UCL projects supported by Arup and EPSRC
10 January 2008
Arup Group, the engineering and construction firm, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, to develop a partnership for design and engineering in the built environment. The agreement builds on the success of four collaborative research projects based around the Dongtan eco-city in China - two of them led by UCL.
Arup is the designer and masterplanner for the Dongtan eco-city, and aims to create a development which has low energy consumption and is as close to carbon-neutral as possible. The city is intended to demonstrate China's commitment to sustainable development and provides valuable opportunities for researchers interested in urban systems.
'City History and Multi-Scale Spatial Masterplanning', led by Professor Alan Penn of the UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, is an international research network that looks at the historical development of Chinese and European cities, and spatial masterplanning at scales ranging from the local place to the whole metropolitan area. The objective is to form collaborative research groups between UK and Chinese academics, as well as researchers from Australia and the USA, and will operate through a programme of workshops and exchange visits.
The 'Sustainable Urban Systems to Transfer Achievable Implementation Network', led by Professor Nick Tyler of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies at UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, explores the transferability of sustainable systems from one city to another. Through a series of workshops in London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Melbourne, Australia, researchers will look at population behaviour patterns an the implementation of infrastructure and services in Dongtan, in order to evaluate the technology and behaviour change conditions necessary to achieve transferable sustainable systems.
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