Action Plan for Cities

Written by Brian Kilkelly on 28 April 2014

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Over one hundred participants gathered at the Guildhall in the City of London for the first Tomorrow's City Infrastructure Forum from April 24th through to April 25th. Contributions to building an action plan to secure the resilience, vibrancy, and prosperity of our cities were provided by leaders from Barcelona, Birmingham, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Tallinn, and Toronto. Programme included:

  • The DNA of the Smart City Workshop with Climate-KIC
  • Infrastructure Forum
  • World Infrastructure Awards 2014 and Green & Tonic Evening Reception

Themes covered over the two days included opportunities for releasing capital, managing and sustaining growth, leveraging infrastructure to release development opportunities, and building shared vision between cities and investors. Highlights included groundbreaking infrastructure projects from around the world, the presentation of a significant report on the link between city resilience and real estate investment from Richard Barkham, Grosvenor Group, and presentations of the multi-billion dollar urban development projects being progressed in Helsinki and Toronto.

Download attendee list here

See initial action plan points and download the 'mind-map' here

The DNA of the Smart City

The workshop with Climate-KIC was hosted by Willis and looked at several exciting concepts for cities through creating and using data. The assembled group of technology, financial, real estate, legal, and design experts further evolved the ideas and business models with a particular focus on scaleability. Professor Richard Templer shared the concepts during the Forum and participants voted to decide which merited further development and investment.

World Infrastructure Awards 2014 and Green & Tonic Reception

Completing the forum activities on Friday evening, participants joined with members of the sustainability networking group Green & Tonic at TIAA Henderson Real Estate to hear from Michael Hammond, Editor-in-Chief of World Infrastructure News of the winners of the World Infrastructure Awards 2014:

Transport:

Highly Commended; SkyTran, Tel Aviv, Israel JENKINS GALES & MARTINEZ

Winner; Local Transport Hub at Main Station, Graz, Austria ZECHNER & ZECHNER ZT GmbH

Energy:

Highly Commended; Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, Japan KYOCERA

Winner; Solucar Complex, Seville, Spain ABENGOA SOLAR

Water:

Highly Commended; The East River Blueway, New York, USA WXY ARCHITECTURE + URBAN DESIGN

Winner; Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico (MOSE), Venice, Italy CONSORZIO VENEZIA NUOVA

Full announcement here 

Green & Tonic Discussion on Sustainable Investment

During the reception Gil Levy a partner at Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) explained how his firm is progressing with placing investments into sustainable development projects around the world.

Full event report to follow later this month. See first action points here

With thanks to our generous supporters and partners

Categories: Engineering, Architecture, Transport, Design, Economy, Environment, People, Living, Governance, Risk, Technology, Funding, Energy and water, Regulation

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