12 November 2020
1:00 pm



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Reading 2050: a smart and sustainable city? – a Twitter Q&A with experts from the University of Reading

The continuing impact of extreme global weather events and the recent coronavirus pandemic have placed our cities and urban areas under huge pressures. Probably for the first time since the Second World War these events are testing the sustainability and resilience of our cities and their infrastructures to the limits. In an uncertain world we will need to reconcile ourselves to whether cities need to re-densify or de-densify, and what will be the impacts of the pandemic on longer-term patterns of working and living? How can technology improve response times and resilience in urban emergencies without endangering privacy? What sort of communities will we want to belong to when the pandemic is over, but when climate change is still a burning reality? How will our communities and urban environments evolve in response to this crisis and longer-term environmental pressures?

The Reading 2050 project was established in 2013 by the University of Reading, Barton Willmore and Reading UK CIC to deliver a strategic, long-term vision that will support Reading’s growth and prosperity, and help ensure we can deliver a legacy of a truly smart and sustainable city, by 2050.

In this Twitter Q&A, Professors Tim Dixon and Lorraine Farrelly from the School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading will answer questions posed to them, using the hashtag #Reading2050, on how Reading can become a smart and sustainable city of the future.

Twitter: @UniofReading

Reading Climate Festival is a week-long programme of free events to inspire action on climate change, curated by Reading Climate Action Network.

Twitter: @ReadingCAN
Facebook: @ReadingCAN


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