Call for papers: Sustainable City 2016

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Dates: 12 - 14 July 2016


Where: Alicante, Spain

Conveners: Wessex Institute and University of Alicante

The 11th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability addresses all aspects of the urban environment, aiming to provide solutions leading towards sustainability. The Sustainable City 2016 Conference follows a series of very successful meetings that started in Rio (2000), followed by Segovia (2002), Siena (2004), Tallinn (2006), Skiathos (2008), A Coruña (2010), Ancona (2012), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Siena (2014) and Medellin (2015).

The Conference addresses the multidisciplinary aspects of urban planning; a result of the increasing size of the cities; the amount of resources and services required and the complexity of modern society. Most of earth’s population now lives in cities and the process of urbanisation still continues generating many problems deriving from the drift of the population towards them. These problems can be resolved by cities becoming efficient habitats, saving resources in a way that improves the quality and standard of living. The process however, faces a number of major challenges, related to reducing pollution, improving main transportation and infrastructure systems. New urban solutions are required to optimise the use of space and energy resources leading to improvements in the environment, ie reduction in air, water and soil pollution as well as efficient ways to deal with waste generation. These challenges contribute to the development of social and economic imbalances and require the development of new solutions. Large cities are probably the most complex mechanisms to manage. However, despite such complexity they represent a fertile ground for architects, engineers, city planners, social and political scientists, and other professionals able to conceive new ideas and time them according to technological advances and human requirements.

The challenge of planning sustainable cities lies in considering their dynamics, the exchange of energy and matter, and the function and maintenance of ordered structures directly or indirectly, supplied and maintained by natural systems.

Conference Topics
The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Sustainable City 2016. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Urban strategies
  • Urban planning and design
  • Urban development and management
  • Urban conservation and regeneration
  • The community and the city
  • Eco-town planning
  • Landscape planning and design
  • Environmental management
  • Sustainable energy and the city
  • Transportation
  • Quality of life
  • Socio-economic and political considerations
  • Cultural quarters and interventions
  • Waterfront development
  • Case studies – sustainable practices
  • Architectural issues
  • Cultural heritage issues
  • Appropriate technologies for smart cities
  • Planning for resilience
  • Disaster and emergency response
  • Urban safety and security
  • Waste management
  • Urban infrastructure
  • Urban metabolism

Submission Information
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication must be presented at the conference. The language of the conference will be English.

Presenters at Sustainable City 2016 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in one of the International Scientific Journals published by the Wessex Institute.

Online submission
Source: Sustainable City 2016

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