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David Singleton
Arup
13 March 2014
Five Ideas for Cities
Aristotle said:
“people come to cities for a
living…..
they live in cities for a better
life”
More than half of humanity now lives
in cities. Urban areas account for
between 60-80% of energy
consumption and a commens...
A statement on climate adaptation
from the recent C40 Summit in
Johannesburg:
“…..countries talk…but cities act”
February ...
Cities are the clusters around which
human interaction is fostered,
creativity and innovation flourish
and economic activi...
They are the focii for economic
development
To foster the contributions that cities
make we must understand what
drives th...
These drivers can be thought of in
terms of:
Demographic factors
Density
Design and planning
Diversity, of all types
Digit...
These drivers can be thought of in
terms of:
Demographic factors
Density
Design and planning
Diversity, of all types
Digit...
Economic growth
Urbanisation
In 2008 the majority
of the world’s
population lived in
cities
By 2050 the UN
projects that 6.9
million peopl...
Ho Chi Minh City
These drivers can be thought of in
terms of:
Demographic factors
Density
Design and planning
Diversity, of all types
Digit...
Toronto
Beijing
Canary Wharf
These drivers can be thought of in
terms of:
Demographic factors
Density
Design and planning
Diversity, of all types
Digit...
What makes cities vibrant and successful?
© Arup
What makes cities vibrant and successful?
© Arup
Green Star, South Africa
Treasure Island, San Francisco
Helsinki
Manchester
These drivers can be thought of in
terms of:
Demographic factors
Density
Design and planning
Diversity, of all types
Digit...
Copenhagen
Asian Cities
Singapore
Low Emission Vehicles
High Speed 1, UK
These drivers can be thought of in
terms of:
Demographic factors
Density
Design and planning
Diversity, of all types
Digit...
Thank you
Office Realtime
Resistance
or
Resilience?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change defines resilience as “...the ability of
a social or ecological system to ab...
Cities should adopt a systemic approach to
resilience that allows them to fail 'gently', rather
than catastrophically.
A s...
Toolkit for Resilient Cities:
Arup – Siemens
David Singleton
Arup
13 March 2014
Thank you
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"
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With Australia’s current federal government wishing to be known as ‘the infrastructure government’, Chairman of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia - David Singleton – is urging decision makers to move forward with infrastructure investment but to tread wisely. He shares five ideas for cities and says "let's get on with it!" Read more here: http://ow.ly/w6vjb

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  • I agree with the philosophy of this particularly in the need to get it right. Unfortunately political payback will hamper the great outcomes that should happen in our cities. Unsolicited proposals should only be supported if they do not cost the government one cent, unless of course they coincide with predetermined priorities otherwise they redirect finance to the less important.
    If cities can do all that is claimed we should have more of them as they do get less efficient over a certain size particularly in low density Australia. Lets find new locations outside Sydney and Melbourne and build them properly with the requisite links both physical and digital
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Five ideas for cities "Let's get on with it!"

  1. 1. David Singleton Arup 13 March 2014 Five Ideas for Cities
  2. 2. Aristotle said: “people come to cities for a living….. they live in cities for a better life”
  3. 3. More than half of humanity now lives in cities. Urban areas account for between 60-80% of energy consumption and a commensurate share of global CO2 emissions. Within a decade, more than 500 cities globally will have populations exceeding one million.
  4. 4. A statement on climate adaptation from the recent C40 Summit in Johannesburg: “…..countries talk…but cities act” February 2014
  5. 5. Cities are the clusters around which human interaction is fostered, creativity and innovation flourish and economic activity is focussed
  6. 6. They are the focii for economic development To foster the contributions that cities make we must understand what drives their success
  7. 7. These drivers can be thought of in terms of: Demographic factors Density Design and planning Diversity, of all types Digital economy
  8. 8. These drivers can be thought of in terms of: Demographic factors Density Design and planning Diversity, of all types Digital economy
  9. 9. Economic growth
  10. 10. Urbanisation In 2008 the majority of the world’s population lived in cities By 2050 the UN projects that 6.9 million people will live in cities (>75% of population) Urbanisation most marked in emerging markets
  11. 11. Ho Chi Minh City
  12. 12. These drivers can be thought of in terms of: Demographic factors Density Design and planning Diversity, of all types Digital economy
  13. 13. Toronto
  14. 14. Beijing
  15. 15. Canary Wharf
  16. 16. These drivers can be thought of in terms of: Demographic factors Density Design and planning Diversity, of all types Digital economy
  17. 17. What makes cities vibrant and successful? © Arup
  18. 18. What makes cities vibrant and successful? © Arup
  19. 19. Green Star, South Africa
  20. 20. Treasure Island, San Francisco
  21. 21. Helsinki
  22. 22. Manchester
  23. 23. These drivers can be thought of in terms of: Demographic factors Density Design and planning Diversity, of all types Digital economy
  24. 24. Copenhagen
  25. 25. Asian Cities
  26. 26. Singapore
  27. 27. Low Emission Vehicles
  28. 28. High Speed 1, UK
  29. 29. These drivers can be thought of in terms of: Demographic factors Density Design and planning Diversity, of all types Digital economy
  30. 30. Thank you Office Realtime
  31. 31. Resistance or Resilience?
  32. 32. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change defines resilience as “...the ability of a social or ecological system to absorb disturbances while retaining the same basic structure and ways of functioning, the capacity for self-organisation, and the capacity to adapt to stress and change” IPCC, 2007
  33. 33. Cities should adopt a systemic approach to resilience that allows them to fail 'gently', rather than catastrophically. A solution based around ‘gentle’failure is considered a success when the city is able to function after disaster by using alternative resources and systems and through the initiatives of the local community.
  34. 34. Toolkit for Resilient Cities: Arup – Siemens
  35. 35. David Singleton Arup 13 March 2014 Thank you

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