The Green Urbanism Conference which started on October 12, 2016, included many discussions and covered extremely important topics that will change the world as we know it today.
The International conference was held in Roma Tre University, Italy. The conference was chaired by Paolo Desideri (Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Roma Tre University) and organized by IEREK.
The opening session was held at Ex Mattatoio – Testaccio, which was led and moderated by professor Fabio Naselli (Scientific Director of IEREK EU) who were of great help in organizing this conference and its sessions.
The opening session which was opened by a welcoming word from Mario Panizza (Rector – Roma Tre University), Elisabetta Pallottino (Director of Architecture Department – Roma Tre University), Morad Amer (President and CEO of IEREK).
It was shortly followed by a word from Giuseppe Paolisso (Rector of Napoli Second University), Andrea Sciascia (Director of Architecture Department – Palermo University), Fabio Pollice (Director of “Storia, Società e Studi sull’Uomo” Department – Salento University), Vincenzo De Felice (Director of “Biosciences and Territory” Department – Molise University), Silvia Viviani (President of INU –Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica), Michelangelo Russo, (President of SIU –Società Italiana Degli Urbanisti) made an introduction about the conference and its delegates, officially starting the conference, and allowing for the plenary sessions to begin.
The Keynote Lectures which was moderated by Professor Anna Laura Pisello (Assistant Professor in Applied Physics at University of Perugia) who were of great help in organizing this conference and its sessions, the lectures titled “Ambiguity in the Forecasts of the Witches: The Notion of Exception in ‘Politically Correct’ Planning Discourses”, “Greening” Urban Tourism. The “community hotel” experience in Bethlehem”, “The livable city. Parks, squares and gardens in the present time”, and “Food, health, and society: the town meets the countryside” were run by the following professors;
- Francesco Lo Piccolo (Professor of Architecture, University of Palermo)
- Fabio Pollice (Professor of Geography Economics -Politics, the University of Salento)
- Mario Pisani (Emeritus Professor University of Milano)
- Pietro Columba (Professor in Agricultural Economics and land valuation, the University of Palermo)
Moving on to the parallel sessions which were held at Architectural Department – Monti. The 1st session which was led and moderated by Simone Ombuen (Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Roma Tre University), and Ferdinando Trapani (Associate Professor in University of Palermo) was titled Local Development & Tourism and was held at the Attavanti hall.
The 2nd session which was led and moderated by Paola Marrone (Associate Professor, Roma Tre University), and Maria Luisa Germanà (Associate Professor, Univerity of Palermo) was titled Energy & Technology and was held at the Urbano VIII hall.
The 3rd session which was led and moderated by Mario Cerasoli (University Researcher in Urban Planning, Roma Tre University), and Ibrahim Maarouf (Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University) was titled Transportation & Mobility and was held at the De Vecchi hall.
The 4th session which was at the second conference day and was led and moderated by Anna Laura Palazzo (Associate Professor in Urban Planning, Roma Tre University), and Giorgio Faraci (University of Palermo) was titled Local Development & Tourism and was held at Attavanti hall.
The 5th session which was led and moderated by Gabriele Bellingeri (Associate Professor of Architecture, Roma Tre University), and Ibrahim Maarouf (Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University) was titled Energy & Technology and was held at the Urbano VIII hall.
The 6th session which was led and moderated by Roberto Pallottini (Architect & urban planner), and Carmela Canzonieri (Assistant Professor, Kore University of Enna) was titled Urban Planning & Design and was held at the De Vecchi hall.
The second day as well included a Special Session which was led and moderated by Luciano de Bonis (Associate Professor, University of Molise) and was titled Tales of Cities, Moscow & Rome.
The 7th session which was at the third conference day and was led and moderated by Lucia Nucci (Associate Professor in urban design, Roma Tre University), and Nabil Mohareb (Head of Architectural Engineering, Arts and design, Beirut Arab University Tripoli Campus) was titled Urban Planning & Design.
The 8th session which was led and moderated by Stefano Converso (Professor in Architecture, Roma Tre University), and Claudio Gambardella (Associate Professor of Industrial Design, Seconda Università Degli Studi di Napoli) was titled Architecture Project &
The 9th session which was led and moderated by Keti Lelo (Laboratory Head at CROMA, Roma Tre University), and Luciano de Bonis (Associate Professor, University of Molise) was titled Urban Planning & Design.
The Conclusion and Closing Session was held at Ex Mattatoio – Testaccio which was led and moderated by Paolo Desideri (Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Roma Tre University).
A wide range of topics was covered by the conference papers, they were grouped into sections, and the conference topics are as follows:
- Eco- cities.
- City Urban Form and Natural Resources.
- Eco-Landscape; Planning and Design.
- Waterfront Developments.
- Urbanization of Rural Area.
- Strengthening the Connection between City Center and its Gateways.
- Sustainable Transportation and Mobility Systems.
- Creative Environments: Sustainable Places of Living, Working, and Recreation.
- Green Infrastructures and Social Services.
- Green Buildings: Designing Buildings with Nature.
- Energy-efficiency in the Built Environment.
- Eco-friendly modes of transportation.
- Waste Management, Pollution and Health Risks.
- Monitoring and Assessment Tools: Building Regulation and Performance Evaluation.
- Climate Responsive Architecture: Solar Architecture and Renewable Energies.
- Daylight in Buildings and Nature Ventilation.
- Green Building Technologies and Integration.
- User-Building-Interaction and Post Occupancy Evaluation.
- Innovative and Eco-friendly Materials for the Building Envelope.
- Sustainable Urban Transport Strategies
Conference MAXXI museum tour and Gala Dinner
Almost all of the participants and organizers were able to get together during the conference days, at the gala dinner which was organized by IEREK. During the gathering at the gala dinner, they were able to discuss many topics of the conference, furthermore, they were able to exchange ideas about their papers and their cultural backgrounds.
The gala dinner was after the gorgeous MAXXI museum tour on the second Green Urbanism conference day. The building of the museum was designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid. The MAXXI Museum is the Italian National Museum of the 21st Century of contemporary art and architecture in the Flaminio Quartiere of Roma, Italy.
The design of the MAXXI museum is very unique, and different environments coexist in a sequence of galleries illuminated with natural light filtered via a special roof system.