The Roadshow travels with a team of internationally recognized experts, in the field of energy planning and design to help develop a sustainable agenda for cities and their neighbourhoods. The overall aim of the Roadshow team is towork closely with people from the hosting city, whether they be city leaders, energy planners, local architects, professionals, academics, students and citizens. The Roadshow spends 5 days in each hosting city to deliver energy and urban design fun-shops in which all local stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to join and to take ownership of the final outcomes, outcomes that will allow the cities resources, both people and energy, to be directed effectively, by highlighting the energy challenges and potentials to be found in their neighbourhoods, and to finally present a sustainable ‘City Vision’.The following report describes the activities and outcomes of the City-zen Preston Roadshow that took place in Lancashire (United Kingdom) between the 12th & 16th of November 2018.
The Preston Roadshow would not have been possible without the commitments and organisational efforts of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Preston City Council (PCC). Mike Thomas (UCLan Vice Chancellor), Michael Ahern (Chief Operating Officer) and David Taylor (Pro-Vice Chancellor) used all their resources and experience to help engage the project with the university campus, its staff and students, and the city as a whole during the preparations for the Preston SWAT Studio and later Roadshow. The university’s efforts were equally matched and supported by the valued efforts of Adrian Phillips (PCC Chief Executive) and Ben Hunt (PCC Community Engagement Officer).
The Roadshow team would like to take this opportunity to thank Ishwer Tailor (Honorary President of Gujarat Hindu Society) for his team’s support in reaching the citizens of the Broadgate area of Preston, and for making the Gujarat a home for the Roadshow. Special mentions must go to John Bridge (StudioJB) and Alban Cassidy (Cassidy & Ashton Architects, Preston) whose architectural enthusiasm and professional networks made the Roadshow a success.
The organisation and strategic thinking for the SWAT Studio and the Roadshow would be supported by the daily commitment of Preston City Council’s Tamar Raey (PCC Economic Officer) who was on board with the project from the outset. As leader on behalf of the Roadshow team Craig Martin wishes to thank Tamar for being the ‘go to’ person throughout the process and making the Roadshow an impactful success.
- Societal challenges
- Urban sustainability
- Carbon neutrality
- Co-creative design
- Energy transition
- Stakeholder engagement