Scope & Benefits

This conference intends to generate a vision of smart and sustainable cities of the future by answering the following six guiding questions for participants -

What are the reference terms for future objectives?

What does the future sustainable socio-technical system and needs satisfaction look like?

How does the future vision differ from existing socio-technical systems?

What is the reasoning behind the development of the vision for the future?

What sustainability issues, issues and challenges have been resolved by achieving the stated objectives and thereby achieving the specified goals?

What advanced technologies and their new applications were used in the future vision?


For all involved stakeholders, interdisciplinary collaboration will be an integral part of their profession and practice. Thus, most professionals and scholars engaged in this area should be able to consider themselves well equipped to organise and execute cross-disciplinary collaborations and cross-sector integrations.

Often, interdisciplinary education is confused with multidisciplinary collaboration where information from different fields is discussed during the production of a solution. In the case of architecture and urban design collaborations in higher education institutions, as in most interdisciplinary collaborations, the teaching of an interdisciplinary approach tends to be dominated by a single discipline and used to prove its superiority over another discipline. Participants will learn to implement the following -


strong vision, leadership and community engagement;

land valuation for the benefit of the community;

community land ownership and long-term asset management;

mixed houses and types of affordable housing for ordinary people;

a strong local job market in urban cities, with a variety of employment opportunities within simply commuting distance of residential areas;

aesthetically appealing and creatively designed homes with gardens, combining the best of city and country living to create healthy homes in vibrant communities;

generous green spaces linked to the wider natural environment, including a belt of surrounding countryside to prevent sprawl, well-connected and biodiverse public parks, and a mix of well-managed, high-quality public and private garden networks, of tree-lined streets and open spaces the spaces;

opportunities for residents to grow their own food, including generous allocations;

strong local cultural, recreational and commercial facilities in walkable neighbourhoods;

integrated and accessible low-carbon transport systems – with a series of conurbations linked by rapid transport offering a full range of employment opportunities

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