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Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions 2015

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The conference focuses on innovative planning methodologies, tools and experiences aimed to support the transition of our cities and regions towards a more smart and sustainable dimension, approaching different scales, environments and perspectives.
Contributions from different research fields dealing with urban and regional planning from the scientific as well as the professional community are welcome. Cooperation and demonstration projects are warmly invited to disseminate their innovative approaches, implemented activities and achieved results.


The conferees are invited to develop their contributions within the four proposed subthemes. ​​
  • SESSION 1 - Energy planning for cities and regions
    Energy planning for cities and regions: from strategies to actions. How to couple the energy-climate goals with the development or renovation of the built environment and how to tackle the vulnerability to climate change. 
    KEYWORDS: smart energy, low carbon cities, mitigation and adaptation, resilience, urban and regional energy planning, urban ecosystem services.
  • SESSION 2 - Smart and sustainable technologies
    ​Smart and sustainable technologies, big data, integrated infrastructures and mobility management: challenges and opportunities for urban and regional planning, from holistic geospatial tools to innovative apps and Internet of Things. 
    KEYWORDS: sensors, GIS, big data, remote sensing, standards, statistics, interconnections, app, key performance indicators.
  • SESSION 3 - Benefits, costs and opportunities of urban transition
    Benefits, costs and opportunities of urban transition toward a more smart and sustainable dimension: accounting and assessment of values and trade-offs within the decision making processes. 
    KEYWORDS: financial assessment, multi-criteria, green economy, investments, market, intangibles, co-benefits, assessment methodologies and techniques.
  • SESSION 4 - Governance for smart and sustainable growth​
    Governance for smart and sustainable growth: fostering place-based policy-making, active and effective stakeholders’ participation, co-production and public-private partnerships. 
    KEYWORDS: ​participatory governance, local partnerships, implementation effectiveness, policy innovation, smart communities, barriers to implementation.​
  • SPECIAL SESSION - Cooperation and demonstration projects
    Cooperation and demonstration projects play an essential role in fostering the adoption of new approaches and technologies, towards the development of win-win solutions. Several cutting-edge smart initiative, from single cities to large communities’ networks, are currently under development or already achieving outstanding results. Projects and demonstration cities, communities and regions representatives are invited to present their contribution in oral or poster form, to sustain the peer to peer learning exchange among cities and communities.
    KEYWORDS: Cooperation and demonstration projects, win-win solutions, peer to peer learning, smart cities and communities initiative.​
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