The aim of the workshop was to take the first steps towards developing a smart and sustainable vision for Reading UK 2050.
Working in groups we ran three main sessions during the workshop. In the first two sessions each group was asked to focus the context of their response to the question asked, around one of three key elements – reflecting the 3 pillars of development
What should Reading look like in 2050? How will it feel and what will it be like living there? How do we join smart technologies with sustainable thinking in Reading to set it apart, building on the strengths Reading already has?
What do we need to do, and by when, to achieve the Smart and Sustainable vision for Reading? This included the following key elements in the ‘roadmaps’ that were produced:
This session focuses upon integrating the thinking from the earlier sessions into the fabric of Reading. This focused on scoping out the physical changes which could support the smart and sustainable vision, both in the short, medium and long term. Group work examined, through base maps at large and smaller scales, how specific key developments might emerge and what infrastructure changes were needed.
We used ‘postcards from the future’ to summarise the thinking of groups in sessions 1 and 2, and these were at the heart of developing the urban design scenarios for session 3.