The aim of this year’s congress was to define the concept of social space and to find solutions to the challenges of future mobility strengthening human relationships and focusing on the local scale. In contrast to the private space, public space offers a platform for communication and sojourning, a market place and a stage for urban life. This way public space transforms into social space, in which mobility plays an important but not the decisive role. Videos and presentations, together with the International Charter for Walking, are available online.
This key national conference for asset management and maintenance housing professionals, which through inspiration from innovators and learning from pioneering landlords, aims to equip you with the skills you need to provide great homes and places to live in ways that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Presentations are available online.
This year’s CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) Summit aimed to: provoke debate and discussion about how to create better places in the future; draw on national and international examples; consider the opportunities and challenges of current policy. Presentations are available online.
Concerto is a European initiative that demonstrates the environmental, economic and social benefits of taking an integrated approach to sustainability projects, partnering technological solutions with community engagement. This event marked the end of the Lambeth Concerto Project. The conference aim was to show that only by coupling best practice in sustainable design and construction with community engagement can a truly low carbon community be created, and that this approach could be a key method of delivering the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets. The conference brought together professionals working in the sustainability sector to share experiences and best practice of what makes a successful eco-refurbishment project and how to build a low carbon community. The agenda for the day, the presentations from all the speakers are available online.
WELL-BEING 2011: The First International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being. Birmingham, 18-19 July 2011
This event,. hosted by Birmingham City University in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), set out to explore the current agenda relating to well-being, inviting a diverse audience drawn from different disciplines, sectors and organisations ranging from the environment, social, health, arts and humanities, including architects, landscape architects, health and community workers, Birmingham City Council, Dudley NHS, community and housing organisations, research councils, and universities. Papers are available online.
High Level Dialogue on the institutional framework for sustainable development. Solo, Indonesia, 19-21 July 2011
A high level dialogue on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development was organised by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Rio+20 Secretariat. The outcome of this dialogue will contribute to preparations for the Rio+20 Conference. The purpose of this dialogue was to have a frank and open high-level discussions on the options for strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development, with a view to progress towards formulating concrete proposals which could be taken up for consideration and possible adoption at Rio+20. Presentations are available online.
This site presents papers from a conference on management and innovation for a sustainable built environment, held in Amsterdam on 19-23 June 2011. Topics covered include: Building economics; organisation and management in construction; building research and education; culture in construction; recognising innovation; informality and emergence in construction; global construction data; management for sustainable design and construction; economics of the built environment; whole life cost-benefit-modelling; collaboration and integration in design and construction; socio-technical systems; innovation in construction: theories and best practice. The link provides an author index together with a search facility allowing you to search by author name or a word from the title or abstract.
RICS is seeking views on a ‘RICS Strategic Foresight 2030’ report produced by Professor John Ratcliffe FRICS. Built environment futurist Professor John Ratcliffe FRICS has produced the report ‘Just imagine!’ on the possible directions RICS can take to ensure its purpose and longevity as the global leading professional body in land, property and construction.
One year ahead of the start of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, Estates Gazette is marking the occasion with a special edition focusing on the legacy of major sporting events around the world. Featuring video, audio, an interactive map, images and articles from a team of correspondents around the world, this issue at the impact of major sporting events from London, Manchester and Glasgow to Beijing, Athens and Sydney. The iPad edition is the best way to view the content but non-iPad users will be able to access highlights as well in digital magazine form.
This case study demonstrates how Mole Valley is approaching a Bookham Village neighbourhood development plan. Council and community are working closely together, with the council helping with establishing a forum, providing evidence and information and going along to events.