Tuesday, June 11

Responding to Urban Growth: What are we going to do about it?

To understanding factors, emerging trends, unusual cases and economic and social consequences derived from urbanization and population distribution, taking into account the differences and context-related issues.

Paul James, FRSA, Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Cities Programme, and Director of the Global Cities Institute (RMIT University)
Banashree Banerjee , IHS Rotterdam and the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
- Gus Zoogolovitch, Solid Spaces
- Nicolas Detrie , Camping Marseille
Roger Savage, Atkins
- Simon Bransfield Garth, Azuri Technologies (t.b.c)
- Julio Davila, Director of the Development Planning Unit, UCL (t.b.c)

- Claudio Acioly jr., Head Capacity Development Unit, UN-HABITAT
- Derek Martin, CEO IFHP

According to UN, two third of the world population will be living in urban environments by 2042 and in two generations “city” will be synonymous with “society”. To some extent the future of our cities will be determined by emerging divergent trends. In fact, while certain cities are constantly growing, others are stable or even shrinking. We would like to focus on emerging patterns of urbanization and population distribution. The objective of the program is to describe and analyze the social and economic causes and consequences of currently emerging patterns of urbanization and population distributions in different contexts.

In particular we would like to address the following questions
- How can urban planning respond to the challenges associated with rapid uncontrolled urban growth/shrinkage?
- Which are the new approaches to urban planning to improve social equality and  living conditions in slums?
- What are the roles of the different actors operating in the city evolution?
- How have cities integrated urban planning and transport management?
- What lessons could be drawn from the urban projects which have transformed existing cities  and in the expansion areas?
- How can urban planning encourage the creation of compact and short distance cities? Which land management strategies are developed for these propose?

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