ISOCARP @ CeBIT 2017

Public Sector Parc: The road to smart cities

Four conferences at CeBIT present intelligent concepts and technologies for the cities of tomorrow

The Public Sector Parc at CeBIT 2017 is expanding its program. For the first time, the public sector will be accompanied by a series of satellite conferences. “Smart urbanism”, in other words concepts and technologies for safe, clean, and efficient cities, are the focus of the conferences. On 22 March ISOCARP will organize a convergence ´Beyond Smart Cities – Towards Smart Urbanism´. Speakers from the technology sector, research, and urban planning are scheduled along, with a series of panel talks.

“It goes without saying that efficiency is a goal that everyone can get behind, but can it really be applied one-to-one to our major urban centers?

The event will be a plea for smart urbanism instead of an uncritical call for smart cities. Smart urbanism can be used to find solutions that modern urban planning forgot: The metabolism of the cities – the various shifting relationships between urban life and nature ask: What do we include? What do we get rid of? And how efficiently are we doing this? 

The conference will highlight the opportunities and challenges inherent in this transformation and promote globally integrated urbanism. The purpose is to enable cities around the world to learn more quickly and develop effective strategies together creating a 21st century that advances urban areas, and incorporates technology into social innovations.”

Didier Vancutsem, ISOCARP Secretary General

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