CSU at WUF10, February 7-13, Abu Dhabi

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The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) has been actively engaged at the previous World Urban Forums (5,7,and 9).  We are once again contributing to this unique and important world gathering at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) being held from 8-13 February 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This will be the first time that an Arab country will host one of the world’s most influential conference on cities and human settlements. The theme of the Tenth Session is Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.

CSU is the lead sponsor of two programs and will participate as panelists and experts in two others. We look forward to networking and learning from others and sharing our own thoughts about how to activate the SDGs. We welcome all to the programs listed below. Should you wish to contact us please send an e-mail to us at consortiumsu@gmail.com.

The two programs proposed and accepted by the CSU and melded are:

Redefining Resilience in Cities/New Opportunities at the Water’s Edge
SUNDAY Feb 9, 2020 12:30-1:30 Side Event 10Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU),USA; and l’Établissement Public d’Aménagement de Saint-Etienne (EPASE), France

CSU and EPASE help redefine resilience, urban planning, environmental and open space design and culture and civic engagement in cities, suggesting solutions that protect and create environmental, social and economic opportunity for all cities. The event will showcase examples of an historic inland city, Saint-Etienne and will explore challenges and innovation in cities at the water’s edge. Innovations in aquaculture and agriculture combined with physical and environmental solutions for sea rise can create usable public open space, for health and wellness along with cultural and educational facilities for all ages and economic vitality for the future.  

Organizer and Moderator, Theodore Liebman (CSU); Panelists Lance Jay Brown, FAIA (CSU), Jack Arthaud

The Public Realm: from the Classical to the Digital

TUESDAY Feb 11, 2020  12:30-1;30  Side Event 49

Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU), USA; Center for Sustainable Urban Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA; City Space Architecture, Italy

The public realm, public space, is the glue that keeps culture and society nourished and sustainable. Older spaces represent heritage and newer spaces innovation. The advent and impact of digital technology on our public space, from the enormous citizen surveillance systems in London and Hong Kong to the crowdsourcing that brings people together for common purpose as in Melbourne’s Federation Square underscore, dramatize, and illuminate the importance of this component of city structure. Speakers will share their knowledge on the topic discussing the typology of the public realm, issues of design,  inclusion and diversity, digital innovation, and current related SDG best practices.

Organizer and Moderator, Lance Jay Brown (CSU); Panelists: Luisa Bravo (City Space Architecture), Theodore Liebman (CSU), Gernot Reither (NJiT), and Anna Rubbo (CSUD) 

The programs CSU will participate in are:

The Journal of Public Space Panel

Sunday Feb 9, 2020 at 5.00pm 

This event is the opportunity to present achievements and future directions of The Journal of Public Space after the launch of its first issue at the Habitat III conference in Quito in 2016. The Journal of Public Space has been established by City Space Architecture in partnership with UN-Habitat: it is the first academic, interdisciplinary, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space. In 2019, The Journal of Public Space welcomed two academic partners, RMIT University based in Melbourne and KTH Royal Institute of Technology Centre for the Future of Places, based in Stockholm.

Organized by City Space Architecture. Panelists will include Luisa Bravo (founder of City Space Architecture and the Journal of Public Space), Italy; Lance Jay Brown, Theodore Liebman (CSU), USA; Ralph Horne (RMIT University), Australia; Michael Mehaffy (KTH Centre for the Future of Places), Sweden; Hendrik Tieben (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), China; Katherine Kline (General Assembly of Partners), USA. 

Heritage & Culture-led development–A new paradigm towards Sustainable Architecture
Monday  Feb 10 2:00-4:00 NE 51

International Union of Architects (IUA), France; Africa Union of Architects (AUA), Egypt; Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU), USA

Current cities are expanding in a way that ignore the risks and intensify the vulnerabilities. The short‐term political cycle or short-sighted economic motives do not prioritize the preservation of cultural heritage in our urban development schemes.

Moderator Thomas Vonier (UIA); Panelists Lance Jay Brown (CSU), Regitze Marriane Hess, James Hayter, Martin Dubbeling, KATSU (United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth)