February 16 2012

Featured Urban Planning and Urban Design Conferences of 2012

Today, thanks to social media, innovative planning strategies and sustainable technologies are shared globally within the environmental design community. Are you part of that dialogue? If you’re reading The GRID, you’re off to a good start.  Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are also valuable resources, but there is something to be said for attending these discussions in person.

The theme for my featured conferences list is cities. Cities are significant, because they magnify our challenges. Cultivating vibrant and resilient cities require alliances that consider the urban condition and remain objective-driven. The following events propose just that:

Sustainable City 2012 flyer city scape

7th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability
Sustainable City 2012: May 7-9, 2012

Ancona, Italy

This conference tackles important transportation, mobility, social excursion, resource consumption, and waste generation issues.

REAL CORP 2012 Re-Mixing the City blue/yellow/gray logo

REAL CORP 2012
Re-Mixing the City: May 14-16, 2012

Vienna, Austria

How do we move Toward Sustainability and Resilience? Dive into mixed cities, spatial planning, urban patterns, transportation, and environmental technologies with this REAL CORP conference.

Making Cities Livable logo pedestrians and cyclist in dowtown49th International Making Cities Livable Conference
True Urbanism: Planning Health Communities for All: May 20-24, 2012

Portland, Oregon, USA

As city dwellers, our physical, mental, and emotional state of well-being is amplified by the state of the build environment. This conference examines our next steps to creating a more nurturing  urban condition.

World Cities Summit 2012 logo orange/green/blue city scapeWorld Cities Summit 2012
Livable and Sustainable Cities – Integrating Urban Solutions: July 1-4, 2012

Singapore, Singapore

This summit will offer plenary sessions dealing with density, economic competition, and livability within the different scales of contemporary cities. It also offers Flagship Urban Solution Tracks for architects, urban planners, and government official looking to tackle our urban challenges head-on, from public housing to climate change.

5th International Urban Design Conference Melbourne logo red cube

5th International Urban Design Conference

Opportunistic Urban Design: September 10-12, 2012

Melbourne, Australia

This conference deals with the city as a dynamic entity; constantly experiencing growth, flux, and decay.  With a glass-half-full mentality, this conference promises visionary ideas and projects of placemaking that play with scale and utilize existing infrastructure.

What conferences do you plan to attend 2012?

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Alexandria Stankovich

Alexandria Stankovich graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.S. in Architecture. In order to gain an authentic understanding of the urban context through the lens of education, she became a Denver, Colorado corps member with Teach for America, teaching elementary Special Education. Returning to metro-Detroit, Michigan, Alexandria writes about the innovative design projects and urban programs taking place in the Motor City. Fueled by her passions for the triple bottom line - environment, economy, and social equity – Alexandria is now working on her Masters in Urban & Regional Planning. She is specializing in Physical Planning and Real Estate Development.

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