Annual debate: Sustainable Cities - Is there a future? Is it green?

On Thursday 22 June 2017, CIRIA brought together a highly regarded panel of experts to discuss the current issues of environmental sustainability in a new Urban Era. Attracting professionals from across the engineering and built environment sector, the event explored the 21st century challenges of balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion for future cities and infrastructure systems.

The debate was chaired by Professor Peter Head CBE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ecological Sequestration Trust who challenged panelists Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future; Professor Steffen Lehmann, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Founding Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, University of Portsmouth; Malcolm Smith, Arup Fellow - Masterplanning and Urban Design, Arup; and Sarah Toy, Strategic Resilience Officer, Bristol City Council to consider what the urban future looks like and how this can  be achieved. 

Sustainable and future cities blogs

CIRIA's Annual Debate 2016

Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral

For more on this topic, check out the action from last year's debate including; the full debate video, exclusive interviews with the panelPDF presentations and more... 

Is the future of cities green?

by Professor Steffen Lehmann, University of Portsmouth

Air pollution's influence on sustainable cities

by Paul Linden, University of Cambridge

What is a city?

by Malcolm Smith, Arup

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