"Green urbanism - Between ecology and economy". Workshop group moderated by Kaarin Taipale, Finland and Fernando Diez, Argentina.
Working Group C, moderated by Kaarin Taipale, Finland and Fernando Diez, Argentina, discussing the topic of "Green urbanism - Between ecology and economy".
Contemporary urban agglomerations manifest generally unsustainable ecologies. The depletion of material resources, the accumulation of waste, the over-expenditure of non-renewable energy are direct consequences of the predatory expansion of urbanization.
Although commendable, so-called “green approaches” present more often than not a conflict vis-à-vis widespread economic constraints either concerned with optimizing the return on monetary investment or the lack of financial means. Thus, a standoff remains between costly environmental measures and prevailing economic systems.
Alternative solutions and technologies, while available and mostly tested at the level of individual buildings, have yet to be assessed for their applicability to the urban scale. This challenge provides a platform for identifying potential procedures that are not only ecologically sensitive, but also economically, socially, and aesthetically sustainable.
April 20, 2007 | Workshop Conclusion
The workshop reporters present the findings and conclusions of the workshops.
April 20, 2007 | Working Group C Part 2
Experts and participants start to collaborate on the topic of the workshop.Zaida Muxi, Spain: Green Urbanism = Common sense urbanism (PDF, 167.87 KB) »Veronika Prändl-Zika, Austria: Urban Sprawl in China – Land Use Change at the Transition from Village to Town (PDF, 324.38 KB) »Darren Robinson, Switzerland: Towards an evolutionary model of city sustainability (PDF, 62.93 KB) »Peter Staub, UK: Mediating Instruments (PDF, 234.63 KB) »Mark Walker, USA: Destinations: A Key Factor for Sustainable Urban Development (PDF, 627.54 KB) »
April 18, 2007 | Working Group C Part 1
Experts and participants start to collaborate on the topic of the workshop.Pablo Allard, Chile: The Aguada Flood-Park: Recovering a post-industrial urban stream in Santiago de Chile (PDF, 459.41 KB) »Holger Dalkman, UK: Strategic Environmental Assessment – a promising instrument for sustainable urban development in China? (PDF, 246.59 KB) »Ximena Ganchala, Ecuador: Ciclopaseo in Quito: people on movement (PDF, 156.55 KB) »Gita Goven, South Africa: Green Urbanism - Kosovo informal settlement upgrade Case Study (PDF, 4.66 MB) »Ashok Lall, India: The DNA of Metropolitan Growth and the Prospect of Sustainability – New Delhi an Indian Case Study (PDF, 1.39 MB) »