Sustainable Regeneration - from Evidence-based Urban Futures to Implementation builds directly upon research conducted by the team through previous projects, namely: Birmingham Eastside, VivaCity2020 and Water Cycle Management for New Developments (WaND), along with research into the use of trees to diminish the effects of atmospheric pollution at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC).
The first six months of the project were dedicated to developing the future scenarios and a set of indicators against which eight previously identified, key sustainability areas can be tested. Thereafter the very different urban characteristics that might derive from these scenarios were established, with the input from the complete range of discipline backgrounds encompassed within the project.
Work then focused upon conducting detailed research into the eight sustainability topic areas with the purpose of developing a strong evidence base against which to test the urban forms deriving from the future scenarios.
Case Studies and Testing:
Birmingham Eastside, Lancaster and Worcester are being used as case study sites to develop and test sustainability ideas. The team is also running small-scale, topic-specific research internationally as well as 'beta testing' outcomes with practitioners.