The combined pressures of a bigger and older population, a changing climate and the need for a low-carbon economy will determine the cities of the future. What must scientists, engineers, architects and planners do to make sure we stay cool, healthy, dry, fed and housed? Will we live, work and travel differently – and what technologies should we adopt? And is anyone ever going to invent a flying car?
Four senior experts came to the SMC to give their reflections on the cities of the future, where the problems might arise, and what we need to do to ensure a sustainable future for citizens.
George Adams, President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
Dr Richard Miller, Head of Sustainability at the Technology Strategy Board Future Cities Catapult
Mike Duff, Head of Future Cities at engineering consultancy WSP
Prof Phil Blythe, Chair of the Transport Policy Panel at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)