Together with another 100 participants (planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy-makers, economists and project managers), Cities-4-People attended the 10th International conference on Sustainable Development and Planning last September (4-6) at the University of Siena in Italy. Our presence at the event was not just mere attendance: we also wanted to talk about our People-Oriented Transport and Mobility (POTM) approach. We did so at the City Planning session, discussing with other three presenters critical and creative approaches in urban contexts.
One of the key point that emerged from the session is the relevance of citizen participation in urban development processes: people can provide new input and help devise better-fit solutions. Their needs and wishes are essential to build infrastructure that is actually used and makes a city functional. Clearly, though, citizen participation is not the only viable approach towards more sustainable cities. Citizen-led initiatives can be helpful in improving neighbourhoods’ liveability, supporting sustainable lifestyles, reducing air pollution, and more. However, local (non-human) resources can also be an asset for sustainable urban planning and cradle-to-cradle approaches can be a great opportunity for architecture and urban development.
Have a look here to learn more about the main conclusions from the parallel discussions, see the pictures of the events, and learn about related conferences to be always up to date about sustainable urbanisation and mobility.