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Smart Cities & Communities: Shaping the Future

By Editor on 24th February 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 08:30 to 16:30


This one-day event, being held at Manchester Conference Centre, explores new advances in technology, such as the expansion of the Internet of Things, which are enabling cities to make an important progress on open data, delivering innovation, and therefore enhancing the lives of citizens.  It will look at what governments can do to help achieve the potential value of technologies in their cities and communities.

New MSc in Future Cities at University of Northumbria

By Editor on 24th February 2016
Found in: News

Stalled Spaces Glasgow

By Editor on 10th February 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

‘Stalled Spaces’ is a community-led city-wide project initiated by Glasgow City Council in partnership with Glasgow Housing Association that focuses on the temporary use of vacant land, under-utilised open space and sites earmarked for development though stalled, to deliver a range of initiatives that promote health and wellbeing.  

Derwenthorpe is being developed as an urban extension of over 500 new homes in York to provide a socially and environmentally sustainable community.  The vision was to offer “a potential blueprint for family living in a truly sustainable community ‘fit for the twenty-first century’” (Derwenthorpe Business Plan, 2009).

Scottish Canals is responsible for a 137-mile network of canals, together with fixed assets such as bridges, locks, buildings and water supply reservoirs, and the diverse range of the organisation’s work means it is potentially subject to more than 130 pieces of environmental legislation.  In order to respond to emerging environmental challenges, reduce the environmental impact of resource use and enhance the environment, Scottish Canals has drawn up its first Environment Strategy.  This assesses Scottish Canals’ current performance in 10 key environmental areas and identifies ways in which

International Symposium on Urban Living Labs

By Editor on 27th January 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:30 to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 16:00

Newcastle University

Urban living labs provide an environment for researchers and users to co-create learning, innovation, sustainable behaviours and resilient agency through real-world urban observation, research and full scale experimentation. This International Symposium will bring together urban living labs from around the world to share practical and scientific experiences.

A new Policy Note from the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University provides a brief overview of how natural engineering approaches to flood management work and why they are effective.

Healthy Buildings: The Role of Products

By Editor on 13th January 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 13:30 to 17:30

UCL, London

In the aftermath of storm Desmond, this report by Climate Outreach (formerly COIN) can be seen as being of particular relevance.

Three linked technical reports recently published by the European Environment Agency look at resource efficiency issues in urban areas.  They analyse the challenges faced by cities and some solutions developed to meet these, including governance and finding ways of engaging society in the decision-making process.

Urban sustainability issues – what is a resource efficient city? introduces the concept of urban metabolism, the circular model and the role of compactness in urban resource efficiency