Cities are incredibly dynamic sources of education, employment and commerce, social gatherings and recreation. They are the nerve centres of the modern global economy and as such continue to attract rural migrants in search of a better quality of life. Reflecting this, the urban fraction of the world's over seven billion strong population has reached parity with the rural population. But too often, the aspirations of migrants are not realised. For example, the number of slum dwellings is estimated to have increased from sixty five million in 1990 to eight hundred and sixty three million in 2010, with most lacking access to modern energy services, clean water and sanitation. This situation is likely to worsen until 2050, when the world population is expected to increase to well over nine billion and its urban fraction to three quarters; mainly in developing countries.
Given that cities are responsible for approximately eighty percent of global resource consumption, the potential negative environmental consequences are profound. There is therefore a global imperative to comprehend how this urban growth can be managed. The 'IFERP International Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Designs of Future Cities' aims to do exactly that.
Set to take place over two days, the 27th & 28th of October 2022, in Jakarta, Indonesia, this conference aims to impart a better understanding of how the resource intensity of existing cities in developed countries can be transferred. This is a major challenge for the entire globe (not just pockets of it).
The aim of this conference is to alter our understanding of how sustainable cities can be. As a result of taking part in this event, participants will be able to -
confront and understand the complex interrelated and competing factors that influence urban sustainability;
holistically define, measure and model urban sustainability;
identify pathways to developed cities in transition and adapt to the growth of developing cities in unsustainable ways;
define governance and policy mediums to execute them in actuality.
A key objective of this IFERP conference is to produce and compare the different visions of what constitutes a desirable future for sustainable living among stakeholders (Policy Makers, Sustainability Advocates, Sociologists, Anthropologists, Academics, Engineers, Architects, Citizens) and consider public policy implications.
The conference will take a few smart cities as well as a few transition cities and use them as an empirical focus to explore ways to combine environmental and economic modelling with social and cultural ethnographic work to inform realistic measures of urban sustainability and options for improving resilience and resource flows.