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

Smart Cities: Contradicting Definitions and Unclear Measures

Smart Cities: Contradicting Definitions and Unclear Measures

Open access paper in the Proceedings of the 4th World Sustainability Forum, by Marianna Cavada, Chris D.F. Rogers and Dexter V.L. Hunt.

Cities are contemporary metropolises that concentrate human and social activity; engineered to support and develop the physical environment and the people within it, Smart cities, we are led to...

What Makes a City Liveable? Implications for Next-Generation Infrastructure Services

What Makes a City Liveable? Implications for Next-Generation Infrastructure Services

Infrastructure forms the framework within which modern societies operate both at the physical and social level. It includes (amongst others) digital, green and social infrastructures, emergency services and food networks, water, energy, waste and transport. Infrastructure, by its very nature, locks in behaviours. The Liveable Cities research consortium aims to...

What Makes a City Liveable? Implications For Next-Generation Infrastructure Services

What Makes a City Liveable? Implications For Next-Generation Infrastructure Services

Open access paper in the Proceedings of the International Symposia for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) 2013 Conference, by Joanne M. Leach, Susan E. Lee, Peter A. Braithwaite, Christopher J. Bouch, Nick Grayson and Christoper D.F. Rogers.

Infrastructure forms the framework within which modern societies operate both at the physical and social...

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Planners, architects, urban designers and other built environment professionals engage with a myriad of checkboxes, guidelines, requirements and specifications, all of which potentially compromise creativity and innovation in urban design. Approaches that measure performance are accused of belying the nature of places as messy, plural, organic, accidental and emotive; trying...

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

New paper published in Proceedings of the ICE: Urban Design and Planning, by Joanne M. Leach, Christopher T. Boyko, Rachel F.D. Cooper, Anna Woodeson, Jim Eyre and Christopher D.F. Rogers.

Planners, architects, urban designers and other built environment professionals engage with a myriad of checkboxes, guidelines, requirements and specifications, all of...

LC News 22nd October 2014

The latest edition of LC News is now available

If you have any news, articles, events, papers or items of interest that you wish to see included in future issues, please forward them to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) for consideration.   You can also join the LC News mailing list by contacting Joanne...

Future Visioning Workshop - Transport and Utilities Sector - Summary Report

Future Visioning Workshop - Transport and Utilities Sector - Summary Report

The Future Visioning Workshop brings together and leading expert in transport and utilities to explore visions of sustainable, liveable future cities. Through a combination of hands-on activities and open discussion, this 2-hour workshop enables deep, creating thinking in a short time. This is one of a number of sector specific events...

LC News 25th September 2014

The latest edition of LC News is now available

If you have any news, articles, events, papers or items of interest that you wish to see included in future issues, please forward them to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) for consideration.   You can also join the LC News mailing list by contacting Joanne...

Some reports from the Future Visioning Workshops

Some reports from the Future Visioning Workshops

The Future Visioning Workshop series brings together leading experts from different sectors to explore visions of the future in cities. Through a combination of hands-on activities and open discussion, this 2-hour workshop enables deep, creating thinking in a short time. The aim of these sector specific events is to establish visions...

Professor Brian Collins Elected to Trustee Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy’s Fellowship Elected 10 Members to its Newly Formed Trustee Board

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 September 2014, the Royal Academy of Engineering announced the members of its new Trustee Board. The Trustee Board of 13 Fellows was formed as part of the implementation of a...

Future 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...

Past Events

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...

Skype

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 11: “Can we use school meals to raise a...

After a hiatus Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions is ready to return with what will hopefully be another successful series of Skype Sessions. To...