Knowledge Hub

The Knowledge Hub provides news and analysis on how leaders in the built environment are making our cities resilient through design, technology, policy and finance. World Cities Network aims to deliver knowledge relevant to the real estate community which causes debate and learning.

Mayor announces ‘Smart London’ board to realise London’s ambition as a global tech leader

Mayor announces ‘Smart London’ board to realise London’s ambition as a global tech leader

The Mayor of London has announced a top line-up of experts including leading academics, businesses and entrepreneurs to develop a ‘Smart London’ vision that puts technological innovation at the heart of making the capital an even better place to live, work and invest.

Categories: Governance, London

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Highlights from the London Aviation Debate: East vs West

Highlights from the London Aviation Debate: East vs West

Video: Highlights from the London Aviation Debate. Including the keynote speeches from Richard Gammon, aviation expert from HOK and Aviation Advisor to the Mayor of London, Daniel Moylan.

Categories: Transport, Design, Mobility, Meet the experts, London

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What can we expect from the Thames Estuary airport? A resilient capital or lethal threats to our health and wildlife?

What can we expect from the Thames Estuary airport? A resilient capital or lethal threats to our health and wildlife?

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, appointed Atkins, one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, to play a leading role in helping develop plans for a multi runway hub airport in the South East of England . But would the Thames Estuary airport make London a resilient capital? What are the real risks to our health and wildlife? And who is paying for the airport?

Categories: Transport, Design, Economy, Environment, Governance, London

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Energy Retrofit of London’s Commercial Building Stock

Energy Retrofit of London’s Commercial Building Stock

Buildings consume about 40% of the world’s primary energy and they are responsible for 40% of global CO2 emissions. In London, nearly 80% of emissions come from buildings, including 42% from workplace buildings. New buildings are more energy efficient; however only 2% of the UK’s building stock is less than five years old. Therefore achieving energy efficiency in the existing stock is a key challenge.

Categories: Energy and water, London

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London Aviation Debate: Expert audience vote for new airport hub

London Aviation Debate: Expert audience vote for new airport hub

Participants at the East or West debate, which took place at the Royal Geographical Society, London, voted in favour of developing a transport hub in the Thames Estuary to accommodate Heathrow’s lack of airport capacity and to secure sustainable economic growth and future employment.

Categories: Transport, Design, Environment, Governance, London

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Decentralised Energy: Could London Emulate Copenhagen?

Decentralised Energy: Could London Emulate Copenhagen?

In 2012, Future of London and UCL held a seminar series, London 2062, looking at the challenges facing London over the next 50 years. All the experts mentioned ‘the Danish model’ at some point or other, and it became clear that many feel that this is a reference point from which lessons could be drawn to ensure London’s long-term energy security.

Categories: Energy and water, Regulation, London, Copenhagen

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News round- up - January

News round- up - January

World Cities Network rounds-up January's leading news from around the world. This month's summary includes the World Economic Forum, what can Londoners expect from new Thames tunnel and should we build new cities at sea?

Categories: Design, Economy, Environment, Living, Glasgow, London, Rotterdam

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World Cities Network meets with Rob Firth, Director at HOK

World Cities Network meets with Rob Firth, Director at HOK

Video: World Cities Network meets with Rob Firth, Director at HOK, to discuss city resilience and shifts in the built environment.

Categories: Design, Living, Governance, Meet the experts, London

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News round-up - November

News round-up - November

World Cities Network rounds-up November's leading news from around the world. This month's summary includes the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the USA, flood-protection strategies in the UK and an infrastructure blockade in India.

Categories: Design, Governance, Business, Technology, London, New York

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Richard Gammon from HOK on London's airport dilemma

Richard Gammon from HOK on London's airport dilemma

Video: Richard Gammon, Senior Vice President, Director of Aviation & Transportation at HOK, talks to World Cities Network about the case for Heathrow's expansion.

Categories: Transport, Meet the experts, London

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