Some of the questions we are aiming to explore:
- Think globally, act locally! How to facilitate change towards sustainable and resilient neighbourhoods?
- Urban resilience. How much change can we handle?
- Hidden infrastructures (energy, waste, water): What kind of change is needed to optimise their functionality under more harsh climate and demographic conditions?
- Smart grids and synergy grids: do they change the energy paradigm, and can they be implemented everywhere?
- Mobility: how do design neighbourhoods for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and private cars?
- Qualified density: can we optimise population density with regard to quality of life, architectural quality, and material and energy flows in the built environment?
- Integrated environmental impact assessment: balanced embedded and use phase emissions
- Can pushing the limits in neighbourhoods lead to a shift towards more service-based organisation, favouring green jobs and local economy?
- Do neighbourhoods with green-blue structures make people more happy?
- Do people consume/travel less when living in a high-quality neighbourhood?
- Can shared facilities promote intergenerational understanding?
- Can we measure, compare & evaluate neighbourhood qualities?
A Call for abstracts will be announced in the beginning of November 2011.