Futures Fair 09

Society and Stimulus

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RIBA, London
May and June 2009

Futures Fair 09 brought architects, those in research, academia and the design industries together to re-consider the future of our towns and cities over the next 20 years and beyond. Attendees and speakers were encouraged to offer forward provocations, to question and rethink their approach to the built environment in light of the current economic climate and the new drivers for change. Futures Fair 09 facilitated these discussions through four distinct breakfast seminars around key themes.

BY 2029:

How will we secure the future of our power requirements?

Is increased migration to cities and unchecked growth really a problem?

How will spatial design affect future cultural and community identity?

Is “Green Infrastructure” a luxury for a restored economy, or the only plausible investment framework for the future survival of cities?

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At Building Scale

Retrofitting-
Adaptation and aspirations

12th May
The renewal of the built environment will be a critical part of reducing carbon emissions in future. The potential of older stock must be realised by changing public expectations and making retrofitted design an aspiration. How can we future proof out cities?

Supported by Foresight www.foresight.gov.uk

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RETROFITTING SNAPSHOT

At National Scale

Population-
Movements and limitations

19th May 9-11.30am
Economic collapse has brought into question once thought sound notions of growth. What areas of the UK will suffer from depopulation and what impact will this have on growth strategies and the housing market?

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POPULATION SNAPSHOT

At City Scale

settlement-
New Paradigms and structure

26th May 9-11.30am
What influence will demands for housing, healthcare, media, surveillance and communications have on the soft infrastructure of our cities in future? What difference will new technologies make by 2029 and why do they matter?

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SETTLEMENT SNAPSHOT

At Regional Scale

Infrastructure-
Systems and interventions

2nd June 9-11.30am
With government in command of investment capital, there is a great opportunity to plan out systems that simultaneously provide economic stimulus with a network upon which future communities can plug into. What will these networks comprise of in 2029 with no fossil fuels?

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INFRASTRUCTURE SNAPSHOP

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Organisations Present:

Foresight
Forum for the Future
Department for Energy and Climate Change
CABE
Gensler
Imperial College London
London Councils
Wired Magazine
Ramboll
Southampton University
RDA Ltd.
ENVAC
OFT
Adams Kare Taylor
RAENG
DEFRA
DEGW
Department for Transport
SAMI Consulting
Environment Agency
Ryder Architecture
Bennetts Associates
Greenwich Waterfront Regeneration Agency
University of Westminster
Greater London Authority
Aedas
Jones Lang LaSalle
Capita Symonds

For more information on Futures Fair 09 please contact buildingfutures@riba.org

Futures Fair 09
EPSRC
Foresight
Landscape Institute
BPF
ICE
CPD

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