Congress Tracks

    1      THE GLOBAL VIEW: Climate Change Impacts, Sustainability and Resilience

  • Climate change and towns, cities and regions – how are, and will, they be affected?
  • Climate change scale and pace – which narrative should planners take as credible – the optimistic view that ‘we still have enough time to mitigate and adapt’, or the pessimistic view that ‘we must declare a global emergency’?
  • Sustainability/mitigation vs resilience/adaptation agendas – what are the corresponding urban planning paradigms, and which one do we prioritise?
  • The role of national, state, regional and local authorities – what is it, and what does that mean for statutory planning?
  • Climate change-induced migrations and climate refugees – how do we plan for them?
  • The future of planning – is it turning into disaster and risk management?


     2      SPOTLIGHT CITIES: Planning for Coastal Cities, Remote Towns, and High North Cities

  • The impacts – what are the main categories of actual and expected impacts?
  • The risks – what locations and types of urban areas are particularly at risk?
  • Coastal towns and cities – adaptive strategies?
  • Towns and cities in remote/rural/mountainous areas – adaptive strategies?
  • Towns and cities in and near the Arctic Circle – adaptive strategies?
  • Urban size, form, location and site: what makes a place more sustainable and resilient?


    3      CLIMATE-PROOF CITIES: Planning for Weather, Water, Food and Energy

  • Towns and cities in hot and arid areas – adaptive strategies?
  • Towns and cities in hot and humid areas – adaptive strategies?
  • Towns and cities in moderate climates – adaptive strategies?
  • Towns and cities in cold climates – adaptive strategies?
  • Green infrastructure, ecosystem services, storm-water management
  • Urban agriculture: how to integrate food, fiber, fuel production?
  • Energy conservation, generation, storage and distribution
  • Risk management, climate-induced disaster response, recovery and rebuilding


    4      TECHNOLOGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE: Clean, Green, Smart and Resilient

  • How does the ‘urban technology nexus’ (IT, CT, ET, TT, BT) affect urban metabolism?
  • Infrastructure systems: how do we reinvent the concept and the configurations?
  • ICT and the ‘smart city’; ‘sentient city; ‘wise city’; ‘green intelligence’
  • Disaster preparedness and ‘smart resilience’
  • The future of transport technology and infrastructure
  • The future of energy technology and infrastructure
  • The future of building and construction technology
  • Urban form, urban flows and the design for smart, adaptable spaces
  • What are the economic opportunities in technological innovation for sustainability and resilience?


    5      SOCIAL NETWORKS: Citizen Participation, Urban Governance and Cultural Transformation

  • How will climate change affect citizen participation and local democracy?
  • Governance, management, administration and planning systems
  • Social networks, collaboration and the role of ICT
  • Citizens’ beliefs, attitudes and behavior, green lifestyles, local politics and culture
  • The role of race, age and gender issues in planning for climate change
  • Sustainability and resilience in urban tourism


    6      CONTEMPORARY PLANNING PRACTICE: Projects and Paradigms

  • Demographic, social, cultural, political, economic, technological change: which forces are driving the transformation of planning practice today?
  • Disruption, experimentation, innovation and creativity in planning: should they be part of local government planning. Or, the official planning should rather ‘play it safe’ in an unsafe world?
  • New economic paradigms and the city (ecological; steady-state; circular; shared; people-centered; knowledge; creative – economy): how do we plan for their spatial consequences?
  • Examples and models: large scale public and private projects world-wide;
  • Master planning and urban design: case studies world-wide.
  • Buildings, infrastructure and property development: new energy, water, waste, safety and security standards.

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