The UK Green Building Council’s inaugural City Conference brought together 100 built environment business leaders, industry experts and officials from Manchester and the rest of the UK over two days.
UK-GBC wanted to host a conference with a difference – with less one-way conversations and more interactive sessions. They approached Useful Projects to design and facilitate practical hands-on high-energy workshop sessions on both days of the event.
Working with Manchester City Council, our proposal was to use the conference to develop a vision that could inform their 10 Year Strategy. In the first day, delegates applied the vision to three real development sites in Manchester – developing proposals for the sites and then pitching them to a panel of ‘dragons’ at the end of the day.
In building the vision, discussions ranged from the role of collaborative governance, new economic thinking to ensure development benefited everyone, to the role of innovation and rapid prototyping of the built environment.
Day 2 was an opportunity for the UKGBC membership to contemplate its role in delivering sustainable cities and how it would partner with the City Council to deliver the radical transformation required to meet social and environmental goals.
The workshop sessions were very well received and the city of Manchester has welcomed the outputs which will influence their long-term plans.