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1. Design for Reuse and Upcycling
2. Culture and Heritage
3. Healing Environments
4. Long Lasting Architecture
5. Design for Adaptability
6. Mobility and Infrastructure
7. Green Energy Solutions and Technology
8. Transformation Strategies for Built Environment
9. Green Buildings
10. Inclusion
11. Resource Balanced Cities /Green Cities
12. Circular Economy /Business Models for Sustainable Built Environment

Design for reuse and Upcycling

When developing specifications, building or product descriptions and standards a broad range of environmental factors should be considered by architects and designers such as: waste prevention, recyclability, the use of recycled content, environmentally preferable, and bio-based products, life-cycle cost, and ultimate disposal.
• Design for Reuse of existing facilities, products, and equipment
• Design for zero waste
• Design for reconfiguration of Buildings and Building systems
• Environmental assessment and measurement tools for green buildings and products
• Design for Disassembly strategies;
• Life cycle design strategies
• Green logistics with respect to separation of waste streams, and encourage recycling during the manufacturing process;
• C2C strategies
• Green manufacturing processes
• management mechanisms that support system, component and material reuse

Design for reuse and up cycling

Culture and Heritage

The social cohesion and cultural continuity are important part of contemporary city planning, architecture and engineering and in a broader sense deepen the issues related to the Green Design going back to and involving the final user, a human. These are important concepts in order to carry over the knowledge and promote and inclusive thinking, design and society.
Contemporary cities and societies globally are going through dramatic socio-physical changes, suggesting complex presence of multiple diversities at every level. This social and cultural awareness needs to be recognised and incorporated on all levels of creativity and drive a truly multidisciplinary approach with a human, the consumer, the occupant, in the centre always. Since 1960s growing awareness of insufficiency and unsustainability of western-centric cultural model as a predominant one has lead consequently to the rise of consciousness about importance of other cultural tradition as well as entanglement of cultural influences in general.
The question is how and by what means city planning and architecture, which form envelope for human activities in urban area, incorporate challenges regarding social cohesion and cultural continuity that contemporary multicultural and multilayered societies meet.

• Cultural heritage issues
• Community involvement
• Environment-behavior interaction
• Quality of life
• Infrastructures and social services
• The community and the city
• Sustainable urban tourism

Culture and Heritage

Healing Environments

People around the world wish to live a healthy and fulfilled life. Architecture and built environment can contribute significantly to attaining this goal. Where, for a long time, functionality and effectiveness of the care processes dominated the design and layout of healthcare buildings, the tide is gradually turning. The perspective of the patient/client and his wellbeing has gained more and more importance. Feeling comfortable, safe and secure in the environment but also retaining autonomy in everyday situation slowly becomes a guiding principle in design of healthcare buildings. There are a number of environmental features that are scientifically proven or (highly) likely to make a positive contribution to the patients’ healing process. Yet, more studies are needed to truly understand the relationship between human beings and built environment and the role that culture plays herein.
Especially in healthcare buildings, the relationship between building features and its users is most subtle as it can support healing process and improve Quality of Life of its residents, but also contribute to staff efficiency and their wellbeing. This theme deals with the relationship between built environment and its users with a goal to improve not only the building performance but also organizational performance. This is done through Key Performance Indicators (the predefined qualities) which show eventually what the performance of a built environment is. Decisions made during design process can therefore have an influence on a final impact delivered by an organization.

We are inviting papers on topics which deal with Key Performance Indicators in healthcare, its relation to design/built environment and organizational performance in both cure and care domain:
- Healing environments in care and cure
- Patient satisfaction in healthcare buildings
- Healthcare associated infections and built environment
- Built environment and safety
- Medical errors
- Staff efficiency in healthcare buildings
- Staff satisfaction
- Longer independent living and environmental factors
- Decision support systems and holistic models
- Methods and measurement scales
- Best practices

Health architecture

Long Lasting Architecture

We are inviting papers on topics which deal with Indicators of vitality of architecture, high quality architecture and perception of space , its relation to design and built environment:
- Cultural continuity through architeture
- Transformation versus continuity
- Design Methods
- Long lasting Capabiliteit of Architecturen
- Cases of implementation

Long lasting architecture

Design for Adaptability

We are inviting papers on topics which deal with key performance Indicators of adaptable architecture:
- Design for second user
- User participation
- Flexible systems
- Design for reconfiguration of buildings
- Design programming of adaptable buildings

Design for adaptability

Mobility & Infrastructure

Movement and communication in contemporary society has become increasingly complex. Demand is more diverse and the infrastructure, both hardware and software is also in a state of hectic development. Integration, privatization, deregulation and pricing are all affecting our understanding of and our capacity to plan the cities for these dynamic transport and mobility markets.

However, transportation also comes with significant undesirable side effects, particularly in terms of air pollution in urban areas and emissions of greenhouse gases, which can impact global climate change. The health consequences of urban air pollution are high; each year, suspended particulate matter (for which car exhaust is a major source) account for premature deaths of many among urban population. Evidence is also growing of transport’s negative impact on local populations, particularly on the poor in developing world cities. There, pollution and congestion often hinder local, national, and regional economic growth.
The key questions are how to: Improved customer service, Improved fuel efficiency, Reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, Reduced noise pollutions, Reduced congestions, Reduced environmental impact , Improved efficiency, Enhanced vehicle and infrastructure utilization, Reduced driver stress, Minimized driver distraction, Improved safety

• Alternative means of transport
• Cars and renewable energy sources
• Smart greed
• Fossil fuel free cars and transport
• Virtualized intersection intelligence (traffic control in the cloud)
• Adaptive traffic signaling based on changing priorities determined from environmental and situational sensors (supported by Internet of things, e.g. future sensor networks within Internet )
• Area-wide optimization strategies
• Cooperative traffic signal control
• Traffic-adaptive demand management for congestion pricing
• Demand-responsive parking management

Mobility and Infrastructure

Green Energy Solutions and Technology

The risks of worldwide climate change are forcing new challenges upon our society, arguably the most important being to re-conceived the way we consume and produce the energy that we need. These challenges can only be met by radical innovations in the field of research and technology. In the context of the ongoing urbanization of our population, the integration of renewable energy sources into urban energy networks and the increase in energy efficiency in cities are the core topics to be addressed in the near future.

• Renewable energy sources
• Sustainable energy and the city
• Intelligent environments and emerging technologies
• Smart grids
• Self-provision of energy
• Green energy concepts

Green Energy solutions and Technology

Transformation Strategies for Built Environment

There is one constant in built environment, the one of continue transformation. The question is how the transformation prospective can be integrated into a planning and design procedures,
making transformation capability of the built environment a part plan.
We are inviting papers on topics which deal with transformation strategies of building environment on different levels form city to building level:
- Plug in cities
- Design of Open ended urban structures
- Design guidelines for transformable cities and buildings
- Design for reconfiguration of cities
- Limits to transformations

Green Buildings

Building sector is accounted for 50% of global greenhouse gas emission (UNEP-IETC, 2002) that makes it the largest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally. In many countries the construction industry accounts for up to 40% of materials entering the global economy (CIWMB 2000), 50% of waste production, and 40 % of energy consumption.
Materials used for buildings (with their heat transition properties) but also materials in other goods will have impact on energy concepts but also reuse and recycling potential of materials can make cites independent of row material exploitation and eliminate problems related to the waste disposal plants.
On the other hand a symbiotic relationship between buildings and the urban fabric they form and occupy is an essential condition for a green architecture.

• CO2-balanced building
• Transformable and flexible buildings
• Bioclimatic architecture
• C2C building strategy
• Open Building
• Life Cycle Design of Building
• Case studies
• Industrial, Sustainable and Flexible Buildings

Green buildings and architecture


Not only design of buildings, but also the outside environment, spaces between the buildings, are determining factor of being able to live a fulfilled life. In urban planning and building design, it is important to provide such environments that fit to different user needs. A city is for everybody, but unfortunately not all cities can be used by everybody. A sustainable city is an inclusive, lovable and inviting city, providing autonomy and mobility to its citizens and visitors. For example, the number of elderly people over the age 60 will grow from 500 million today to 2 billion by the year 2050. Can our cities meet the needs of this growing user group and do we understand their needs well enough? In that context, making sure that fragile groups such as elderly, disabled or people with low income, can also actively make use of the city and take part in various activities is an important target for city planners and designers. An inclusive city can only be achieved through active participation of citizens in every city initiative, by taking different user needs into account.
We are inviting papers on these topics:
- User needs and livable city
- Elderly&disabled and mobility
- Space usage by elderly and disabled
- Longer independent living
- Citizens involvement in projects
- Ageing in place/home-care environment

Resource Balanced Cities/Green Cities

Cities are at the epicenter of a global shift of population from rural to urban settings. They are the powerhouses of the global economy and contribute centrally to knowledge production and innovation. The future of cities will therefore be a defining element of the global future.
The ideal model of a green city will require a balanced relationship between socio-cultural dimensions of the city design (including architectural design as a cultural product considering delicacy of cultural heritage, fragility of public participation procedures) and physical factors as energy, waste disposal, urban transport, use of green materials.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions has become increasingly important along with finding ways to enhance regional economies while reducing their impact on the planet.
Urban areas, as hubs of human activity and resource consumption, offer the best opportunity for innovation. Governments, developers and designers must collaborate to decrease energy demand, switch to green power and offset any remaining carbon.

• Centralised versus decentralised energy solutions
• Decentralised concepts for water and sanitation
• Urban Agriculture
• Waste management in the built environment
• Green Urban strategies
• Planning, development and management
• Transformation of cities
• Urban metabolism
• Planning for risk

Green cities

Circular Economy/Business Models for Sustainable Built Environment

The emphasis in both policy and regulations is on the dynamic nature of a sustainable development where goals and means are moving constantly. This requires a dynamic and multi-player environment that can timely react on the latest developments and provide prompt stimulating economic and regulatory models for the implementation of green solutions technologies.
• Politics and sustainability
• Real estate management and sustainability
• Planning, development and management
• Green growth
• Case studies green business models
• Impact assessment of green benchmark

Economy, Policy and standards



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