Members of staff from the Centre for Urban Infrastructures in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment organised a three-day seminar as part of a collaborative agreement with the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Shanghai.

The seminar involved 13 presentations on different aspects of strategic planning, including environmental and social sustainability in London and Shanghai. The topics presented ranged from the governance of strategic urban growth strategies to policy impacts at city, neighbourhood and street levels. Additional contributions were made by the Director of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, a leading consultant in economic development and a specialist with international experience in designing sustainable cities. Members of the Policy Studies Institute and the Eco-Cities Network also presented findings of recent research projects in England and China.

The outcome of the seminar was a commitment to extend and develop collaborative arrangements between our two universities, including the publication of a book on urban growth strategies, joint bids for research funding and the possible award of research scholarships for PhD students in order to undertake comparative research.

The event was co-organised by Professor Johan Woltjer, Director of the Centre for Urban Infrastructures and Professor Nick Bailey, Faculty Research Director.

The Centre for Urban Infrastructures brings together the specialist expertise of researchers in the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment. It has developed an international research reputation in freight and logistics, air, rail and bus transport, cycle movements, infrastructure development, planning and development, urban regeneration, housing and urban design, as well as public policy analysis in the UK and abroad. The Centre has well established networks in industry and practice and has published widely to a variety of academic and professional audiences.

The Centre aims:

  • To be at the forefront of theoretical, policy and applied aspects of urban infrastructures in the UK, Europe and internationally;
  • To contribute towards a University-wide strategy for research;
  • To encourage innovation and cross-fertilisation of ideas on wellbeing in cities, and the role of transport, infrastructure and urban planning;
  • To work closely with industry, policy, and other research centres where synergies occur;
  • To promote a strong research culture through dissemination, seminars and the promotion of impact.

Find out more about the University of Westminster’s Centre for Urban Infrastructures.

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