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SMART International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure: Future cities: Meeting the Brundtland challenge

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A presentation conducted by Professor Nick Tyler CBE, Chadwick Professor, Civil Engineering, University College London, United Kingdom. Presented on Wednesday the 2nd of October 2013.

Brundtland famously said that sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the
needs of future generations. This seems reasonable enough, but what will be the ‘future generations’ needs? The search for that outcome means a complete rethink of
how we think about the infrastructure that supports a city – including the social, as well as the ‘hard’, infrastructure that enables a city to survive. Unsurprisingly many countries and cities are thinking about this problem but the increase in future well being will need new thinking, new approaches and new substance.

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SMART International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure: Future cities: Meeting the Brundtland challenge

  1. 1. ENDORSING PARTNERS Future cities: Meeting the Brundtland challenge The following are confirmed contributors to the business and policy dialogue in Sydney: • Rick Sawers (National Australia Bank) • Nick Greiner (Chairman (Infrastructure NSW) Monday, 30th September 2013: Business & policy Dialogue Tuesday 1 October to Thursday, Dialogue 3rd October: Academic and Policy Presented by: Professor Nick Tyler CBE, Chadwick Professor, Civil Engineering, University College London, United Kingdom www.isngi.org www.isngi.org
  2. 2. 1909 needs 2013 reality 2113 vision?
  3. 3. How de we think about our city?
  4. 4. Aspirations People Transport Transport Transport Movement Movement Mobility Mobility Accessibility Accessibility WELLBEING Activities
  5. 5. The courteous city • Behaviour change • Improve equity • Design to improve courtesy The evolving city • What will be the needs in the future? • Adaptive and flexible design Courteous city Evolving city The healthy city • Positive impact on health • Minimise the need to use motorised vehicles • Clean technologies Healthy city Ideal city The active city • Has activities and opportunities • Encourage nonmotorised transport Active city City as public space The city as public space • Public spaces are open, available and accessible • Green spaces • Public space is safe
  6. 6. Let’s start by thinking of wellbeing as the achievement of an improved quality of life – a function of ‘activities’
  7. 7. The primary function = “to hold coffee” A cup … … holds coffee A secondary function … to be food
  8. 8. Value = Functionality Cost Engineering Satisfaction = Use of resources Achievement Satisfaction = Aspiration Achievement Value = Psychology Aspiration x Use of resources Anthropology Aspiration is the first step on the path to Wellbeing – so it is at least constant
  9. 9. Lima demonstrator project Mixed-use zone Integrated Transport System ‘People centres’
  10. 10. People Aspirations Activities Wellbeing
  11. 11. Land Use Planning Adaptive Planning • Location of activities People-oriented Transport • Planning to ensure people need to travel less Reduce Smart Operations Exchange Decarbonise Energy management systems Move from low capacity modes Move from High Carbon Impact modes • Discourage private car use • Improve energy efficiency Move to high capacity modes Move to Low Carbon Impact modes • Encourage public transport use • Favour modes using hydro electricity
  12. 12. Public Transport LOV Pedestrians Peds Public Transport Freight Transport Bicycles Freight Transport Bicycles Bicycles LOV Pedestrians Public Transport Freight Transport LOV Put people at the apex of the solution
  13. 13. Peds Bicycles Public Transport Freight Transport LOV
  14. 14. Change the perspective … … to change the future

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