The principle of Green Urbanism focuses on zero waste, zero emission, recycling, and natural resources. It aims to bring back a clean environment, water sanitation, and a better quality of life. It is a breath of fresh air when it comes to disciplines approaching urbanism, where cities focus on constructing motorways and prioritizing automobiles as a means of transport, Green Urbanism aims to implement a sustainable means of transportation within cities, that focuses on public transit systems, and the inclusion of pedestrians and cyclists on roads.
When mentioning Green Urbanism, Barcelona’s well-renowned superblocks come to mind instantaneously. The cities’ structures are an exemplar of green urbanism application. They promote walking and cycling as a means of transport rather than the use of automobiles, thus eliminating intrusive traffic and the pollution associated with it within the block, while the ingenious design promotes the efficiency of public transit systems, due to the density of people living within the superblocks. Verdure and greenery are commonplace within these superblocks, promoting the well-being of their inhabitants and helping mitigate the effects of climate change.
While Barcelona’s superblocks offer a dream to strive towards, the mirror image of their quest towards a greener future exists mostly in developing cities, whose population growth outpaced their planning efforts. Within these cities, the urban sprawl has taken hold, causing a rise in crime rate, rampant noise & air pollution, automobile reliance, and difficulty in resource & waste management. Often times these cities choose to further expand motorways to ease traffic, rather than transitioning away from reliance on vehicles that use non-renewable sources of energy. This, however, is simply an unsustainable approach, that will cost us our continuation on our planet, and cost the cities’ inhabitants a livable and comfortable life, introducing a slew of health complications.
Following this green quest, IEREK is now organizing the 7th Edition of the International Conference on Green Urbanism. Complementing the previous editions and following their success, this conference will discuss many topics such as the general principles of green urbanism, green infrastructure, improving urban performance, and the transformation to the desired sustainable green environment.
IEREK invites all academics, researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders to the 7th edition of the GU Conference to discuss and present the current advancements and case studies for sustainable urban planning.
The 7th “Green Urbanism (GU)” conference brings about a healthy discourse on topics pertaining to the concept of green urbanism, environmental resilience, and the implementation of sustainable urban planning techniques. GU covers topics depicting contemporary innovations in waste management, sustainable energy resources, urbanization of rural areas, and green urban transit. The conference peers further into the concept of Green Urbanism, discussing environmental conscious design on a building scale by utilizing climate-responsive architecture and regenerative design, and on a logistical scale by deliberating upon transit hubs, supply chains, and freight transport.
Statement of Purpose
The planet is rapidly changing due to mankind’s actions, and the devastating effects of climate change are only beginning and will worsen unless we act. The way mankind interacts with nature and the environment has proven to be unsustainable, and the destination from which the path we are on leads is unfavorable, to say the least. GU aims to echo the voice of science and reason, that scientists and environmentalists have been championing for decades, calling for action, and a shift towards sustainable method implementation in multiple aspects of life. The GU conference thus looks to increase awareness about the effects of climate change, and publicize contemporary discoveries in the mitigation of its destructive effects in urban areas.