Image above: Stephen Wilkinson (Vice President RTPI) with the presenters of case studies from Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, Belfast (Connswater Greenway) and Plymouth
Building Prosperous Cities - the role of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’
This conference took place at London's City Hall on 27th September 2016. It brought together 130 participants from a wide range of professions and sectors to assess the role of green infrastructure and natural capital in the success of our cities. Through presentations and discussion, we asked:
- Is green infrastructure fit for purpose for now and the future? If not, what city-scale policies and programmes might improve it?
- How do we make a more effective case for restoring the natural capital of our cities?
- See our selection of resources for conference delegates (***updated to include materials referenced on the day***)
- See the on-line article published by The Planner after the event.
- See the conference blogs for perspectives from some the speakers, chairpersons and panelists.
- See the posters presented in the Research and Innovation Showcase.
- A short report on the event will be produced in October 2016.
Programme with links to presentations
Image above: BuroHappold's Head of Economics, Dr. Jim Coleman addresses the conference
Session 1 – Building prosperous cities
09.30 - Chairperson’s remarks - Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the English Cities Fund and Chair of the Lyons Housing Review
09.40 - Keynote 1: The big picture - the future of cities. Prof. Tim Stonor (Space-syntax and The Bartlett, University College London)
10.05 - Keynote 2: Natural Capital: the economics of green infrastructure. Ian Dickie (a Director at eftec)
10.30 - Panel discussion - professional perspectives.
- Vincent Goodstadt (past President, Royal Town Planning Institute)
- Brian Collins (Professor of Engineering Policy at University College London)
- Amanda Clack (President, RICS)
- Graham Duxbury (Chief Executive of Groundwork UK)
11.15 - Break and refreshments
Session 2 – Case studies
11.45 - Chairperson - Stephen Wilkinson (Vice President, RTPI & Head of Planning and Strategic Partnership, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority)
Case study presentations
- Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, Max Hislop (Programme Manager, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership)
- Belfast (Connswater Greenway), Wendy Langham (Connswater Community Greenway Programme Manager, EastSide Partnership)
- Plymouth (Kathryn Deeney, Natural Infrastructure Manager, Plymouth City Council)
Research and Innovation Showcase (over lunch). Facilitated by Dr. John Box (Technical Director in Environment and Urban Design at Atkins). Read more.
Session 3 – Key issues
13.50 - Chairperson's opening remarks: Anne Selby (Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside, Chair of the Greater Manchester Natural Capital Group)
13.50 - Remarks from Robert Keeling, Cities & Local Growth Unit (HM Government)
13.55 - Revealing the true value of greenspace in cities: Sheffield’s natural capital account. Jason Eis (Vivid Economics) & Ellie Robinson (National Trust). See also the briefing note associated with this presentation.
14.20 - Making a sound economic case for investment in green infrastructure. Jim Coleman (Chief Economist, Buro Happold)
14.40 - Optimising the co-benefits of urban green infrastructure. Will Evison (an Assistant Director and environmental economist at PwC)
14.50 - Questions
15.00 - Break and refreshments
15.30 - Meaningful green infrastructure. Tom Armour (Global Landscape Architecture Leader, Arup)
15.40 - Measuring the benefits of green infrastructure and natural capital in urban areas. Dr. Alex Collins (Imperial College) & Nick Paling (Westcountry Rivers Trust)
15.50 - Setting the standard for green infrastructure. Dr. Danielle Sinnett (Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England)
16:00 - Questions
Session 4 – Partnerships for delivery
16.15 - 'City leaders' panel discussion. Chaired by Peter Madden, Future Cities Catapult.Participants:
- Cllr Derek Antrobus (Lead Member for Planning & Sustainable Development, Salford City Council)
- Cllr Lewis Dagnall (Cabinet Advisor for Business, Skills & Development, Sheffield City Council)
- Niall Bolger (Chief Executive of the London Borough of Sutton)
- Mark Bradbury (Head of Capital Assets, Southampton City Council)
- Cllr. Lisa Trickett (Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Birmingham City Council)
- Andrew Jones (Policy & Programmes Manager, Green Infrastructure and Smart Environment, Greater London Authority)
Image above: The 'City Leaders' panel discussion
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