Future Cities mission highlights common themes in US success stories

Find out about the key learning points from the Future Cities Mission to three US cities The key learning points from the recent Future Cities Mission to the United States features on the Innovate UK website. The report by Richard Miller and myself looks at the key learning points from the mission to Chicago, San … Continue reading “Future Cities mission highlights common themes in US success stories”

Inspiring places: The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens

Cities account for the biggest share of energy consumption, CO2 emissions and environmental impact, half the world’s population already lives in cities, and the number of city dwellers is rapidly growing. Extensive research has been carried out by Siemens in order to help cities identify and understand new urban challenges and highlight workable solutions. The … Continue reading “Inspiring places: The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens”

New USA Smart Cities initiatives to tackle city challenges

In case you haven’t seen it, the White House has announced a number of big initiatives backed by Government funding to accelerate Smart City technologies and collaborative working. The announcement says that the programme will include: ‘More than $35 million in new grants and over $10 million in proposed investments to build a research infrastructure … Continue reading “New USA Smart Cities initiatives to tackle city challenges”

UK leading capabilities on sustainable urbanisation

The research project was primarily desk-based looking at a wide range of publications across the multiple sectors involved in urban development. I also held two expert group workshops involving representatives from industry (large companies and SMEs), academia, government and cities. The experts shared their perceptions on where the UK is truly leading. The report gives … Continue reading “UK leading capabilities on sustainable urbanisation”

Re-engineering the city 2020-2050 | urban foresight and transition management

The Retrofit 2050 project aims to deliver a step change in current knowledge and capacity for urban sustainability by illuminating challenging but realistic social and technical pathways for the systemic retrofitting of UK city-regions. 80% of the UK population lives in urban areas1 , making cities a hub for energy and resource consumption, and potential … Continue reading “Re-engineering the city 2020-2050 | urban foresight and transition management”