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Sustainable Resources Conference
Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities
from GCSC & Institute for Sustainable Resources
9.00 5th November to 12.00 6th November 2013
Cities or, more broadly, urban areas - densely packed, complex, built systems - are home to over half the of world’s population. With this trend of increasing urbanisation worldwide, urban sustainability has been identified as a key area of societal relevance, an area in which a solid research base can inform policy and practice.
The Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities (GCSC) exists to initiate and support cross-disciplinary research into urban sustainability. Sustainability in the urban context is inextricably linked to resource flows. Among the minimum requirements for a city’s population are housing, food, safe water, waste disposal, and energy for heating and cooling.
Cities must draw on global resource networks to provide the raw materials to build new infrastructure, maintain current systems and retrofit existing buildings. Cities also generally rely on a ‘hinterland’ to supply the energy, food, water and other resources they require. Sustainable cities rely on the sustainable provision and use of resources, and this reliance provides a clear link between GCSC and the work of the Institute for Sustainable Resources.
The symposium specifically looked to address the challenges around provision of resources for growing urban populations, with regard to the physical built environment, infrastructure, transport and water. It aimed to address the question of how cities can continue to meet their present needs without compromising the future of the city, the region or the planet.
In addition to the symposium itself, a number of activities were funded to further research into sustainable cities across UCL. Details of these activities and outputs fro the symposium can be found below:
- Read more about the Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Catalyst Grants
- Read more about the Sustainable Building Products Research Grant
- Read more about the project to map cross disciplinary research interests in cities & resources at UCL Complementing this critical engagement with urban forms and resource use is a short film on sewage. Three UCL academics discuss their take on London’s drainage, exposing the contested history and alternative futures of London’s Victorian infrastructure. View Charlotte's video.
- Download the conference proceeding for details of the programme, speakers, abstracts along with details of the research and catalyst grant projects.
- See videos from all the talks, on the UCL ISR YouTube Channel
- Sustainable Cities Symposium shows the need for cross-disciplinary research - student blog
- Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Executive Summary by Louise Guibrunet
- Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities – What goes in, must come out - Film Competition- Mike Fell - the winner of the Judges award of the short film competition for Secret Signal- Maria Ossul Vermehren - the winner of the People's award of the short film competition for Squatter Settlement
- Download Closing the Gap: Aligning Strategies Towards Sustainable Resources Use from the inaugural symposium.