What makes a sustainable city? Cardiff

13 January, 2016 | 17:30 - 19:30

Finding out more about what makes a city sustainable.
Finding out more about what makes a city sustainable.

About this event

From design to governance, Kirsten Henson will present ideas about what we can learn from developing countries and existing communities. She will explore the need for adaptable, flexible design that gives due consideration to the many trade-offs and balances associated with creating sustainable cities and suggest that the acceptance of soft-failure is fundamental to creating sustainable cities.

This event is organised by ICE Wales Cymru and supported by Cynnal Cymru|Sustain Wales.

Cynnal Cymru|Sustain Wales
Cynnal Cymru|Sustain Wales

Speaker

Kristen Henson

Kristen Henson
Kristen Henson

Kirsten is Director of KLH Sustainability, a sustainable construction consultancy based in London. She holds a masters degree in Civil Engineering and a second masters in Engineering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge University. She is a guest lecturer at a number of Universities including University of Cambridge and Newcastle University.

Kirsten has contributed to a number of master planning projects, providing technical advice on setting sustainability strategy, implementation and delivery. Her most notable contributions to date are on the London 2012 Olympic Park and Dubai Expo 2020. She continues her work on the regeneration of East London through KLH's role with the developer of 1500 zero carbon homes on the Queen Elizabeth Park.

In her role as a material specialist she has also been involved in widespread adoption of sustainable concrete and is currently challenging the sustainable use of aggregates in the UK construction industry. She is also a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme focussing on sport and sustainability.

Her recent awards include:

  • 2014 Small Business of the Year Award shortlist, Business Green Leaders Awards
  • 2013, Top 20 Women in Sustainable Architecture, Architects Journal
  • 2012, Sustainability Practitioner of the Year, EDIE Sustainability Leaders Awards
  • 2012, Top 20 Rising Sustainability Star, Building Magazine
  • 2012, Young Consultant of the Year Finalist, ACE/ICE
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