Sustainability Summit

Disruptive sustainable city technologies

Cities, which are now inhabited by a majority of the world’s population, are not only an important source of global environmental and resource depletion problems, but can also act as important centres of technological innovations and social learning for a low carbon future. Planning and managing large-scale transitions in cities to deal with these pressures require an understanding of urban retrofitting at city scale. So which ‘disruptive’ and ‘sustaining’ technologies can contribute to city-based sustainability transitions?

At the end of this panel, attendees will be able to:

  • List at least 3 Disruptive Sustainable City Technologies
  • Explain briefly how disruptive’ and ‘sustaining’ technologies can contribute to urban sustainability
  • List at least 3 planning and managing issues urban planners will need to deal with when urban retrofitting at a city scale
  • Be able to articulate the basis of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it could influence urban planning and design

Competency Standard – Design: Schematic Design
Relates to: 4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design.

Session Information

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David Baggs

Global Greentag


Aidan Mullan



Davina Jackson

Honorary Academic University of Kent School of Architecture



Nicci Leung