Sustainable cities: Is there a future? Is it green?

22/06/2017 18:15
22/06/2017 20:00


The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AG


22 June 2017
18.35 - 20.00 (Registration from 18.15)

This event is followed by a networking drinks reception.


FREE for CIRIA members to attend.
£50+ VAT for all other attendees.

Event Description

Sustainable cities: Is there are future? Is it green? will be the topic under the spotlight at CIRIA’s upcoming annual debate, which promises to build on the insights from last year, as well as explore the impact of the new urban agenda, adopted by world leaders last December.

On Thursday 22 June 2017 at The Royal Society, London, CIRIA will once again bring together a high profile panel, (which includes international speakers Professor Peter Head OBE, Sally Uren and Steffen Lehmann); to revisit the theme of sustainable cities and discuss the complex challenges in balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion for future cities and infrastructure systems

The debate will be chaired by Prof Peter Head OBE, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Ecological Sequestration Trust, other speakers at the debate include:

  • Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future
  • Professor Steffen Lehmann, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Founding Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, University of Portsmouth.
  • Malcolm Smith, Arup Fellow – Masterplanning and Urban Design, Arup
  • Sarah Toy, Strategic Resilience Officer, Bristol City Council

Prof Peter Head, OBE, Founder & Chief Executive Officer says; ‘It is a great pleasure to be invited back to CIRIA’s annual debate series. It is clear that our understanding of cities has reached a turning point through systems modelling, scientific research and emerging risks; they face new, complex and challenging conditions that require resilience and adaptation to the impacts of environmental and social change and all share the common global goals SDGs. The debate on cities can no longer focus on whether urbanisation will be an issue, instead we must focus on how we manage large and evolving urban-rural hubs and networks in the future and support opportunities for sustainable urban development. I am looking forward to this thought provoking and necessary discussion.’

This promises to be an exciting and dynamic debate addressing some of the pressing issues facing 21st century cities. There are a limited number of tickets available so please visit, to find out more and book a place.

This event is followed by a networking drinks reception.

This debate comes just months after world leaders adopted The New Urban Agenda, which set a new standard for sustainable urban development, helping us to rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities.

Find out more about last year’s debate, Cities – adaptation without mitigation is immoral by visiting

About the Organiser

CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association. It is an independent, not-for-profit, member-based research organisation that exists to champion performance improvement in construction.

Since 1960 CIRIA has delivered support and guidance to the construction, built environment and infrastructure sectors. CIRIA works with members from all parts of the supply chain to co-ordinate collaborative projects, industry networks and events. Its high quality guidance is delivered to industry through publications, training and other performance improvement activities.

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