charting development models that slow carbon emissions.

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Sustainable Models: From Sharing to Circular Economy

By Robert Lyons on 20th September 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30

London

Architecture and design, as much as any other discipline within the creative industries and beyond, is affected by new economic models – from the sharing or gig economy to the circular economy. Different economic models can often bring about a new approach to delivering projects, as well as opportunities for innovation and growth. This talk will examine how architecture can explore new economic models as well as shape alternative economic frameworks that will help deliver better, more efficient and innovative design projects.

Sustainability - Where are we now?

By Robert Lyons on 30th August 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 09:00 to 13:00

London

This RIBA Journal event at The Building Centre aims to reappraise the concept of sustainability, discuss what sustainability means now, debate whether current regulations are outdated and ponder what, if anything, is now driving the green policy agenda in the built environment.

Energy bills could be cut by more than 60 percent - saving the average household over £600 a year - if homes were designed to generate, store and release their own solar energy, a report has revealed. The concept has already been proven and is operating successfully on a building in the UK.

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A new paper for Nature Scientific Reports arguest that while diesel-engined vehicles are currently a major source of particulate pollution, modern diesel vehicles actually produce lower levels of such emissions than petrol-engined cars. Whether gasoline or diesel cars are more polluting depends on the pollutant in question - in other words, that diesel cars are not necessarily worse polluters than gasoline cars.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 17:30 to 21:00

London

More than half of the 7.5 billion people on the planet now live in cities. Air pollution, overburdened infrastructure, biodiversity loss, and climate change currently threaten sustainable urban growth. How can we meet the needs of growing urban populations without sacrificing the natural environment and future sustainability?

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This report for Nature Climate Change is a quantitative assessment of the economic costs of the joint impacts of local and global climate change for all main cities around the world. Cost–benefit analyses are presented of urban heat island mitigation options, including green and cool roofs and cool pavements. It is shown that local actions can be a climate risk-reduction instrument.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 13:30 to 17:30

London

This briefing sets out why the scale of the air pollution problem in the UK requires a bolder and more holistic approach, which involves moving away from diesel vehicles (in favour of petrol and, ultimately, hybrid and electric alternatives), as well as a shift from private car ownership to car sharing schemes, public transport, walking and cycling. Not only could these shifts save thousands of lives, they could also drive improvements in two of the government’s other transport objectives: a reduction in congestion, and a reduction in road-based CO2 emissions.

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