This guidance provides further explanation of the legislative framework for the Community Right to Challenge contained in Part 5, Chapter 2 of the Localism Act 2011.
In this paper, which launched the 9th Brunel Lecture Series, Jo Da Silva, Director International Development at Arup, proposes that it is time for civil engineers to cease practising ‘the art of directing the great sources of power in Nature for the use and convenience of mankind’. Instead we should acknowledge the fundamental role we have to play in reducing the vulnerability of mankind. Whilst recent disasters have emphasised the limitations of international response. A new approach is required which prioritises creating resilient communities which are able to respond and adapt to changing circumstances and unexpected catastrophes. A video of the lecture is also online.
This event provided an opportunity to discuss the latest practice and research in building services. Papers, presentations and posters are available online.
The Trees and Design Action Group has published a guide which offers 12 action-oriented principles spanning the range of planning, design, works and management issues that must be addressed for maximum economic, social and environmental returns from trees in the townscape. Each principle is supported by explanations of benefits and delivery mechanisms, as well as references for further reading. 34 case studies provide real-life examples of the principles in action, giving insight into best practice from all over England including Bristol, Birmingham, Plymouth, Torbay, Sefton, Oxford, Leeds, Newcastle, Islington and Hackney as well as from further afield including the USA and Hong Kong.
Urban Practice Guide: The do’s and don’ts of sustainable urban mobility policy in a peer to peer practitioners approach
The European Metropolitan Network Institute has published a guide which is designed to help the urban professional get a better insight into how other cities develop and implement policy measures and interventions with regard to urban sustainable mobility. In this guide, cities themselves talk about the measures and interventions they have taken in the field of sustainable urban mobility; what went right, what went wrong, and most importantly, what advice do they have for other cities thinking about similar projects. In the guide, the practices have been grouped into different categories: measures and interventions linked to ‘regulation and pricing’, ‘influencing lifestyle and behaviour’ and ‘urban space’. The guide also contains a section that is devoted to how cities can make best use of technological opportunities. To order a copy send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address and mentioning the number of copies you would like to order. The price per guide is € 9,95 (incl. delivery costs within Europe).
In the spring of 2012, ICLEI ( local governments for sustainability) and EMI (European Metropolitan network Institute) launched a joint survey on urban sustainability. The survey was sent to city officials and policymakers across Europe and is part of EMI’s Knowledge and Research Agenda on Urban Sustainability looking into research needs when it comes to stimulating urban sustainability. The survey addressed issues such as cities’ understanding of the concept, their ambitions concerning sustainability as well as goals on this theme of the European Union. Another important aim was to identify the needs of European cities relating to the further implementation of urban sustainability goals.
This guide from the Planning Advisory Service which aims to help ward councillors: understand the basics of neighbourhood planning think about what this means for their community, and think about their role as a ward councillor.
CIVITAS VANGUARD, CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES and the CIVITAS thematic group ‘Less car intensive lifestyles’ held their second WEBINAR: provisions for cyclists regarding infrastructural and promotional aspects. During this webinar measures to create ideal conditions for cycling infrastructure and promotional campaigns were presented. Presentations and a video of the webinar are available online.
This publication focuses on the evolutions in tourism demand in the European Union in 2011, namely on the trips made by EU residents. It also takes a look at the evolution of the number of nights spent in hotels and similar establishments. The number of holiday trips made by EU27 residents remained stable between 2008 and 2011, while the number of business trips fell by 11%.
As part of the 2012 Learning Legacy, the Institution of Civil Engineers worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to deliver a UK-wide lecture programme. The topics covered include: master planning, land treatment, venues, bridges, structures, water use management, and transport. Videos of the following lectures are available:
Launch event: ODA Learning Legacy – Lessons Learned
Launch of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Learning Legacy and panel discussion on the lessons learned from the London 2012 construction project.
Establishment of the Olympic Project: winning the bid, shaping the vision and master planning
Hear from those that led the complex design and planning process to ensure buildings and infrastructure were designed to meet long-term regeneration ambitions as well as the unique technical requirements for the games.
Engineering the Olympic Park: Contaminated land treatment and invasive species control
Prior to 2005 the Olympic Park site in east London was heavily polluted and divided by pylons and railways. The preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games required environmental improvement on a huge scale.
Delivering London 2012: the Aquatics Centre
The Aquatics Centre London 2012 is an iconic venue designed by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid.
Engineering the Olympic Park: Water use minimisation and management
The lecture looks at the use of modern techniques to reduce the use of water across the site and successfully manage the resource.
Engineering the Olympic Stadium
Hear from those who led the design and delivery of the Olympic Stadium. An innovative use of permanent and temporary forms was developed to meet the 80,000 Olympic capacity and 25,000 legacy capacity, with the final structuring consisting of a permanent sunken concrete bowl and a removable upper seating tier.