Speaking at our RICS UK Summit, Dr Simon Moores (Futurologist and Government Technology Adviser) explores the future of the cities shaped by new technology and new demands.
Urban Splash have been in the forefront of innovative design and urban development for decades. Manufactured / system build / modular housing, call it what you will, has to be the way forward.
House is precision-built to your specification in a factory, and craned into position on your street. Modern materials mean house is well-insulated and efficient to run. You can choose the size and internal format which is then delivered to site virtually ready to occupy.
The mismatch between current US housing stock and shifting demographics, combined with the growing demand for walkable urban living, has been poignantly defined by recent research and publications by the likes of Christopher Nelson and Chris Leinberger and the Urban Land Institute’s publication, What’s Next: Real Estate in the New Economy. Let’s stop talking about the problem and start generating solutions!
Unfortunately, the solution is not as simple as adding more multi-family housing stock using the dated models/types of housing that we have been building. Rather, we need a complete paradigm shift in the way that we design, locate, regulate, and develop homes. As What’s Next states, “it’s a time to rethink and evolve, reinvent and renew.” Missing Middle housing types, such as duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, mansion apartments, and live-work units, are a critical part of the solution and should be a part of every architect’s, planner’s, real estate agent’s, and developer’s arsenal.
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Recent research, the Hub and the Place, takes an in-depth look at the issues related to infrastructure delivery, by examining three case studies of rail transport hubs and their surrounding environment and urban development in the UK, China and India. hub_and_place_270616_dwl_research
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Abu Dhabi’s $18 billion experiment in high-tech, low-resource living–was designed to be the world’s first large-scale carbon-neutral development. In 2012, we wrote: “So far, there are a number of finished buildings, including restaurants, a library, retail outlets, and a handful of structures at the onsite Masdar Institute, a graduate institute focused on sustainability, science, and alternative energy. This is only the start.” Julien Eymeri went recently, and found a much different story. Read his account and see his eerie video of an empty city.
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British planning experts are heading to China to advise on building cities that do not wreck the environment.
They will address mayors on the need to avoid Los Angeles-style sprawl by building dense cities with low-carbon buildings and good public transport.
Their visit follows a report warning that the road-based US model could make climate change impossible to contain.
Europe’s densely-populated cities, with strong public transport links, are held up as an example for China to follow.
The report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate said more than two billion extra people were expected in cities in the coming decades.
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In September 2013, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim launched the Low Carbon, Livable Cities (LC2) initiative at the Clinton Global Forum in New York City. Here we are, a full year later, with the UN Climate Summit upon us, and it’s clear that the Bank’s efforts are bearing fruit, strongly influencing or linking neatly with efforts being announced today.
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In a sector plagued by self-appointed, industry sponsored narrators and pseudo experts, it can sometimes be difficult for city planners to see past clichéd statements referencing the need for ‘SMART city systems and ubiquitous connectivity’ and really understand the strategic benefit that maybe garnered by implementing a SMART city scheme.
Read more of Paul Goff’s BLOG article about Smart Cities HERE