On Wednesday 15 June, we held our inaugural annual debate, 'Cities -
adaptation without mitigation is immoral', where our incredibly talented
and inspiring panel debated the growing pressures on our cities and
infrastructure systems with particular focus on sustainable development.
Chairing this debate, Keith Clarke CBE, challenged our panellists Sean
Lockie, Atkins; Jackie Sadek UK Regeneration; Peter Head CBE, Ecological
Sequestration, to consider the urban future we want and can provide as
engineering and construction professionals.
The discussions between panellists and audience were thought provoking
and really challenged views on adaptation and mitigation in cities, and
how we develop sustainable cities.
Hot topics of discussion included:
- Urbanisation and the future challenges facing cities
- The role of the citizen, mayors, civil leaders and devolution
- Urban management and economic growth
- Social inequality
- Communication across the industry and with other sectors
- Low carbon technologies