MAGIC is an £4.3M, 5-year EPSRC Grand Challenge on Future Cities – ‘engineering approaches that restore the balance between engineered and natural systems’. It is a collaboration between Cambridge, Imperial College London and Surrey University.


Imagine a city with no air pollution or heat-island.

This vision provides a unifying focus for global issues of sustainability, resilience, resource use efficiency and societal health and wellbeing. It impacts all aspects of city life, from central planning to individual action and response, and addresses the adaptations and changes expected from advances in technology, population, social expectations, and climate.

 While the goal of a city with zero heat island and pollution levels is probably not strictly attainable, it is critically important that it remains the target as a ‘holy grail’: as something to be strived for and to provide a beacon for decisions.

What is needed is a roadmap to ensure that decisions taken as cities evolve lead to a sustainable future. The key to progress is the ability to treat the city as a complete, integrated system.


Principal Investigator

Paul Linden, DAMTP Cambridge

Lead Co- Investigators

Christopher Pain– Imperial College London
Alan Robins– Surrey


Post-doctoral Researchers

Megan Davies Wykes– DAMTP
Shiwei Fan– Chemistry, Cambridge
William Lin– Engineering, Surrey
Laetitia Mottet– Architecture, Cambridge & Imperial College London
Jiyun Song– DAMPT/Architecture, Cambridge
Dunhui Xiao– Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London
Huw Woodward– Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London