„Putting the Smart Into Cities” with SL Rasch

Documentation on the Contribution of Engineering to Sustainable Urban Development

The recently published documentation by the British Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in collaboration with the publishing and communications company St. James House focuses on the future of urban development and shows companies that can contribute to its sustainable design from an engineering perspective. In addition to this cross-disciplinary documentation, short case studies have been produced to highlight these companies, their projects and their visions for the future individually. As a design & build expert in the field of lightweight architecture, SL Rasch was chosen to be part of these productions.

Civil engineering has a major impact on many areas of our daily lives. Whether it’s housing, train stations, car parks, bridges, transport systems, urban planning, tunnels or wind turbines, the work of engineers is behind and underpins these developments. The demand is great: millions of people around the world are moving to cities every day, which is why they need to grow sustainably. The term smart city is on everyone’s lips – but it’s about much more than technology, digitalisation or connectivity. It is about harmonising these aspects with the needs of the inhabitants and creating a safe and comfortable place for them to live. The necessary construction measures should be in harmony with environmental protection, the well-being of the population and technological progress.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) was founded in the UK over 200 years ago to make the work of civil engineers, often invisible to the public, more visible and tangible. Already back then, the aim was to make the art and science that the profession unites more visible to society. Today, the association has more than 100,000 members worldwide. A large number of successful members are responsible for the planning and realisation of major projects worldwide, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Panama Canal. The network also advises political and business leaders on building and adapting infrastructure to create a more sustainable world. It also aims to transfer expertise, knowledge and experience to newcomers to the sector who will shape urban development in the future.

The enormous contribution that engineering makes to urban development is also the subject of the initiative that the ICE has now launched in collaboration with the media company St James House. “The Future of Engineering” acts as a platform that provides insights into the diverse world of engineering in the form of freely accessible multimedia content.

“Putting the Smart into Cities”, published in this context, addresses the challenges of urban life and presents innovative ideas and industry representatives with their expertise, pioneering projects and visions. The focus is on solutions ranging from infrastructure and communications to buildings that can enable sustainable urban development. In addition to being featured in the documentary, SL Rasch is also one of the selected partner organisations portayed in a separate case study:

We would like to thank St James House for the great collaboration and wish everyone involved every success with the initiative. We are delighted to be part of the project and hope that our work and vision for the future will inspire young graduates, industry professionals and people outside the industry to get involved in engineering.

We’re thrilled to be launching this important initiative and documentary series at the global home of civil engineering. The thought leaders, engineering pioneers and graduates featured in this project are tackling some of the greatest challenges facing humanity, today and tomorrow, and their contributions are both insightful and inspiring. Richard Freed Founder St. James House
The ICE’s vision for the future is really embodied in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and we work very hard to try and support the delivery of those. We need to deliver all those SDGs in a way that helps people and the planet to thrive. David Porter Vice president of the ICE