Annual debate: The urban regeneration of our existing cities

CIRIA’s third annual debate examines the issues surrounding the urban regeneration of our cities. This event will bring together highly regarded senior professionals from the engineering and built environment sector to discuss 21st Century challenges in regenerating our existing cities by balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion.

Urban regeneration is one of the many issues helping to shape 21st Century cities. Successful regeneration prevents urban decline; it can revitalise derelict urban areas by providing the spark that reignites positive economic, social and environmental impacts. Regeneration includes the revitalisation of brownfield sites and a rebuilding of the city’s economic base. 

So what makes for successful regeneration projects?  Amongst the variety of issues presented by an ageing city, how can regeneration schemes focus on newer challenges like decarbonisation, self-sufficiency and wellbeing whilst tackling the more traditional issues presented by population growth, security and biodiversity loss? 

Of increasing concern is the question of urban density; is the huge demand for housing and pressure to maximise profit through high-density schemes leading to an unhealthy variety of land uses? In connection with this, what is the role of public space in the regeneration of cities? 

CIRIA’s third annual debate will bring together leading professionals across the built environment and constructions sectors  to debate their ideas and experiences for addressing the complex challenges of an urban future.

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Take a look at the action from CIRIA's previous annual debates;

Chairman: Peter Murray 
Chairman of New London Architecture,
Past Master of The Architects’ Company,
Visiting professor at IE University in Madrid,
Chairman of The London Society
Panellist: George Ferguson CBE 
Past President RIBA, 
first elected Mayor of Bristol,
founding member of 100 Resilient Cities
Panellist: Dr Steffen Lehmann 
Professor of Sustainable Architecture and
leads the research theme on Sustainable Cities 
at the University of Portsmouth. Author of 18
books and from 2016 to 2018 holds an Honorary
appointment with the Institute for Sustainable Futures,
at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Panellist: Louise Brooke-Smith
Partner and UK Head of Town Planning at Arcadis.
Past Global President of RICS & Member of the RTPI
Outstanding Woman in Construction (2015) and
National Achiever in Construction (2015). Louise has been
awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of
Wolverhampton, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City,
Panellist: David Symons
David is UK Director of Sustainability at WSP.
He leads WSP’s global innovation and sustainability
programme, Future Ready.  David has also provided
commentary on environmental and social
issues to national broadcast and print media.

Beginning at 18:00, each of the speakers will speak for ten minutes before questions and debate from the floor.  
The event will be followed by a networking drinks reception from 19:30.

This event is FREE for CIRIA members
£50+VAT for non-members

Event Sponsor

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Thursday 21 June
18:00 - 20:30  (registration from 17:30)

Royal Society of Chemistry
Burlington House
London, W1J 0BA

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21/06/2018 - 21/06/2018
The Royal Society of Chemistry
Burlington House

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