Population growth, energy poverty, liveability, and climate change are major challenges cities will face in the future. Rapid population growth in cities has increased pressure on the environment, resource use and infrastructure through natural habitat loss, increased consumption of energy, water and materials, and urban sprawl. Energy poverty is also an important issue in cities as many people with low incomes are unable to access energy services, which can be a seriously detriment to their health and wellbeing. Climate change will also continue to make a significant impact on cities’ services, ecosystems and human health. Effectively responding to this requires new thinking, approaches and technologies to deliver better solutions that can enable the restoration of ecosystems, the transition towards low carbon living, the acceleration of sustainable, resilient and smart cities, and the creation of positive impacts on the environment, society and economy.
The High Performance Architecture (HPA) research cluster develops multi-disciplinary, collaborative and integrative approaches to addressing major challenges facing our cities. HPA research, leadership and innovation towards sustainable, resilient, regenerative and smart cities covers the following areas: