This event, organised by RICS India, aimed to share knowledge from other global cities who have already undergone or are planning for sustainable growth. The e vent considered: funding and financing for new and retrofitted infrastructure, which includes developer tariffs and private finance initiatives/public private partnerships; developing and attracting sufficient built environment expertise to plan and deliver the infrastructure through a thriving community of built environment professionals; and the costs of planning and delivering infrastructure need to be benchmarked against competitor cities to lower the infrastructure delivery costs. Presentations are available online.
The Summit programme was organised around six interconnecting themes that explore leading edge research and showcase practical solutions that contribute to the development and management of ecocities. All speakers presented lessons from their specific area of expertise and explained how their work relates to the broad range of issues that are integrally related in the ecocity concept. Special crosscutting panels focused on the interconnections between several themes to offer a holistic view of Ecocity principles. Examples include: design of living buildings in sustainable communities; new technology for eco-infrastructure such as waste to energy facilities; planning solutions for ecomobility; economic strategies to sustain ecocities; and citizen commitment and empowerment. Abstracts of all oral presentations are available online. Content from all presentation sessions was captured in audio or video format. Details will be provided soon regarding how to access these recordings. Individual presenters’ powerpoint and slide presentations are not available through the conference web site. However, a post-conference edited volume is being compiled with presenters at the Summit being invited to present papers for consideration in a book on ecocities.
Urban morphology and the post-carbon city: 18th International Seminar on Urban Form. Montreal, 26-29 August, 2011
The International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF) is the international organisation of urban form for researchers and practitioners. It was inaugurated in 1994, bringing together urban morphologists worldwide. It seeks to advance research and practice in fields concerned with the built environment. The 18th International Seminar aimed to explore the contributions of urban morphology to current debates on cities and key environmental challenges of our times. The event considered: urban morphological theory; urban morphology, planning and design; case studies of urban form around the globe; and urban morphology with regard to climate or climate change,urban mega-projects, transportation, brownfield redevelopment, walkability, health impacts, automobile suburbs, urban heritage, and the pre-carbon city. Other issues covered included: geospatial technology in urban morphology; urban form and environmental performance; and typological research and design. Over 50 full text versions of papers presented at the event are available online.
The Liveable Cities Forum provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of urban biodiversity conservation, and a platform to explore biodiversity management and its application at the local level. Presentations, videos and a summary of the event are available online.
International tourism in London 2010: Results for London from the International Passenger Survey 2010
The Office for National Statistics has released ‘Travel Trends’ outlining results from the International Passenger Survey 2010. This summary document presents a brief analysis of volume and value statistics from this latest annual release on international tourism data for London covering 2010.
Residential REITs are highly popular and successful in other countries, so why are there none in the UK despite the fact that the market capitalisation of UK commercial REITs is £28.2 billion? This new Urban Land Institute (ULI) InfoBurst report reveals the reasons why residential REITs have not enjoyed the same level of success as the commercial sector in the UK and identifies the barriers that have prevented the sector from developing. The report examines four areas in detail: UK REIT legislative structure; Investment distinctions in commercial and residential markets; Primary barriers to residential REITS; and the future for residential REITS in the UK.
The Urban Land Institute Urban Investment Network report profiles Hamburg, Barcelona, Edinburgh and London, four cities that in different ways have evolved their brands to achieve differentiation and distinctiveness within their domestic and international markets. The report also identifies ten key principles for successful city branding.
The London Climate Change Partnership has produced this document as a tool to aid health and social care commissioners and providers as they begin to design and shape their services in the new delivery landscape.
A new resource for all those interested in learning more about the use of BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes within planning requirements is now available. A dedicated area of the BREEAM website provides guidance on writing BREEAM and the CSH into planning conditions. It also outlines the kind of support available to local planning authorities.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a series of “Issues Briefs” on the environmental dimension of the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD), one of the themes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The series aims to assist stakeholders in understanding the main concerns regarding the environmental pillar of IFSD by synthesizing information in a coherent manner. According to UNEP, the briefs aim to be informative and non-prescriptive, and address information and knowledge gaps. To date, UNEP has released issues briefs on: the importance of the environmental pillar to IFSD; fragmentation of the environmental pillar and its impact on efficiency and effectiveness; country responsiveness and implementation and capacity support for the environmental pillar of IFSD; and legal questions and answers on proposed reforms such as establishing a World Environment Organization or a UN Environment Organization. UNEP intends to release additional Issues Briefs on a regular basis in the remaining time leading up to the UNCSD.