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1. Dilemmas of socio-territorial development and urban-regional planning facing sustainability challenges

Guiding the form, direction and speed of cities' growth involves making technological progress readily available for human and socially inclusive and harmonic projects that may build progressively balanced and sustainable relationships between the cities and the environment. Today, planning and managing the articulation among the various social activities that produce territories involve the need to think, invent and apply new technical developments related to the protection of biodiversity; management of hydric resources and risks; energy production, consumption and conservation; control and reduction of environmental erosion; processing of solid, liquid and gaseous waste; alternative systems for managing distances and planning mobility. But these technical developments are not enough. In order to guide transitions towards the ‘desirable' cities, these should also be carefully coordinated with (i) the invention, planning and realization of alternative, inclusive, non-fragmented urban and socio-territorial morphologies and (ii) the construction and strengthening of civic cultures that value the collective, shared and public dimensions of an urban life which is harmonious with the environment.

We invite and welcome the presentation of scientific papers related to this topic and analyses of local and regional experiences, addressing issues such as:

  • Convergences, dilemmas, tensions and conflicts between economic and territorial policies and environmental sustainability.
  • Social construction of environmental risk and disaster. What types of processes are involved? How do they impact on the amplification and diversification of social and territorial vulnerabilities?
  • Paradigms in transition: from climate forecasts to 'disaster relief' to 'risk management' to ‘resilience'. Is it a discourse shift or are we facing a change of approach?
  • Which criteria are used when mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change are included into urban development plans?
  • Managing environmental risk: how should structural measures be linked with adequate social planning, organization and management of territories? How should these combinations be implemented?
  • How should the roles of the State and markets be distinguished and defined in the management of environmental risk, social adaptation to Climate Change and socio-territorial sustainability?
  • What policies and what type of links and dialogues among various social groups and the local States support and strengthen the notions of the ‘public', the ‘shared' and the ‘collective'? What constitutes a civic culture?
 
 
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