Urban Design Summit | UDG at COP 26

Broadcasting live from Glasgow!

Join us next Wednesday 10 November for a day long Urban Design Summit jam packed with an incredible line up and a key note session on Climate Repair.

We have Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE from the Centre for Climate Repair at the University of Cambridge discussing the role of the built environment in its contribution to energy use and associated carbon emissions. What are the key drivers in the use of energy and how can that use be significantly reduced? 

Dr Kristina Hill, Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley will be focusing on how rising seas will produce a cascade of impacts on coastal urban districts that are still not well understood. She will look at developing strategies, including creating floating districts on what is currently dry land, and how they could help us prepare for both rising seas and earthquakes, and conserve our biodiversity.

Professor Zongbo Shi from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham will be discussing how we adapt to decreasing air quality highlighting potential unanticipated consequences of landscape re-designing, such as afforestation, which could produce volatile organic compounds and contribute to regional air pollution.

Our final guest for the key note session is Dr Maya Negev from the School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Israel whose research focuses on the science-policy interface of environmental health, with a particular interest in chemical regulation, climate change and ecosystem services. For our event she will focus on the barriers and facilitators for creating healthy hot and dry cities. Who are the stakeholders that should be engaged in the process? 

And much more... 

Capacity building workshops, collaborative roundtable conversations, interviews, and presentations from the finalists of our new People Friendly Place Award along with the launch of the cross-industry Climate Framework.


  • People Friendly Places are Planet Friendly Places
  • Launch of the Climate Framework
  • Creating Climate Safe Streets


  • Climate Repair
  • Community Conversations - Community Sustainability Hubs