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Urbanism Lunch Hour: Connected cities and future mobility

May 15, 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:00 BST

We’re calling on Academicians to volunteer to speak at one of our upcoming series of our online Urbanism Lunch Hours. These events are open to all Academicians and Young Urbanist members.

This lunchtime session will look at the future of connected cities and mobility. It will be chaired by Andreas Markides, AoU Director and Managing Director of Markides Associates.

Connected Cities Model
Brian Q. Love, Chief Executive of Connected Cities

The ConnectedCity Methodology
ConnectedCities draws its inspiration from Ebenezer Howard’s Social Cities. The vision is for compact, high quality, walkable developments focused around existing and new railway stations. Groups of settlements – some existing, some new – are linked using existing rail corridors and clustered around a ‘hub town’. Together they form a ConnectedCity.

The methodology puts active travel and public transport at the heart of all new development. It was launched at the Houses of Parliament at the end of 2018 with a parliamentary debate, and a book launch at the RIBA.

Following a conference in Letchworth in conjunction with the New Garden Cities Alliance, a further conference in Euston on Metroisation of the Railways: ConnectedCiites with Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, as the keynote speaker will take place in October. In preparation a series of online seminars dealing with Metroisation Case Studies around the country are being held. The first studies the Devon Metro proposals, and new stations, settlements and rail services.

Brian Q Love is a Registered and Chartered Architect, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Town and Country Planning Association and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport. He is a Director of Love Architecture and Chief Executive of ConnectedCities ltd.

Delivering the West Midlands Connected and Autonomous Vehicle testbed – revving up the Midlands Engine!
Kevin Roeton, Principal Planning Consultant for WSP

We’re on the cusp of a transport revolution. The modes of travel we’re familiar with are facing competition from a wave of new, disruptive mobility services that will change how we travel, how goods are delivered and even when and where we work.

Kevin Roeton is a Principal Planning Consultant for WSP Future Mobility, proud Midlander and future urbanist. He is navigating Transport for West Midlands through the planning process in a time of innovation, trial and experimentation in the delivery of the first CAV testbed in the UK. He shares his professional thoughts on the way Future Mobility technologies such as CAV can change the fortunes of a City region and the wider Midlands:

  • Creating an Ecosystem
  • Connectivity
  • Delivery – the importance of local and regional government


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May 15, 2020
13:00 - 14:00 BST
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