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Strategies for fighting epidemics: adaptable buildings and resilient cities
10a.m – 12p.m, CET, July 10, 2020
Format: Online Forum + Webcast
Language: English and Chinese
I. Background and Objectives
Covid-19 rages across the world, plunging humanity into an abyss of misery,causing the society total lockdown and throwing the global economy into turmoil,and is considered as a once-in-a-century public health crisis and ecological security crisis. The international community must take decisive action to meet the challenges, promote a full and inclusive economic and social recovery, and
accelerate an aggressive transformation towards sustainable development.
The pandemic, being projected to become a “new normal”, is an enormous shock to the original rules and order, and calls for new and urgent need for changes in buildings, communities and cities. With all kinds of measures being taken for social distancing and infection control, diversified business models and platforms such as home office, online business, education and life services, are emerging and getting increasingly popular. In this context, how to bring into full play the important role of buildings and communities in fighting the epidemic in an effective way? What changes will occur to their design, layout and function? How can architectural design draw inspiration from nature in order to better adapt to changes? How to balance the elements of "free building plane" and "flexible building space" to improve the space utilization and sustainability of buildings?
How can cities improve their resilience and mitigate the impact of current and uture epidemics and other disasters? Confronting challenges in epidemic prevention and control, how will cities improve their efficiency, inclusiveness and sustainability? What changes will occur in terms of urban planning and form, built environment, infrastructure, energy structure, transportation and mobility, public space, and social equity? What interventions can be put in place in these areas?
Against this background, the first preparatory webinar of the 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2020) will be organized on the morning of July 10th (Central European Time) to address urgent issues centered around "Strategies for fighting epidemics: adaptable buildings and resilient cities”.
Well-known experts will share insights on and provide an in-depth look at, from the perspective of planning, design, operation and management, how buildings and cities can improve their safety, flexibility, adaptability, resilience and sustainability, so as to achieve the goal of meaningful transformation andrevitalization in all shocks and crises. The webinar is designed to inspire practical solutions and actions in support of better recovery and sustainability changes, and to contribute to the success of the 15th Annual Session of Global
Forum on Human Settlements.
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II. Agenda
Lu Haifeng, Secretary General, Global Forum on Human Settlements, President,
Sustainable City Committee, China Research Society for Urban Development
Serge Salat, Member of International Resource Panel, UN Environment,
President, Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France,
Leading Expert of International Green Model City Standards 3.0
Presentation: Covid-19 as an accelerator of innovation for resilient cities
and future
Mick Pearce, architect and biomimicry expert
Presentation: Nature-based solutions: adaptable building design
Jason Hu, Professorate senior engineer, Mentor at China Merchants Start-up (incubator), former Chief Sustainability Officer at China Merchants Shekou Holdings
Presentation: Adapting to epidemic and non-epidemic situations – building smart, healthy communities
Nils Larsson, Executive Director, International Initiative for a Sustainable Built
Environment (iiSBE)
Presentation: Pandemics and adaptation in built environment
Dialogue, Comments, Q&A
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We encourage all stakeholders to actively participate in this important online discussion. Should you have any questions related to the event, please feel free to contact the Secretariat of Global Forum on Human Settlements.
Theme: Post-Pandemic Recovery and Transformation: Resilient Cities, Healthy Planet
Date: October 15 - 16, 2020 Online Forum + Webcast
Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
International Science Council (ISC)
In Collaboration With
United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
World Urban Campaign (WUC)
UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI)
Global One Belt One Road Association (GOBA)
China Research Society of Urban Development (CRSUD)
International Ocean Institute (IOI)
Universal Peace Federation (UPF)
World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)
Key issues to be addressed
1. Preserving and sustainably managing biodiversity and guaranteeing ecological
2. Building urban resilience to climate change
3. Smart, sustainable cities and communities
4. International Green Model City Initiative: Inclusive, Resilient, and Smart Cities
5. Integrated climate, hydrology and environment services for sustainable cities
6. Strategies for fighting epidemics: adaptable buildings and resilient cities
7. Financing for resilient urban infrastructure
8. Inclusive partnerships towards the city we need
9. Blockchain technology and smart urban governance
10. Blue economy and healthy ocean
11. Energy-efficient and sustainable housing
IV. Contact
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