Transforming the
Engineering of
Cities for Global
and Societal
Wellbeing

Research Themes

Our ambition

To create an holistic, integrated, truly multi-disciplinary city analysis methodology, which uniquely integrates wellbeing indicators, is founded on an evidence base of trials of radical interventions in cities, and delivers the realistic and radical engineering solutions necessary to achieve our vision

Our vision

To transform the engineering of cities to deliver global and societal wellbeing within the context of low carbon living and resource security through developing realistic and radical engineering that demonstrates the concept of an alternative future.

 

 

 

 

Research Updates

The ‘art’ of urban design: does objectivity constrain imagination?

To be published in Urban Design and Planning themed issue: the ‘art’ of urban design

Christopher Boyko, Joanne Leach, Rachel Cooper and Chris Rogers are leading a paper that has been accepted for a 2014 special issue of the academic journal Urban Design and Planning.  This paper builds upon the work...

Third Bi-Annual Event Report, Presentations and Delegate List

We are pleased to make available the report, presentations and delegate list from the third bi-annual summit of the Liveable Cities programme (Smart versus Liveable).

You can​ download the following documents from this page: Event report Presentation: Introduction (delivered by Prof Chris Rogers) Presentation: Horizon Scanning (delivered by Prof Nick Tyler) Presentation: Wrap up (delivered...

Taking a closer look at the work of Liveable Cities

Taking a closer look at the work of Liveable Cities

A video presentation by Brian Collins

Professor Brian Collins takes a look at the work of the Liveable Cities project; what do we need to consider when engineering our cities of the future?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4LTutpeamI&feature=youtu.be

Policy and Governance Emerging Themes

Summary of a discussion from the Liveable Cities launch event held at the Royal Society,  7th December 2012 ...

Expert Panellist Report on Wellbeing & Aspirations

This brief report summarises a series of discussions between RC2: Wellbeing researchers and Expert Panellists, held between March and April 2013. The discussions related to three themes:   Aspirations Aspirations and cities Aspirations and low-carbon Measuring aspirations Managing aspirations   Current and future issues facing cities ...

Liveable Cities Informational Flyer

Liveable Cities Informational Flyer

A4 flyer briefly describing the ambition, vision, research and programme rationale. ...

Artificial Lighting and Low Carbon Cities

 Artificial Lighting and Low Carbon Cities

Artificial lighting has fundamentally changed the earth’s night-time environment, with implications for human wellbeing and low carbon living.

Much of this lighting is concentrated in cities, bringing a range of benefits and costs to urban populations.  Research by Jon Sadler and James Hale (University of Birmingham) is mapping artificial...

Second Bi-Annual Summit: Event Report and Presentations

We are pleased to make available the full report and presentations from the launch of the Liveable Cities programme (Measuring the Sustainable City Summit).

You can​ download the following documents from this page:

First Bi-Annual Summit: Burning Issues and Event Report

What are the burning issues, the top priorities and challenges, for creating 80% carbon reduced liveable cities?

On the 20 July 2012 the Liveable Cities team met with 20 urban design and development professionals and asked this very question.  Their responses are contained in this report.

City Analysis Framework development update

City Analysis Framework development update

The initial development of the City Analysis Framework is the primary activity in the project's first twelve months.  The first step is to understand what city analysis methodologies currently exist, what they cover and how they work.  Parallel to this is unpicking what we need to know to establish a...

Future Events

Urban Innovation Centre, 1 Sekforde St, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0BE

Date and timings: Wednesday 6th December 2017 1.00pm registration and lunch, 9.00pm event close   Venue: Auditorium Urban Innovation Centre 1 Sekforde...

Past Events

THIS SKYPE SESSION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED   Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 12: “Re-shaping Finance for Infrastructure...

Room G31, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (Y3 on Edgbaston Campus map), University of Birmigham

The University of Birmingham's Department of Civil Engineering is delighted to...

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 15: “Governance and the city: a new paradigm and modes...

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 14: “Re-thinking and reclaiming 'Citizens' for Future Cities” hosted by...

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 13: “Mobility as a Service – could this transform...