Background: Cities are the powerhouses of economic growth, with 80% of global GDP being produced within them. But they are like living organisms too with an endless appetite for resources and an endless capacity to generate waste. The greenhouse gases emitted from cities are challenging global sustainability targets including keeping under a 2°C temperature rise this century. But while the biggest challenges can be found in cities, some of the most exciting opportunities for innovation and sustainability can be found there, too.
Workshop Plan Day 1: Through a series of guided tutorials, quizzes, and games participants will become familiar with the challenges of making resilient, sustainable, livable urban spaces. Throughout Day 1 of the workshop, they will look at the different layers of infrastructure that make up a city and plan climate smart solutions to integrate these layers, making them more efficient and mores resilient to climate change. Participants will be able to discuss their ideas with actual urban-planning practitioners, develop strategies and solutions, and working in international teams begin building their own ‘Climate Smart City’ model.
Objectives & Outputs Day 1: Develop an understanding of the different layers of infrastructure that make up a city and how these both contribute to climate change and are also vulnerable to climate change. Become familiar with the different types of challenges and opportunities in building a ‘Climate Smart City’. Learn to bring ideas from different cultures, countries and continents together to generate new concepts and perhaps new solutions for building a ‘Climate Smart City’. Draw up a draft city charter for your ‘Climate Smart City’. Build the infrastructure foundations of your ‘Climate Smart City’ model.
Why build a model? Engineers, architects, scientists, and city planners all use models to help them communicate their ideas, share their research, and predict the success of their design. In this two day workshop, the model will also serve as a tool to help participants demonstrate their ideas, build working relationships and overcome communication barriers.
Social Event: 18:00 – 22:00 International Mash Up featuring food and music from around the world!
Abby Sullivan – Environmental Scientist with the Climate Change Adaptation Program, Office of Watersheds, Philadelphia Water Department
Elin Leikanger – City Manager, Eid kommune