Annual debate: Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral

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 

Sustainable and future cities blogs

Keith Clarke - What's inspiring right now.
Following the debate Keith Clarke, CBE tells CIRIA what he finds inspiring right now.

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Technology for an urban future

by Peter Madden OBE, CEO FutureCities Catapult

View from Peter Head

by Peter Head, CEO Ecological Sequestration Trust

Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral

by Suzanne Simmons, Project Manager, CIRIA

The future of cities matter

by Ruth Hynes, Project Manager, CIRIA


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Annual debate 2017

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