The search for the world's most loveable sustainable city 2015 is about to begin. 49 finalist cities will be revealed on 26 January 2015. Earth Hour invites people all over the world to nominate and vote for cities that have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the creation of sustainability. Get ready to join the celebration, share what you love about your favorite cities, and submit suggestions on how they can become more sustainable.
Like its two previous editions, the 2015 Biennial of Public Space will draw inspiration from dozens of local, national and international events promoted by local authorities, universities, citizens’ associations, professional and cultural organizations, and international organizations to share challenges, experiences and good practices. Their outcomes, together with parallel laboratories and plenary sessions, will flow into a concluding event hosted by the School of Architecture of Roma Tre University, located in the newly reconquered and renovated public space of the former Testaccio abattoir. PARTICIPATE
In 2010, in Mexico, 77.1% of women and 76.5% of men lived in urban zones. In 2015, 70 Million inhabitants live in metropolitan zones, which represent 57% of the total population. In 2012 45.5% of the population was poor of which 9.8% were extremely poor. In urban areas these percentages were 40.6% and 6.3% respectively. The Mexican cities like other Latin-‐America are economically and culturally attractive poles, that should offer true opportunities to its inhabitants. Nevertheless the cities’ dynamics in the last decades -‐ characterized by the application of structural adjustment policies -‐ has converted them into places of great poverty, inequality, social exclusion, disordered spatial development, real estate speculation, and accentuated environmental deterioration. The afore mentioned has caused high rates of violence and crime that have reached endemic levels, according to what is mentioned in the United Nations Program for Development (PNUD), and are increasingly present in Mexican cities and metropolitan areas.
The afore mentioned inequality is accentuated in women who have to face both social and gender inequalities. Women confront a more precarious labor situation; at the same time the number of households under the leadership of women has increased in urban areas. A low level of political representation of women limits their capacity to influence any public policy including urban design. Part of their day to day worries are unsafe public spaces, and their involvement in facing disasters. Living quarters in dormitory cities do not respond to women’s needs to access basic, urban and health services, their needs to develop successful businesses. Spatial structure of metropolitan areas difficult women’s productive, reproductive, and community work. Women work more intensely and for many more hours then men, which leads to physical and mental deterioration of great magnitudes, as well as reducing years of healthy life.
Removing these gaps through what has to be contained in the New Urban Agenda will benefit women, but also communities, cities, regions and countries.
The proposals to be developed in the Campus of Urban Thinkers are the ones we pretend to receive and systematize to deliver them to Habitat III in 2016.
Velo-city is ECF’s annual global summit on cycling, which will be held in Nantes, France in 2015. This event is the premier international conference on cycling. It is designed to promote the integration of urban cycle planning into all the relevant public policy sectors, including transport planning, land development, public health, education, environment, economy, energy and human rights. Bringing together those involved in policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programs, this year’s conference theme is “Cycling: Futuremaker”.
Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. Five successful editions have made this goal a reality.
Themed ‘Gearing Up the Global Tourism Cities Development: New Directions and Strategies’, the two day conference aim to provide tourism cities planners, government authorities, mayors, city councils, decision makers, and being C-level executives as well as related business leaders, with the knowledge and the connections they need in order to make valid planning and business decisions in terms of urban tourism products development and building sustainable tourism cities over the coming years.
Organized jointly by the Future of Places (Ax:son Johnson Foundation, UN-Habitat and Project for Public Spaces) with special support of Citynet, SDI and INU, the purpose of this global Urban Thinkers Campus is to provide an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers, particularly on the theme of public space. This constituency, who all believe that urbanization is an opportunity that can lead to positive urban transformations, are convinced that public space has important impact on our cities future and that public space therefore should be part of the New Urban Agenda. This platform seeks to build consensus between all partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges through public space which can propose solutions to urban futures. The purpose of the campus will be to, through drafting committees, contribute to the The City We Need positions and recommendations on public space directly to the Habitat III New Urban Agenda. PARTICIPATE
Under the theme ‘Our Architecture, Our Communities, Our Heritage’ the 11th African Union of Architects Congress will seek to explore and emphasize the importance of African heritage in Architectural design and explore how we Architects must play a pivotal role in ensuring this linkage. It will investigate the ideologies we have lived by for centuries and how they can be applied to design in order to ensure continuation of the spirit of the African community. Architects from all over Africa will debate development and changes in the architectural design and their effects on our communities, environment and ways of living. This is the largest gathering of Architects in Africa and it happens once every four years. It provides access to research and practice in the architectural profession within Africa. PARTICIPATE
Around the theme “The City That Need”, the Campus aims to bring in Cartagena urban thinkers, philosophers, writers, journalists, bloggers, developers and designers, city leaders and decision makers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, experts communication and marketing, and all those interested in urban infrastructure, technologies, standards, urban trends, and dynamics. With the exchange of ideas and presentation of the problems in the city, we can orient dynamic processes and shared to build it. This event will feature the global community of urban thinkers as the next step toward the formation of the New Urban Agenda and strengthening partnerships aimed at Habitat III Conference. PARTICIPATE
The 2015 Secovi Convention will focus on the best business strategies to adopt when faced with an unpredictable scenario. The Convention will take place over a duration of 4 days. The programme includes technical visits, real estate showcases, an International Urban Forum and a market overview presentation of the Sao Paulo Countryside. PARTICIPATE