Breakfast Briefing: Why good neighbourhood design might be all about children
Research by ZCD Architects over the last few years has revealed the extent to which social use of external spaces can vary significantly between developments, depending on their layout. Most importantly, children's independent play may be at the heart of the success stories. The practice's most recent research, Neighbourhood Design: working with children towards a child friendly city, was carried out with children on an inner city estate in Hackney. It is already having an impact on the draft London plan, the new Housing Design Guidance for London and policies at a more local level.
Future City Catapult drop-in session for SMEs
Every two weeks, Future Cities Catapult’s SME development team will be hosting 45-minute drop-in sessions at the Urban Innovation Centre.
Lunchtime Lecture: Smarter cities, empowered communities
Cities are nothing without the citizens and communities that bring them to life. But similarly, the day-to-day living and quality of life of those citizens and communities is dependent on a city’s infrastructure and associated services. But gathering the data needed to maintain and optimise urban infrastructure (using precise physical sensors for example) can be costly when it comes to procurement, installation and maintenance of data gathering tech.