AUM2012 is the second of a planned series of annual symposia for discussing applied urban simulation models that offer insight into complex dynamics of urban change and inform practical initiatives. AUM2012 aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines, professional institutions and government agencies in many countries. The cross-fertilisation of ideas is expected to serve as a springboard for innovation in urban modelling at different levels – from conceptual experiments to policy appraisal.
AUM2012 will continue to focus on models of large city regions, especially their applications in addressing grand challenges such as energy and climate change. It is open to all model types and styles, although for 2012 we particularly welcome papers that assess different pathways towards energy efficient and climate wise cities, where system-level thinking is still hampered by a lack of common understanding of the theories and tools. We also welcome papers that report innovations in methods and techniques.
A newer concept which encapsulates the issue of how to mitigate the effects of environmental disasters and terrorism.
UCL has a centre dedicated to Urban Sustainability & Resilience
Academics are now starting to explore resilience for future energy systems. On monday I will be attending this conference on the topic:
The Northumbria University Low Carbon Mapping (LCM) project aims to connect together all ‘low carbon’ related research and development (R&D) within the University’s ‘Energy and Environment’ research theme and to support the University in identifying and developing new commercial opportunities and strengthening existing commercial relationships
Excellent article in the FT: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6d3796fe-e8e6-11e0-ac9c-00144feab49a.html#axzz1ZQGbAkWL
Link to the clean development mechanism; http://cdm.unfccc.int/about/index.html
Urban Futures (Sustainable Regeneration – from evidence-based urban futures to implementation) is a unique research effort that seeks to establish and test alternative future scenarios, providing insights into the potential sustainability impact of today’s urban regeneration decisions.
The Urban Age Programme, jointly organised with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, is an international investigation of the spatial and social dynamics of cities centred on an annual conference, research initiative and publication.
Here are recent public lectures on urban energy and carbon futures:
Richard Rogers: Cities and Buildings
Mayor of Copenhagen: The City Solution
Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen: Cities, Design and Climate Change
Joan Clos: Cities and Climate Change
Peter Head: Urban Technologies and the Environment
An often neglected area. Two interesting approaches for different scales
1. CROHM: Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers. Housing stock carbon assessment.
An interesting idea in this emerging field. I am not sure what the methodology is. It reads as a standard bottom-up approach which relies on coupling a building physics engine with housing Archetypes. There are no details however. Also offers some GIS.
2. AssetMap. A process and tool developed by Arup’s. Some references can be found below.
Modelling frameworks for low carbon cities: reality or science fiction?
Paper Submitted to BRI: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rbri