Cities have always experimented with controlled environments designed to sustain and enhance human life. New technologies, urbanisation, and a changing climate are altering how we interact with nature in cities. There is strategic interest in creating artificial environments that enhance urban atmospheres and ecologies.
The theme examines whether controlled environments create new system-wide infrastructural responses designed to maintain and improve urban ecologies.
– Is the capacity to create controlled urban ecologies a key international economic, social and security priority?
– How, and where, are new processes of environmental and atmospheric enclosure developing across different domains of urban life?
– What forms of knowledge, technologies and practices support the production of controlled urban environments?
– What tensions are associated with controlled environments designed to insulate urban spaces from atmospheric and ecological turbulences?
An Urban research agenda on microclimatic enclosure
CITY MATERIALS, URBAN DIMENSIONS – The Institute for Culture and Society & the Urban Institute call for papers
24 May 2017 – Volumetric Urbanism: Charting new urban divisions Public Lecture
24-26 May 2017 – ‘Volumetric Urbanism: Charting new urban divisions’, An International Workshop
International network of the German Academy of Spatial Research and Planning (ARL): 3 year working group (from 2016) on smart cities.
ESRC international network (INCUT) – final meeting on smart and sustainability (Sept 2016 in Sheffield)
‘Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand’ Early Career Researcher network – producing a working paper collection as part of EPSRC network funding awarded by the Balance Network.