Green Sky Thinking 2018

Programme of Events

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Experiencing the Digital Public Realm - SOLD OUT waiting list only

14 May 2018

The digital revolution is upon us! How can today’s digital tools be used to ensure people are the first consideration in the design, application and use of our public spaces. What can we do to help ensure that the digital landscape of tomorrow focuses on creating dynamic places for people.

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Planning strategies to build human and social capital - SOLD OUT waiting list only

14 May 2018

Sustainability strategies for the property sector, until recently, have largely focused on managing environmental impacts. This has led to the dominance of environmental rating systems such as BREEAM and carbon reduction targets for planning. However, expectations are rapidly changing.

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How would you like your city to sound?

14 May 2018

Designing the cities of the future is in our hands. How can we implement great sound quality in the city without compromising the very noises that make our cities so vibrant? How can soundscapes and sound planning improve our health and wellbeing in the city? What would we like our...

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Healthy Minds: Improving Health and Wellbeing in Schools

14 May 2018

In this workshop, we will explore how our approach to school design can improve the health and wellbeing of students and teachers. Hawkins\Brown has always championed simple, passive architectural solutions to providing joyful, robust and well-loved buildings.

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Lifetime Optimisation - putting people first at every stage of the building lifecycle

15 May 2018

Hurley Palmer Flatt will be showcasing our Advanced Building Optimisation methodology; a people-centric approach to engineering that follows the design from inception to occupation. We will demonstrate how we can optimise buildings from a performance and wellbeing standpoint at every step of the building lifecycle leading to buildings or places...

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Creating a new place for people - Battersea Power Station

15 May 2018

In a location long derelict and inaccessible to the public, a new town centre for Wandsworth is rising. Representatives from the Battersea Power Station Development Company will set out the vision for the project and new neighbourhood, explaining the range of diverse initiatives underway to make this a place for people.

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Learning from LETI to create Places For People

15 May 2018

When people think about sustainable design in the built environment, it is often our city’s buildings and their resource demand that take centre stage. The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) has played a major role in shaping London's energy policy over the last year through wide consultation and a truly...

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The illuminated Environment for people living with Dementia

15 May 2018

This presentation, given by Peter Kerr, Director of Atelier Ten's Glasgow office, will provide insight into the Natural and Artificial illuminated Environment for people living with Dementia. This covers the importance of daylight and connection to the external environment, the aging eye, circadian alignment and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Principal Place: Designing and Constructing with Sustainability in Mind

15 May 2018

Principal Place is a mixed-use development comprising office, retail, residential and public spaces in a spot where The City meets Shoreditch and in an area of archaeological interest. Across five buildings and a half-acre piazza, Principal Place puts people first – whether they are living in the apartments, working in...

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Cycle the city with PTE - SOLD OUT waiting list only

15 May 2018

Join architects, Pollard Thomas Edwards on an afternoon of ‘post occupancy evaluation by bike’, a fun way to analyse the impact of some of their completed projects in central London. The cycle tour will also stop at some of the most sustainable buildings in London, and discuss what makes a...

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The social enterprise business model – putting people first -SOLD OUT waiting list only

15 May 2018

Join Mace, Social Enterprise UK and London-based social enterprises at this social enterprise speed-date…and find out how you could be part of a “people first” revolution! Social enterprises are businesses that have clear social or environmental purpose; that are becoming an increasingly popular and successful business model.

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People first or technology first?

15 May 2018

Building, landscape and urban design are adapting to new technologies and user expectations, but are they putting ‘people first or technology first’? Using Nicholas Hare Architects’ and Hoare Lea’s competition winning proposal for Old Street Roundabout as a springboard for debate, the panel will discuss the way in which smart...

Putting people at the centre of urban regeneration: lessons from Clapham Park

16 May 2018

The event will describe the approach taken at Clapham Park to bring forward proposals for 4000 new homes in a healthy, prosperous and socially cohesive community. Clapham Park is one of the largest urban regeneration projects in London, representing a unique opportunity to revitalise an area of deprivation designed to...

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People productivity in places

16 May 2018

Cundall is joining-up with UCL to share years of research on the impact that design has on human performance and wellbeing.Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner at Cundall, will be comparing the qualitative and quantitative aspects of post occupancy evaluations and Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ).

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Distinction, character and community: the making of a 21st century mansion block - SOLD OUT waiting list only

16 May 2018

Weston Street is the result of 15 years of experimentation of building on ‘left over’ gap sites in the city by the developer Solidspace and the evolution of their signature split section design. Using the gap site, Solidspace develop the city fabric to accommodate new housing and people.

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Inclusive urban planning - creating a city for everyone

16 May 2018

‘Normkreativ’ (challenging and reshaping the accepted ‘norm’ in a creative way) and inclusive urban development has attracted great interest and is crucial for creating sustainable cities and communities. But how can this be achieved in practice? How can the city become more inclusive, equal and attractive to everyone? White Arkitekter...

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Putting students first

16 May 2018

The Centre Building is a state of the art flexible and highly sustainable academic and teaching building at the heart of LSE’s world-famous campus. With a pioneering design, LSE has encouraged its contractor Mace to seek out new ways of delivering a complex building in a constrained environment.

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Wellness and Architecture: Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion - SOLD OUT waiting list only

16 May 2018

Wellness is at the forefront of the sustainable design discourse, but how well are we doing as an industry in creating places which promote health and wellbeing? Is the success limited to isolated case studies or are we consistently delivering better places?

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Designing for people or designing for density – Can we continue to create urban live-ability at ever increasing densities?

16 May 2018

Prompted by the omission of the density matrix from the New London Plan, a panel will discuss place-making, and consider the drivers that will direct appropriate density in future housing development within London. The panel will compare this within London’s surrounds, as well as further afield, with a range of...

Health and Housing

17 May 2018

How can we promote and secure long-term health outcomes, specifically concerning the extensive supply of new housing across the UK? The event will seek to comprehensively explore the barriers faced by professionals in raising greater consciousness around healthy housing and how collectively, we can drive change towards sustainable housing developments...

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Cities for People

17 May 2018

Great engineering shapes the city for the people, enhancing well-being with the minimum use of resources. Cities are exciting places to work, every site is woven into its neighbourhood with respect to infrastructure, community, history and future potential. We will share the challenges we have overcome, at differing scales.

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An Exploration of White Collar Factory - SOLD OUT waiting list only

17 May 2018

Two groups will take part in an experiment exploring responses to White Collar Factory – a building with innovative sustainability and long-term research at its heart. One group will be made up of built environment professionals and the other from the local community around Old Street.

Do Not Consult: Co-creation in Plan Making

17 May 2018

There is a lot of support for the principle that pro-active planning is better than retroactive development control if the aim is to create cities and neighbourhoods that enable people and economies to flourish. Although this principle has theoretically been at the heart of the planning system from the Town...

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South Thamesmead: Designing a Liveable Neighbourhood

17 May 2018

Peabody’s regeneration of South Thamesmead is an ambitious long-term project that focuses on the integration of existing communities and acknowledges the importance of creating not only physical connections with the existing urban context but also metaphorical links to the local history, culture and people.

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The Zero Carbon Myth - SOLD OUT waiting list only

17 May 2018

Year on year, the requirements to limit energy use, and therefore to limit carbon emissions, have been tightened. The Mayor now includes a ‘zero carbon’ requirement in the London Plan but, what does zero carbon actually mean?Our hypothesis is that we are propagating a zero carbon myth.

What is the future of last-mile logistics?

17 May 2018

London is a thriving city and as the capital grows, the demands placed on business to get their goods and services to their customers naturally increases. However, space is at a premium and balancing the demands for housing, green space and public realm often conflicts with the functional needs of...

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Tools for human-centred design - SOLD OUT waiting list only

17 May 2018

Buildings are meant for people. By situating the user at the heart of the design process, we can create more meaningful, sustainable and healthier spaces. Through the following presentations, the event will discuss a range of tools that help improve human experience of buildings and cities using innovative design strategies.

Benefits of ‘Healthy Streets’ and Opportunities and Barriers to Their Delivery on London’s Southbank

17 May 2018

BWB Consulting Ltd, in conjunction with our local Business Improvement District (BID) ‘Better Bankside’, are delighted to deliver this event which will explore how we can ‘put people first’ when it comes to planning, designing, delivering and maintaining excellent quality streets and public realm.

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The Role of BIM in Smart Cities - SOLD OUT waiting list only

17 May 2018

Information Overload or the Smart Application of New Technology? How will this improve the sustainability of our city and what tools do we need to employ to make the most of this opportunity? Will we continue to shape and be shaped by our city or are we simply consumers in...

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Wellbeing in retail - The ideal day in the life of M&S workers

18 May 2018

Designing for health and wellbeing in retail stores is key to promote employees' as well as customers' satisfaction.

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Making space for nature and beauty - SOLD OUT waiting list only

18 May 2018

London is home to some of the world’s finest urban parks and gardens. The challenge is how can we connect people to green space and ensure there are more trees, less pollution and nature becomes part of everyone’s everyday lives.

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Embracing Calm for Healthier City Living

18 May 2018

Amidst the growth in urban living, cities are traditionally looked at as dominated by noise, congestion and pollution. Tranquil City aims to challenge that perception, by exploring what tranquillity means for city dwellers, promoting areas of calm and quiet, and demonstrating how tranquillity can be found in the everyday.

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Green Sky Thinking's 'Live Magazine'

11 May 2018

Open City will be holding the Green Sky Thinking’s half-day conference on the 11th of May.