The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
(Science and Technology)
8th Ordinary Meeting and
Annual General Meeting
of the 178th Session of the Society
High Technology Road Surfaces:
The Engineering of 21st Century Streetscapes
Senior Lecturer, Civil and Offshore
Engineering Department, Heriot-Watt University
Streets today can be designed to form a sympathetic element of the
hard landscape of a city, whilst at the same time playing an active
part in the ecosystem of the city environment - reducing noise, absorbing
noxious gases, and collecting and filtering run-off water.
The future may see surfaces that are intelligent and can adapt to the
particular needs of the environment.
Over the coming decade Edinburgh's streets will become an open-air
laboratory for some of the latest concepts in road engineering.