IGMC 3-D animation film premiered at the GFHS 2018
IGMC 3-D animation film premiered at the GFHS 2018
The International Green Model City (IGMC) 3-D animation film was grandly premiered at the 2018 Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2018) which was successfully convened as an important observance of the World Cities Day 2018 at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand on 30-31October. IGMC 3D animation film can be accessed via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnpSeiO1ikw&feature=youtu.be
Inspired by IGMC Standards 3.0, the film was produced based on the life of the SaSa family of three who live in a Southern Chinese city. It displays what a future greener city should look like in terms of ecology, traffic, CBD, neighborhood and smartness. The film therefore envisions a beautiful city with clean air, a well-connected city with unimpeded traffic flow, a livable city with convenient facilities, and a smart city filled with happiness.
IGMC animation film – the CBD
At the premiere show, four selected young kids from China and Thailand representing the masters of future cities shared their visions. For instance, a six-year-old little girl wishes to enjoy a vibrant harmonious community life with rich biodiversity, a girl at the age of 12 hopes to have convenient and walking environment in a city, and another boy imagines that in future cities the building itself generates electricity, the robot works, the car can fly, people can go for the interstellar tour, and the toy can be 3D printed at home, whereas a high-school girl anticipates that all resources in the future city can be recycled and reused, and there will be no waste and pollution. The film captures all the aspirations and presents a future city that is safe, harmounious, equitable, unique, prosperous, and sustainable.
IGMC animation film – balcony garden at Sasa’s home
Whilst the film sets a great vision for future greener cities, the IGMC Standards 3.0 offers comprehensive strategies and practical ways. IGMC Standards 3.0 is an assessment and planning tool for sustainable urban development and provides technical means and evaluation methods for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda at local and community levels. Rooted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, the vision of "IGMC Standards 3.0" is based on six basic principles: Safety, Sustainability, Equity, Identity, Prosperity and Happiness, and is carried out through the 18 categories spanning six dimensions of spatial planning and development, basic services, environment, economy, society and culture.
At the Global Forum on Human Settlements 2018, Mr. Lu Haifeng, Secretary General of Global Forum on Human Settlements, President of Better City Institute gave an interesting talk on “greener cities resemble trees” , implying that green cities should follow the main charateristics of a tree - being self-sufficient, environemntally-friendly, circulating resourecs, interconnected, inclusive and equitable. Centerned around the theme of "Green Model Cities", Mr. Lu composed a poem titled “Green Cities Resemble Trees” to shed more light on the importance of taking nature-based solutions for planning and developing green cities.
Green Cities Resemble Trees
Gracefully erect, the trees are towering,
Like Tao that closely follows nature.
Uninterruptedly from them energy is emanating,
For daylight provides the source of power.
Blessedly rained and dewed, they thus tend to cultivate,
In a robust cycle they turn over and over again.
They oblige loads of carbon to sequestrate,
While nursing numerous breathing lungs with fresh oxygen.
The leaf vein network is balanceably level,
Reaching each cell through every different way.
Happily it conveys synergy from petal to petal,
And ushers rustling wind to merrily stay.
As long as Green Cities resemble trees,
The world will teem with happiness forever.
The poem is displayed in Chinese through a calligraphy work
On top of that, a special training session was conducted during GFHS 2018 to further promote the understanding of IGMC Standards 3.0 and to propel substantive actions of integrating the Standards into urban planning and development. Mr. Lu Haifeng shared that IGMC 3.0 builds on a comprehensive Four-Lever approach including i) compact urban growth through higher densities, contiguous development, spatial restructuring of the urban form so as to reduce demands for energy and resources on a large scale; ii) continuously reducing demands through creating functionally and socially mixed liveable neighbourhoods; iii) improving resource efficiency through smart technologies, energy-efficient buildings and urban basic services; and iv) promoting sustainable behaviors and green lifestyles to further increase efficiency. Mr. Serge Salat, President, Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France, Leading Expert IGMC Standards 3.0 emphasized that one of the major benefits of integrating IGMC Standards is enhancing assets value in cities and urban competitiveness.
In light of the IGMC Standards 3.0, a future city is like a tree
In the meantime, a parallel session was held to exclusively focus on building International Green Model City and boosting urban innovation and green growth. IGMC online rating system including a comprehensive set of indicators was elaborated to offer cities and communities an assessment tool to identify gaps and opportunities. After the systematic evaluation, IGMC will provide tailor-made solutions and conduct pilots to support cities in closing the gaps and realizing sustainable growth.
IGMC Initiative Partner Award Ceremony
As an innovative greener urban development action plan, the IGMC Initiative stimulates forward-looking and responsible governments, businesses and social forces to work together to achieve sustainable cities and human settlements for all. A group of well-known cities and enterprises have joined the IGMC Initiative, including Vancouver (Canada), Cape Town (South Africa), Mannheim (Germany), Seberang Perai (Malaysia), Cuenca (Ecuador), Liuyang National Economic and Technical Development Zone, Wuyi County of Zhejiang Province, China Railway Real Estate Group, Vanke, Country Garden, Mission Hills, and others. Some of them have been listed as IGMC pilots.
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