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“Remaking our future: how only a radically different approach will solve the challenges of our times.”

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The UK, along with the rest of the world, is facing an unprecedented set of challenges: a rapid transition to a low carbon energy system, climate change, technological advancement and demographic change to name but a few. Each will have profound implications for our economy, communities and environment. Successful responses demand that we think differently about how we use land, create places, deliver infrastructure and generate growth.

While daunting, these challenges place us at an immensely exciting point in history. By bringing together the collective human capital of business, academia, the public sector and communities we have the opportunity to solve these problems in ways that are socially equitable and environmentally sustainable whilst ensuring that the economy works for us.

This session will explore these issues and the opportunities for using our built environments, landscapes and infrastructure in different ways and the delivery mechanisms we have at our disposal to make change happen.

Rob leads LDA Design’s Futures and Solar teams. He is passionate about understanding how places and societies are being shaped by the big global drivers of change. He has a vision for how climate change, decentralised energy and communication technologies are combining to fundamentally affect the way we use land, deliver infrastructure and generate growth.

He has become convinced that the next few decades will be a bumpy but an incredibly exciting time for societies.

Rob works with public, private and community sectors to help them understand the spatial and organisational implications of change. Rob has also led some of the largest and most challenging of renewable energy projects across the UK on behalf of many of the most successful developers.

He played a key role in developing early Government policy for supporting renewable energy and climate change action and is currently working with clients who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in a subsidy free transition to a low carbon economy.

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