Sustainability conferences and workshops

Climate Change Adaptation: The Science, Political Processes and Some Preliminary Findings
17 March 2009 (1400-1700) Wolfson House, Haldane LT, University College London, 4 Stephenson Way

A symposium organised by the UCL Development Planning Unit and Environment Institute.

Digital Cities: Virtual Tools for creating our Built Environment
Thursday 15 January 2009
The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

This one-day conference provides a review of the current research and practice in four themed sessions – mapping, planning, design and communications.
Speakers include Sir Terry Farrell and representatives from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Microsoft, GMJ Design, University of East London, Space Syntax, Proboscis, Intelligent Space/Atkins, Aedas, BT Innovation, Cityware/University of Bath and Smartslab.

Confronting climate change: incentives for innovation and dissemination
26 November 2008
Grantham Institute for Climate Change, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London

Professor Henry Claude, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris & Columbia University presents a seminar on confronting climate change.

Urban Greening – Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings and Districts
03 November 2008
University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen and the City of Copenhagen are hosting a series of conferences on carbon neutral buildings and city districts.
This first conference will shed light on experiences, problems and barriers and promote discussions about what we understand by carbon neutral buildings and city districts. The outcome will be 10 concrete proposals on how to promote carbon neutral buildings and city districts in the future.

UrbanBuzz Rethinking Sustainability
13 November 2008
The Building Centre, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

The seminar showcased the latest urban and environmental research at UCL contributing towards the building of sustainable cities and communities.  Topics discussed included urban infrastructure and planning, water and sanitation, adaptive capacity to climate change and ecological design.

Creative Resource Seminar
23 September 2008
The Building Centre, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

This seminar took participants through the process of developing products with recycled materials.

Creative Resource Exhibition (free entry)
16 July – 29 September 2008
The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

This exhibition brought together products from around the world that show the creative potential of materials made from the things we used to throw away.

The exhibition was part of a lively debate about sustainable development and drew on the experiences of designers, manufacturers and people with a broad awareness of sustainable issues to suggest several routes through the complex field of sustainable design by exploring the creative and economic potential of recycled materials.

Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America (talk)
8 July 2008, Imperial College London

Marilyn Brown, Professor of Energy Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, presented the findings of research analysing metropolitan carbon footprints in the United States.  The report recommends a range of innovative policies and strategies to assist metropolitan areas shrink their carbon footprints.

Dongtan: A pioneering eco-city (talk)
3 July 2008, London Transport Museum.

As part of the London Festival of Architecture – Urban Development: past, present & future (20 June-20 July) Malcolm Smith, Director of Arup’s Integrated Urbanism team, presented his pioneering work on Shanghai eco-city Dongtan.

Sustainability in the Urban Environment (workshop)
2 July 2008, 1 Great George Street, London

This London Technology Network event highlighted the latest advancements in environmental technologies, from innovations in sustainable transport to water recycling and hydrogen fuel cells.

Eco-Cities, Entrepreneurship and the Zero Emission Challenge (talk)
24 June 2008, Imperial College London
Design London – STIR Lecture series

Alejandro Gutierrez leader of the master planning of four major eco-cities across China and other international projects. Nick Leon, Director of Design London and founding member of Ecocit. Moderated by the BBC News Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

In this lecture Alejandro Gutierrez and Nick Leon imparted their wisdom on how global city projects such as Dongtan are designing ecological responsibility into urban regeneration and innovation.