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By Professor Tim Dixon, School of the Built Environment, University of Reading

Is this how Reading will look in 2050?

As the world’s urban population continues to grow, it will be increasingly important for the built environment sector to offer solutions that work for individual streets as well as whole cities.

Buildings already make up 20% of global emissions, and the world’s population will be 70% urban by 2050. So, understanding how we can join up our thinking and disciplinary understanding from individual building level to neighbourhood level and at the urban level will be essential to make the built environment work better for society and create more resilient and sustainable places.

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Understanding city-scale environment for people and microbes

Presenter: Prof Yuguo Li from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong

A livable habitat is necessary and essential for both people and microorganisms. Many scientists and engineers explored how major environment parameters in a habitat are maintained and changed, and how we might design such habitat for improving the environment and climate for its occupants, and for controlling the transmission of infectious microbes. The transport phenomena at the micro-scale surface touch and meso-scale city climate are linked.

Our research team at the University of Hong Kong has been attempting to understand the physics of such city-scale environment. I shall report our recent progress in understanding the possible new local synergistic warming phenomenon in Hong Kong, how the urban heat island circulation impact on urban air pollution/climate, and how the microbes are transmitted on the surface network and indoor contact network in a large city, and how these findings may impact on city design and policy.

Bio

Dr. Yuguo Li is Professor, Associate Dean of Engineering (Research) and former Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. He studied at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tsinghua and KTH in Stockholm, and was a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO. His main research interests are on built environment engineering (indoor air quality, city climate, and environment studies of infection). He led the development of 2009 WHO guidelines on natural ventilation.  He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Indoor Air, and President of ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. He received John Rydberg Gold Medal from SCANVAC in 2014, and an Honorary Doctor Degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, 2015 and the Inoue Memorial Award, SHASE, Japan in 2016. He was elected a Fellow of ASHRAE, ISIAQ, HKIE, and IMechE.

If anyone is interested to meet Prof Yuguo Li for research discussion, please email to  Dr Zhiwen (Vincent) Luo (z.luo@reading.ac.uk) to make an arrangement.

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DEGW FOUNDATION LECTURE

DEGW Archive Exhibition Open: 1700-1830,
Lecture Doors Open: 1800-1830, Lecture: 1830-2000

Lecture hosted by Despina Katsikakis.

Despina Katsikakis is a globally renowned expert on the impact of the built environment on business performance.

A former Chairman of international consultancy DEGW and recently with Barclays Corporate Real Estate, Despina has 30 years’ experience working with international organisations at board level, guiding them on how to use their workplace to affect behaviour and culture and how to align policies and processes to support innovation and organisational transformation.

With former clients including Accenture, BBC, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, BP, GlaxoSmithKline and Google, among others, she has developed ground-breaking initiatives from global real estate strategies and policies, buildings and workplace transformation, through to processes and tools for real estate management.

Despina is passionate that the built environment should be developed with clear purpose and focus on both the end user experience and its impact on business, society and the environment. She has an outstanding track record advising developers, funds and their design teams on how to differentiate and future proof award winning schemes globally.

A regular conference presenter, facilitator and writer on innovation of the built environment, with a focus on future trends and their impact on organisations, buildings and the city.

More information to follow.

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The nature and value of professional judgment and knowledge is increasingly being called into question as new technologies give access to new ways of working. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from different models of professionalism across Architecture and the Built Environment, over time and across the globe. The conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARENA  AND THE EDGE.

Keynote Speakers

  • Peggy Deamer
  • Roger Flanagan
  • Rob Imrie
  • Hans Wamelink
  • Helga Nowotny

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A seminar to discuss the role of housing in the wider healthcare system

Homes play an important role in alleviating pressure on the health service, but are often framed in terms of illness-prevention rather than wellbeing-promotion. This ignores the more holistic concept of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO 1946). In that context, what then does it mean to have a ‘healthy’ home and what consequence does this have on the planning, design and development of housing?

This seminar will bring together five expert speakers to explore how housing intersects with wider health provision and the practicalities of delivering ‘healthy’ homes. It will be of particular interest to academics and practitioners involved in the design, construction and refurbishment of the homes of the future.

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Ian J. Ewart (Chair)*
    Lecturer in Digital Technologies in the Built Environment
  • Simon Nicol
    Group Director, BRE Housing and Energy
  • Gwyn Roberts
    Homes and Communities Lead, BRE
  • Domini Gunn
    Director of Health and Wellbeing, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Guy Burnett
    Group Development Director, Thames Valley Housing Association
  • Michael Chang
    Project and Policy Manager, Town and Country Planning Association

This event is free of charge, Parking available in Car Park 1A

*ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship 2013-2107. Grant number ES/K009435/1. Project title ‘Designing Healthy Homes’

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, the School of the Built Environment will be hosting a 1-hour seminar with Chrissi McCarthy, founder and managing director of Constructing Equality. The event will be held in Miller G05, on 8 March, from 1 – 2pm, with refreshments served from 12:30pm. Chrissi will speak about the gender balance issues that face STEM professions (with a focus on built environment professions), the benefits of greater gender balance, and the role both men and women can play in strengthening the sector.

Please register here

 

International Women's Day

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