In collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Lenny Koh of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre, Nick Taylor Buck has produced two short animations for inclusion in the ‘Regenerative Cities’ theme of the 2016 Disruptive Innovation Festival.

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event that invites thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, makers and learners to explore the question “The economy is changing – what do I need to know, experience and do?”. The DIF is a devolved event which takes place over a three-week period around the world from 7th to 25th November.

Using a mix of online and face to face events, participants have the opportunity to explore the economy through a different lens. Sessions demonstrate how people worldwide are challenging the current ‘take, make and dispose’ economic model.

The Urban Institute animations will be available from the following times:

Tuesday 8th November 16:30: Regenerative Cities: The Animation

In this short animation we span our five themes to discuss what regenerative cities are, and why we need them.  We first set the context by outlining the impact of cities, before talking about how cities are conceptualised in various ways, using systems thinking, urban metabolism and urban ecosystems as examples. We conclude by touching on the future of cities.


Tuesday 8th November 17:30: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

In this animation we discuss what the Water-Energy-Food Nexus is, why it could be seen as important to the future of our cities due to the interlinked nature of these critical services, and the potential of the concept in combatting silo thinking. This links closely with the UI themes of Co-producing Urbanisms and Infrastructure in Action, our ongoing work on integrated infrastructures through the WUN Integrated Infrastructure Network, and the forthcoming ‘Resource Futures for Sustainable Urbanisation (REFURB)’ International workshop on 21st November 2016.


Both animations were designed and animated by Rachel Sparkes with the help of Kris Holmes.