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This conference aims to address the many inter-related aspects of the green design of cities, buildings and products from urban strategies, transport and mobility to social cohesion, waste management and material and energy green strategies.

It is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities and urban areas. According to the UN Habitat, that is set to rise to 60% in a couple of decades. These large communities provide both challenges and opportunities for green design of sustainable cities. Cities are responsible for around 65 percent of all energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed and 70 percent of all greenhouse gases produced worldwide. The exponential increase in population and contemporaneous increase in standard of living for many, will mean that the demand for essential goods & services (transportation, cars, planes, housing, materials, water, food) will increase by at least a factor of 2 in the next few decades.
A report by the World Resource Institute projects a 300% rise in material use as world population and economic activity increases over the next 50 years. Raw materials supplies are gradually diminishing and becoming more expensive, landfill sites are filling up resulting in increased disposal fees and making the waste management expensive.

The complex systemic and multi-scalar capacities of cities provide massive potential for a broad range of positive interactions with natural ecosystems.

Urban strategic planning is at the centre of the sustainability debate, and serves as a platform to develop concepts and new green models of housing, energy, waste management, socio-cultural continuity, infrastructure and mobility.

There is a clear need to integrate all these challenges into a strategy for Green City Development focusing on dimensions such as: sustainable energy, sustainable transport, cyclic material flows and waste management, quality of life, health, psychology of interaction with the environment, green buildings, biodiversity, preservation of the natural and cultural heritage, urban landscape, democratic participation and harmonizing those ideas with the 3 P’s; People (population growth and quality of life), Planet (ecology) and Profit (economic prosperity).



Conference chairs:

+31 53 489 2513

+31 53 489 3631

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