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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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3 ways to build cities that withstand earthquakes and superstorms

Posted on: 31 January 2013
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The author argues that making our cities resilient to climate change means a shift away from the lowest-bid mentality and toward a model of shared risk.

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Cancellation of the InterCity West Coast franchise competition

Posted on: 31 January 2013
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Following the cancellation of the competition to award the InterCity West Coast franchise because of the discovery of “significant technical flaws” in the way in which the procurement was conducted, the House of Commons Select Committee on Transport has published a report which identifies the underlying causes of the failure to communicate accurate and honest information to Ministers and senior management, inappropriate official interventions and errors in the calculation of Subordinated Loan Facilities. The Committee also sets out the actions the Department needs to take to demonstrate that these issues have been adequately addressed.

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Would a new hub airport be commercially viable?

Posted on: 30 January 2013
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Under most scenarios, expected revenues from a new hub airport for London would be less than the expected costs of construction, and the development of such a facility would not be commercially viable without substantial support from the taxpayer, according to new research conducted by economic consultancy Oxera for the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

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Transport management (Thematic Research Summary)

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This Thematic Research Summary (TRS) has been produced as a part of the activities of the Transport Research and Innovation Portal (TRIP) project. The purpose of TRIP is to collect, structure, analyse and disseminate the results of EU-supported transport research and research financed nationally in the European Research Area and selected global research programmes. The Thematic Research Summaries provide a structured guide to the results of research projects carried out mainly at EU level, either as part of a framework programme or as a study commissioned by the European Commission. These summaries are intended for policy makers at European, national and local levels, stakeholders and researchers. This TRS presents an overview of EU-funded research on traffic and transport management for all modes, covering both freight and passenger transport. The scope of the topic includes influencing the way in which existing transport systems and infrastructure are used and new approaches to the management and control of traffic.

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Time to listen: hearing people on the receiving end of international aid. London, 15 January 2013

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Humanitarian actors have long been concerned to ensure that the voices of affected populations are heard, and there has been a recent increase in initiatives designed to increase communication with, and accountability to, the recipients of international humanitarian assistance. Perhaps the most comprehensive attempt to date to understand the opinions and perspectives of disaster-affected populations has been undertaken by ALNAP Member CDA Collaborative Learning Projects.  Between 2005 and 2009, CDA’s Listening Project held thousands of conversations with aid recipients, government and civil society representatives and aid workers in 20 aid receiving countries. The core themes that emerged from these conversations have now been collected in CDA’s new book Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid. The ODI organised an event where the authors of the book outlined the main issues identified by the 6,000 people with whom they spoke: what works in humanitarian assistance, and what needs to change. The presentation was followed by an open discussion. Videos of the event are available online.

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Modus

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The most recent issue of the RICS journal Modus (December 2012/January 2013) takes a closer look cutting-edge virtual technologies in surveying and celebrate the new frontiers that they are creating. Includes an article which reports on the use of BIM in three very different projects.

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Count us in: Approaches to engaging households with their energy use

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The National Housing Federation has published its review of behaviour change and engagement research and practice. The report profiles the work housing associations are carrying out across England to help tenants cut their energy use and sets out key findings from recent academic research.

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101 rules of thumb for low energy architecture

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This book encourages the designer to think clearly and intuitively about the fundamentals of low energy buildings. With reliable, simple rules of thumb that will provide new ideas and refresh the designer’s palette, each page focuses on a single piece of advice or guidance along with a clear hand-drawn illustration, while there are also plenty of tips and more detailed information for those who wish to dig deeper. The emphasis is on passive low-energy principles, and the rules of thumb cover all the design fundamentals from site and location to orientation and form, peppered with some which will help the designer to think ‘outside the box’ about the design process itself. The information is applicable throughout the world in any climate region. Price £17.99

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Global challenges in construction industry. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28-30 June 2012

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The main theme of the World Construction Symposium was global challenges in the construction industry. Themes covered in the conference were: project financing and risk management; construction in developing countries; sustainability and energy management; procurement and integrated project delivery; stakeholder management in construction; multinational construction and practices; construction quality and productivity; construction research and education; and law and dispute resolution. A volume of proceedings is available online.

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38th International Symposium on Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings. Edinburgh, 27-28 August 2012

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Proceedings are available from the above  event, containing 51 papers reflecting current research on the following areas: hot and cold water supply and demand; above ground and roof drainage; rainwater and waste water re-use; public health engineering; sanitary appliance provision; and codes and standards.

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