The social, smart and sustainable design of future cities

Subnetwork Meeting 2020
Oct 5th – Oct 7th

The whole programme will be streamed via YouTube.


The UNESCO City of Design Subnetwork Meeting 2020, which is being hosted by Graz in cooperation with St. Étienne, focuses on the social, smart and sustainable aspects of urban development. From October 5th to October 7th the conference will take place as a hybrid form – online via Zoom and live in a Studio in Graz.
During the conference we will discuss the development and design of future cities in three short films, keynote speeches and panel discussions with international experts, urban planners and designers:
The architect and urban designer Andrea Paoletti, the publicist and pioneer in urban development Charles Landry as well as the architect and professor for urbanism Aglaée Degros will give short lectures on the three topics of Social Design, Smart Cities and Sustainable Cities.

Day 1, October 5th
Keynote Speech by Andrea Paoletti and Panel Discussion, 2pm – 4pm
On the first day of the annual meeting we want to determine which instruments and procedures can be used to positively influence and shape the social fabric and quality of life in a city in the sense of “social design”. The architect and social designer Andrea Paoletti will give a key-note speech on the inclusive conception of design and talk about humans and social co-existence as the centre of social design in cities.

Day 2, October 6th
Keynote Speech by Charles Landry and Panel Discussion, 3pm – 5pm
A number of urban development projects around the world have been launched under the term “Smart Cities” in recent years. Behind this are diverse and often widely divergent considerations of how to design a city in such a way that it is as "smart" as possible for a wide variety of tasks. The British researcher, publicist and inventor of the “Creative City Concept” Charles Landry will give a lecture on the second day and talk about the “digitized city”.

DAY 3, October 7th
Keynote Speech by Aglaée Degros and Panel Discussion, 3pm – 5pm
In view of climate change and the fact that more than half of the world's population already lives in cities that are constantly growing, the organisation and design of cities with their effects on resource consumption are of central importance in overcoming this millennium challenge. Aglaée Degros, architect and professor for urbanism, re-interprets the relation of mobility, landscape and urban development in various research and design projects and will give a lecture on the third day of the Subnetwork Meeting.
The whole programme will be streamed via YouTube.


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