The Eco-cities of China

Wednesday 19th November 2008 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00

Peter Head, Director of Arup, Imperial Alumnus

Peter Head leads the team designing the new eco city at Dongtan, the first of a string of self-sustaining urban centres the size of a large western capital.

Recordings of the event

You can download presentation slides in pdf format or a recording of the speakers with their slides integrated into the presentation as a podcast in MPEG4 format.

Slides (PDF files):

Podcasts (MPEG4 files including audio and slides)

  • Part 1 Welcome and Peter Head (15MB)

  • Part 2 Nilah Shah and Lars Frederiksen (4MB)

  • Part 3 Panel Discussion and Close (9MB)

Podcast will play using a compatible software such as Quicktime or iTunes and should work on a video iPod.

Dongtan, an island in the mouth of the Yangtze river near Shanghai, aims to be three-quarters the size of Manhattan by 2040. In September he made the cover of Time magazine as one of the Heroes of the Environment. you can read what Time had to say about him here.

Peter was joined by two panellists from Imperial College who will comment on how the College is contributing to the project. Professor Nilay Shah is a co-director of the BP Urban Energy Systems Project which is working towards reducing the energy intensity of cities, and Dr Lars Frederiksen from the Business School, who is working on design-driven innovation and how we can learn from megaprojects.

Peter is a Director of Arup, heading up the newly integrated business of Planning and Integrated Urbanism. An Imperial alumnus, he spent the early part of his career in bridge building and received the OBE for services to industry for "delivering projects" for his work on the second Severn Crossing and other major works. He has recently been appointed Commissioner of the London Sustainable Development Commission for a second term.

Peter was selected to give the 2008 Brunel Lectures Series by The Institution of Civil Engineers. Entitled Entering the ecological Age: the engineer's role it provides useful reading for those who want to understand more about his thinking on? sustainable development.

The knowledge and experience gathered in the Dongtan project will be deseminated through Ecocit, a global network of academic, industry and public sector partners engaged in research whose goal is to make our cities not only sustainable ecologically, but to help them thrive economically - attracting companies, a skilled workforce, and building communities at ease with themselves.

The event was organised jointly with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College Business School and? Ecocit. The research work at the College and Ecocit is supported by the EPSRC, to investigate the processes associated with the planning, design and implementation of eco-cities. It had a special focus on Dongtan, on Chongming Island close to Shanghai. Ecocit is hosted at Imperial College.

Arup, the global design, engineering and business consultancy, is responsible for the master plan and design of Dongtan. Arup is pioneering new methods, technologies and systems to create an exemplar for eco-cities, and has played a crucial role in the creation of ecocit.

Wine was served after the lecture whenthere was plenty of opportunities to network with speakers, members and guests. About thirty members and guests joined the Friends' table at Ognisko, Exhibition Road.


Venue: Civil Engineering Department