Forums and Special Sessions Virtual Room 1
Dec 09, 2020 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM(Europe/Amsterdam)
20201209T1330 20201209T1500 Europe/Amsterdam Urban Regeneration Forum

Introduction

By the year 2050, it is estimated that 70 per cent of the world population will be living in urban areas, up from 55 per cent as of now. As the world continues to see a growing urban population, cities will be at the forefront of in ensuring citizens basic needs are met and providing them a good quality of life and of achieving the ecological and energy transitions.

With the growing urban population trend, cities are increasingly pressured by finite resources, including city space. Each city has space that is underused and underutilized, however, with proper investment and planning these spaces can offer a significant amount of value to the city and citizens. If the true value of the space is recognized, it can lead to a both a greater economic and social and environmental return on investment. Cities have developed complex urban regeneration processes to realize their full potential. Urban regeneration is about revitalising urban spaces, a process to transform the economic, ecological and social geography of a place.

The ISOCARP 56th World Planning Congress Special Session, 'Urban Regeneration Forum' will introduce three case studies of urban regeneration: Doha Qatar, Brussels Belgium and Toronto Canada. Each regeneration project had common and unique challen ...

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Introduction

By the year 2050, it is estimated that 70 per cent of the world population will be living in urban areas, up from 55 per cent as of now. As the world continues to see a growing urban population, cities will be at the forefront of in ensuring citizens basic needs are met and providing them a good quality of life and of achieving the ecological and energy transitions.

With the growing urban population trend, cities are increasingly pressured by finite resources, including city space. Each city has space that is underused and underutilized, however, with proper investment and planning these spaces can offer a significant amount of value to the city and citizens. If the true value of the space is recognized, it can lead to a both a greater economic and social and environmental return on investment. Cities have developed complex urban regeneration processes to realize their full potential. Urban regeneration is about revitalising urban spaces, a process to transform the economic, ecological and social geography of a place.

The ISOCARP 56th World Planning Congress Special Session, 'Urban Regeneration Forum' will introduce three case studies of urban regeneration: Doha Qatar, Brussels Belgium and Toronto Canada. Each regeneration project had common and unique challenges, opportunities and outcomes. A particular focus of this forum will be to examine the public-private-people partnerships and governance structure of each urban regeneration project and the significant role it played in the positive economic social and environmental outcomes. 


This session will also introduce the Regent Park World Urban Pavilion (The Pavilion), a collaboration between Urban Economy Forum, UN-Habitat and the Government of Canada. The Pavilion will be a global knowledge and innovation exchange hub for urban regeneration projects and sustainable urbanism. 


Session Objectives:

  • Identify common challenges and opportunities of urban regeneration projects and ways to move forward
  • Understand the barriers to overcome and mitigating risks in building successful PPPP models for regeneration areas.
  • Integrating urban regeneration and sustainable urban development goals as a response to the impact of growing urbanization and sprawling cities,
  • Demonstrate how urban space regeneration can play a significant role in improving economic and social outcomes in a sustainable way
  • Elaborate on the importance of facilitating knowledge exchange to identify common challenges, opportunities and best practices
  • Introduce the Regent Park World Urban Pavilion as a global hub for knowledge and innovation for sustainable urbanism


Programme/Agenda

Chairs/Moderators:

Javier Torner, Urban Lab Mexico Coordinator, UN-Habitat 

Anantha Krishnan, Secretary General, Urban Economy Forum


13:30 - 13:35Opening Remarks
Frank D'hondt, ISOCARP Secretary General
13:35 - 13:50
Mushreib Downtown Doha, Qatar Regeneration Project
Fatima Fawzy, Design Manager, Msheireb Properties
Ali A. Alraouf
Professor of Architecture and Urban Theories & ISOCARP Congress 2020 Special Coordinator 
13:50 - 14:05

Canal Area, Brussels, Belgium Regeneration Project
Sven Vercammen, Project Manager, Territorial Strategy, 'perspective.brussels'
Alfredo Corbalan, Expert – EU, International and Interregional Affairs General Direction, 'perspective.brussels'

14:05 - 14:20

Presentation on UN-Habitat's SDG Project Assessment Tool
Klas Groth, Senior Urban Planner, UN-Habitat
Naomi Hoogervorst
, Senior Urban Planner, UN-Habitat

14:20 - 14:27

Regent Park, Toronto, Canada Urban Regeneration Project 
Heela Omarkhail, Vice-President of Social Impact, Daniels Corporation

14:27 - 14:35

Introduction of the Regent Park World Urban Pavilion
Reza Pourvaziry, Chair, Urban Economy Forum
Eduardo Moreno
, Head of Knowledge and Innovation, UN-Habitat

14:35 - 15:10
Moderated Discussion
All Session Participants
15:10 - 15:15

Closing Remarks

Javier Torner, Urban Lab Mexico Coordinator, UN-Habitat 

Anantha Krishnan, Secretary General, Urban Economy Forum


Introducing the World Pavilion as a global networkView Abstract
Session Proposal 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM (Europe/Amsterdam) 2020/12/09 12:30:00 UTC - 2020/12/09 13:15:00 UTC
SDG 11 provides the opportunity for urban development from the perspective of sustainability transitions. There is a need for deep systemic transformations that are the result of unlearning unsustainable ways of managing the cities, their economies, and finances. There is a need to understand and emerging sustainable ‘niches,’ driven by transformative agencies and networks such as the one envisaged by the Pavilion Scales of Impact Local Level (Toronto): Cities are one of the most complex systems in the world. The majority of evaluation tools currently available for cities lack the ability to utilize urban big data for analysis of the complex system. We will address lead this challenge by using urban big data to conduct empirical urban research and implement City Prosperity Index (CPI) to solve various urban problems through close collaboration with the City of Toronto and other global cities. The Pavilion will play a key role in shaping the future of cities. The Pavilion will be a living laboratory for different case studies of regeneration and we will partner with cities and provide them with different evaluations and assessments using urban evaluation indicators and tools that will help in analyzing, planning and monitoring urban policies geared towards the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Provincial Level (Ontario): Best practices in Toronto will be more easily transferrable to other cities in Ontario as these cities share similar context, compared to cities in the Middle East, for example. However, through data collection and assessment based on CPI’s, it will allow the data to be compared with global cities. The Pavilion will be a gathering place for all Ontario city leaders, including but not limited to city officials, civil society, private sector, and academia, to come together and discuss new approaches of sustainable urbanism and urban renewal. The Pavilion will strengthen the network of city leaders of all cities in Ontario to work together toward achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in urban settings with a special focus on SDG 11. At the national level: based on the similarities between Canadian cities identified through CPI data collection, we can share knowledge on how to transform cities to provide more prosperity and enrichment of urban cities, public participation, and urban economy. We will have a specific impact on the Canadian scale. The Pavilion will identify projects across Canada and provide support by using CPI to access the resources of the network to building sustainable cities that are safe, inclusive, and resilient International Level (Global): Expanding our network to involve more exemplary projects such as the Regent Park Revitalization with great positive impacts in different countries will allow us to build the capacity to support other projects with great potential in more direct ways by creating assemblies and accessing financial resources from the United Nations and other relevant local and international institutions. Place: The physical space of the Pavilion will be located in office space currently under construction within the Regent Park community.
Presenters Reza Pourvaziry
Chair, Urban Economy Forum
Anantha Krishnan
perspective.brussels - Brussels Planning Agency
Project Manager
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Brussels Planning Agency
Chair
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Urban Economy Forum
City Leader Platform Secretariat
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Urban Economy Forum

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