Future visions

It is now widely understood that climate change is adversely affecting our planet and our lives, and in order to ensure our future we must take action immediately to prevent further climate deterioration. The consumption of resources beyond those that the planet can replenish provides a second, tensioning, imperative. These are the greatest challenges we, as a human race, currently face

And yet inaction prevails, in our policies, in our businesses and in our personal lives. Part of the problem is that we cannot clearly see where we are heading – that there is no clear vision of our low-carbon resource secure future and thus developing a roadmap to achieve it is impossible. Liveable Cities seeks to change this, by envisioning such a future, back casting from it to our lives today and developing the much-needed roadmap. 

Engineering of cities has traditionally adopted best practice derived from personally and vicariously garnered experience, using top-down approaches for engineering provision while taking only broad cognisance of the needs of society via collective governance. This approach to city engineering starts from the basis of the legacy from previous generations and either seeks to integrate new solutions or destroys the fabric locally and imposes them (canals, railways, roads, gas pipes, electricity cables, optical fibre cables provide examples). The economic model driving new development has in the past favoured the growth and development of cities with little regard to future potential scarcity of resources or environmental damage beyond the local or regional impacts. There is now a growing awareness that this should change, but the mechanisms to deliver change much beyond the incremental are not immediately apparent and there is a fear in the current global markets that any country instituting radical change will lose out financially, i.e. their global competitiveness will suffer, while the effects will be limited unless all countries change in the same manner and to the same degree. This is a recipe for inaction and deferment of the problems to the next generation, with some clinging to a hope that "technology will provide a solution". The research challenge is to detail the implementation of radical change that is socially and economically acceptable to all.

Research Theme Team

Nick Tyler Nick Tyler
Co-investigator UCL
Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper
Co-investigator Lancaster University
Brian Collins Brian Collins
Co-investigator UCL
Nick Dunn Nick Dunn
Co-investigator Lancaster University
No picture available Claire Coulton
Project Officer (Wellbeing and Future Visions) Lancaster University
No picture available Adriana Ortegon
Researcher UCL
Serena Pollastri Serena Pollastri
PhD Student Lancaster University

Expert Panellists

No picture available Thomas Bender
Design Council & CABE
No picture available Clive Crawford
Chadwick, Crawford Consultancy
No picture available Aksel Ersoy
University of Bristol
No picture available Andrew Kluth
Emperor
No picture available Rachel Lee
Living Streets
No picture available Richard Rees
Birmingham City Council
No picture available Rick Robinson
Amey PLC
No picture available John Wybor
GWP Architecture Ltd

Future Visioning Workshops - All the reports

Future Visioning Workshops - All the reports

The Future Visioning Workshops bring together and leading expert in various professional sectors 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.   The zip file contains the full collection of reports from...

Future Vision Workshop - Education (summary report download)

Future Vision Workshop - Education (summary report download)

The Future Visioning Workshop brings together experts in education to explore visions for life in 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. This is one of a number of sector specific events to establish...

Future Vision Workshop - IT Sector (summary report download)

Future Vision Workshop - IT Sector (summary report download)

The Future Visioning Workshop brings together leading experts from the IT sector to explore visions for 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. This is one of a number of sector specific events to...

Sharing is caring, but can it also build resilience?

Sharing is caring, but can it also build resilience?

Dr Christopher Boyko considers whether the urban fabric of cities can encourage us to share more, and in doing so, create a more resilient society…   The blog post may be found here: http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/sharing-is-caring-but-can-it-also-build-resilience/ ...

Summary Report from the Architects and Urbanists Future Visioning Workshop

Summary Report from the Architects and Urbanists Future Visioning Workshop

The Future Visioning Workshop brings together leading experts from the architecture and urbanism sectors to explore visions for architecture and urbanism in 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. This is one of a...

Summary Report from the Ageing Population Future Visioning Workshop

Summary Report from the Ageing Population Future Visioning Workshop

  The Future Visioning Workshop brings together leading experts in issues of ageing to explore visions of future cities designed with older people in mind. 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...

Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

Birmingham City Council creating 'bottom-up' natural captial plan using design methods

The Lancaster team went to Birmingham on 2 November to facilitate two workshops on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The Council is beginning the long process of developing a 25-year natural capital plan for the city, and wanted to involve...