2010 Congress Report, Nairobi, Kenya
“Sustainable City / Developing World”
The 46th ISOCARP Congress on “Sustainable City / Developing World” was hosted by the City of Nairobi, and was the first such Congress to be held in sub-Saharan Africa since ISOCARP was formed in 1965.The Congress brought together 800 architects, engineers, town planners and environment specialists from 50 countries around the world.
Delegates explored ideas around the roles of spatial planning and urban design for sustainability; tensions between environmental sustainability, economic efficiency and social equity. They explored in some depth the concept of sustainable cities and the complex dynamics that make sustainable cities achievable.
The delegates identified five big ideas for achieving sustainable cities. These were defined as Integration (at different levels and in a variety of ways); Resilience (not only for post-disaster recovery but also reducing vulnerability and building capability in cities, regardless of disasters); Economic growth (accompanied by employment generation and through optimum resource use with minimal negative environmental impact); a Dialogue with
Traditional urban design and built form (to build resilience, ensure efficiency and encourage social cohesion, among others); and finally Flexibility and Adaptability of planning instruments (including legislations, plans, regulations, byelaws and financing instruments).