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e-Sustainable Building Design and Engineering is an innovative technology enhanced e-learning portal supported by UrbanBuzz.

UrbanBuzz: WHAT?

The UrbanBuzz (2007-2009) - Building Sustainable Communities was a 2 year, £5 million programme that aimed to develop new ways of delivering genuinely sustainable forms of development and community in London and the wider Southeast region. UrbanBuzz was the University College London (UCL)-led programme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

UrbanBuzz: WHY?

In spite of policy and best intentions, there is little confidence that today's developments will form thriving and vital sustainable communities. The problem is not a lack of policy, will or knowledge, but a lack of coordination. There seems to be a lack of the right knowledge in the right places to inform development. Both the urban supply network and the research base are fragmented along disciplinary and organisational lines, and this stands in the way of developing sustainable communities.

UrbanBuzz: HOW?

UrbanBuzz recognised that knowledge is transferred by people, working together to solve problems. This programme funded cooperation to help make sure it happens. It has created a 3,000 strong network of professionals and practitioners at every major link in the supply chain and integrated these people - innovation fellows - with leading edge academics - the business fellows. They have worked together to identify and work on live development projects. Here they have brought evidence-based and participative processes and new knowledge to develop sustainable communities. By working together to solve shared problems on projects not only  academic disciplinary divisions have been bridged, but so too organisational fragmentation in the urban supply network. Ultimately successful networks and projects have built belief that sustainable communities are possible. UrbanBuzz funded twenty eight knowledge exchange projects. The closing conference was held at the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 2nd December 2008.

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