Seminar Series October - December 2013

Dr Sunand Prasad

Silo thinking is dead: Long Live the Silo!

Dr Sunand Prasad PPRIBA
Senior Partner, Penoyre and Prasad Architects LLP

Tuesday 22 October 2013 | 5pm, BG10, Buckley building, Headington Campus

Sunand Prasad is co-founder of highly regarded architects Penoyre & Prasad whose diverse range of work has won over 80 awards. He was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects 2007-09 campaigning for action on climate change, reform of architectural education and other initiatives. He is a member of the Government's Green Construction Board, a trustee of the think tank the Centre for Cities, and of the arts and climate change charity Cape Farewell.

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Professor Chris Rogers

Exploring City Futures – The Role of Scenarios in Delivering Sustainability and Resilience

Professor Chris Rogers
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Birmingham

Tuesday 19 November 2013 | 5pm, Room G117, Gibbs Building, Headington Campus

Chris Rogers Seminar

Chris Rogers researches urban sustainability, resilience and futures, with specific interests in utility services and use of underground space, following research in pipelines, trenchless technologies and road foundations. He leads EPSRC’s £10m Mapping (now Assessing) the Underworld, led the £3.2million multi-disciplinary, multi-university Urban Futures consortium and leads the similarly diverse £6.3million Liveable Cities EPSRC Programme Grant, exploring how future cities might deliver urban resilience. He chairs the Innovation & Research Panel and Futures Group at the Institution of Civil Engineers, and is a member of the Foresight Future of Cities Lead Expert Group.

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Dr Tim Chatterton

Re-thinking ‘household’ energy use - experiences at the frontiers of policy

Dr Tim Chatterton
Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England

Thursday 12 December 2013 | 5pm, BG10, Buckley building, Headington Campus

Tim has worked at the interface of science and policy for over 15 years, including numerous local authorities and a number of government Departments including DECC, Defra, DfT and DCLG. From an original background in air pollution, his work has increasingly encompassed public health, carbon emissions/climate change, and energy demand. He works across both environmental and social sciences and has become convinced that the challenge of communicating climate science is matched by that of communicating social science.

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Programme and presentations for May - July 2013

Delivering a genuinely sustainable built environment - the challenges and opportunities

Professor David Strong BSc(Hons), DPhil(Oxon), CEng FCIBSE, FEI
Monday 20th May | AB1.15 (5pm)

This talk examines the profound implications associated with the built environment on climate change and the measures which can be taken to mitigate the impacts. The main policy drivers and initiatives are reviewed, together with the challenges and opportunities. Consideration is given to the requirements for a genuinely sustainable building. The performance in-use of a number of high profile iconic “green” buildings are considered and the consequences of relying on technology to deliver low carbon buildings examined.

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Adaptation to X: The journey from vulnerability to readiness

Thomas E Downing, CEO, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership
Tuesday 11th June | AB1.15 (5pm)

Adaptation to climate change is a journey, of social and institutional learning over time scales that span the next twenty years and beyond. The journey is also an intellectual transition from the static baseline of vulnerability to anticipating readiness to act. Against this actor-oriented framework, the implications for adaptation strategies and actions in urban planning are highlighted.

Opportunities for Research and Innovation in the Built Environment: A view from Public and Private Sectors

Professor Jeremy Watson FREng FIET FICE, Director, Global Research at Arup Ex-Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department for Communities and Local Government
Thursday 11th July | AB1.1.5 (5pm)

For the built environment, the challenges presented to central government and local authorities are stronger than ever, with financial restrictions pulling against environmental, demographic and other social drivers. These present opportunities for the academic and business sectors, which are well placed to address emerging knowledge and service markets.

Each year, government invests around £10 billion in scientific R&D to support the activities of Departments, the Research Councils and HEFCE. The breadth of issues is extensive: from facing environmental issues, through improving health and wellbeing to preventing and reducing crime. Knowledge- and resource-sharing are important factors in delivering policy options and outcomes for society. A number of innovative approaches are emerging, such as working with local universities to create networks of expert advisers and university research being made freely accessible by citizens.

The talk focused on the ways science and technology are being brought to bear on issues in the built environment, and highlighted some high priority challenges.