24.02.2014

Creative Design for Sustainable Development

Smart cities of the future will entail vast information infrastructures ©Thinkstock

Smart cities of the future will entail vast information infrastructures ©Thinkstock

An international conference on the linkages and contributions of creative design Sustainable Development is organized by UNESCO on 3 and 4 March 2014, in collaboration with the city of Shenzhen (China), Creative City of design. This conference will present the experiences of cities of design belonging to the Creative Cities Network of UNESCO which develop sustainably.

One of the challenges of the twenty-first century will be to create environmentally friendly urban growth. This will require more streamlined organization of urban space, developing low-carbon means of transportation and using innovative clean technologies. Design, understood as a practice that helps us to rethink any act of conception or creation, lies at the heart of these strategies: In light of its aesthetic and industrial dimensions, design can propose solutions to ensure long-term improvement of social practices impacting the environment.

© Dubosc & Associés

© Dubosc & Associés


Integrating green technologies effectively in a suitable environment is one of the major contemporary urban challenges, by striking a balance between aesthetics and environmental uses. All these issues will be addressed at the conference "Creative design for sustainable development", organized in collaboration with the city of Shenzhen (China) in the framework of the design group of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

 

Multiple-ground-city driven by green and intelligent mobility

Shenzen: Multiple-ground-city driven by green and intelligent mobility

With the participation of a panel of speakers representing cities and the architecture, urban planning and industry sectors, the conference will focus on numerous experiences and proposals reflecting innovative and socially inclusive ‘culture and development’ approaches related to  the renovation of urban public spaces using culture. In the course of five sessions, participants will discuss a number of crucial issues, such as innovation and preservation for sustainable urban living, the role of cultural and creative industries in tomorrow’s green cities, the importance of creative technologies and infrastructures (water, sanitation and food security) for sustainable urban development and the constraints and challenges faced in designing innovative transport systems.

© Dubosc & Associés

© Dubosc & Associés

Technological excellence, diversity of cultures, strong links between design and other industrial domains, and international networking – these are the factors that have enabled the UNESCO Cities of Design to become internationally renowned platforms and hubs of design.

Cases studies of cities that have effectively resisted the industrial crisis through the development of the design sector will be presented. These include the city of Saint- Etienne (France), transformed by its Biennale, its schools, its start-ups and the urban renewal of many of its neighborhoods; examples of " eco-cities " such as Masdar (Abu Dhabi) the world’s first ‘zero-carbon and zero-waste’ city will also be presented. By analyzing the revitalization of cities within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (Berlin, Buenos Aires, Graz, Montreal, Nagoya, Kobe, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Seoul, St. Etienne)  in terms of cultural and environmental sustainability, the conference will help participants determine areas of growth and participation in the current fragile context of crisis and global risks. One  expected outcome is the creation of a Think Tank capable of developing and sharing new solutions internationally.



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