8th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)
A: True Smart & Green Urban Society
Building resilient and sustainable cities is becoming a normatively positive concept. However it is often related with very few critical and systemic thinking. A key policy and important design aspect, which should be addressed in the implementation of sustainable and resilient smart and green concepts, is social responsibility. However, social responsibility is a not always taken into account. The social impacts of spatially exclusive smart technologies or sustainable design practices usually let a part the implications of cultural and behavioral aspects of truly greener and smart societies, living in greener and smarter cities.
The involvement of citizens, on both individual and communal basis, in the development and reshaping of urban environments towards resilient and sustainable systems is the key point of this sub-theme. A more resilient city is not only less vulnerable and a more sustainable city has not only lower carbon emissions and resource consumption than a conventional city. Truly resilient and sustainable cities need to address the society, people’s behavioral change, and a strong cultural positioning through a societal transition, in which green and smart solutions actively work synergistically with the urban society.
The revitalization of urban districts through cultural regeneration and the infusion of creative precincts will be also discussed in the framework of this sub-theme. This includes initiatives by individuals or collectives for sustainable and resilient development, transformation and regeneration of spaces and dynamics for enhancing urban societal transition.
Keywords: Social responsibility, benefits redistribution, participation, integration, informal sector, communities & community based development, individualism and collectivism, political conditions, network society, green urban culture, generic city and identity, social inequalities, kampong, slums and squatters, historic urban core, cultural sustainability, social resilience, local wisdom, social justice.