‘Community co-design for resilient infrastructure’ by Professor Sarah Bell, on Tuesday 29th October (room C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street) at 1.30pm.
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Infrastructure resilience requires wide stakeholder engagement, including with local communities and households. This is a challenge for professions, organisations and policies that have established cultures and expertise in top-down, centralised management of infrastructure. Co-design approaches have the potential to enable early, meaningful engagement of communities in infrastructure decisions, leading to stronger alignment between community and infrastructure resilience. This seminar will present tools for co-design of infrastructure that have been developed and tested through three case study projects in London. The cases are community planning for air quality interventions, decentralised infrastructure to address the water-energy-food nexus, and integrating sustainable drainage into a community roof garden design. Each project developed tools to enable communities to incorporate environmental science and engineering design principles into their discussions and decision. The projects have been funded by the EPSRC and NERC, in collaboration with a range of academic, industry and community partners.
Sarah Bell is Professor of Environmental Engineering at University College. She is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Fellow working on bottom-up approaches to infrastructure resilience. She is the Director of the Engineering Exchange, which aims to connect local community groups with researchers in engineering and the built environment. Her most recent book ‘Urban Water Sustainability’ was published in 2018 by Routledge Earthscan.
The seminar will take place at 1.30pm in room C1, in the George Begg Building on Sackville Street– number 17 on the map here https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=14
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