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Launch of InnovateUK Future Cities Demonstrator Report

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Wed 18 November 2015

Launch of InnovateUK Future Cities Demonstrator Report

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Wed 18 November 2015,

In 2012 InnovateUK launched its Future Cities Demonstrator project. Cities are engines for innovation and growth. People in cities tend to be more productive, wealthier, better educated, and more likely to start a new business than those in small towns and rural areas. Cities also make better use of resources. But with populations rising, how do we plan, design and manage cities that can cope with things like pressures on resources and increased waste, while meeting carbon and climate goals?

The Future Cities Demonstrator project aimed to explore the challenges and opportunities around shaping the urban environment for future generations. Four cities – Bristol, Glasgow, London and Peterborough – were supported to enable businesses to test, in practice, new solutions for connecting and integrating individual city systems. This allowed the cities to explore new approaches to delivering a good local economy and excellent quality of life, whilst reducing the environmental footprint and increasing resilience to environmental change. Another 26 feasibility studies were completed by other cities. Glasgow was awarded the overall winner with Bristol, London and Peterborough confirmed as smaller scale demonstrators. This event launches the follow-up report.

Speakers include: Steve Bowyer, Joe Dignan, Eleri Jones, Lee Omar, Mike Pitts and Gary Walker.

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