Track 4: Safeguarding the Urban Resilience Virtual Room 2
Jan 12, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM(Europe/Amsterdam)
20210112T1600 20210112T1730 Europe/Amsterdam Climate Action Forum: Waterfront Cities and the Impacts of Climate Change

Special Session on Regenerating Waterfronts To Face Climate Change 

The enhancement of urban resilience comes from interdisciplinary and comparative cases, where researchers are exploring innovative approaches using tools appropriate to build a resilient built environment. New methods utilise updated technologies to analyse and predict urban risks, in order to mitigate and adapt to the growing global climate emergency. Given that risk and disaster are different for each specific territory, the vulnerability in facing the climate crisis and necessity to develop strategies towards resilience, emerge from a comparison of local conditions, cross perspectives and exchange of best practice.

Recent urban planning and architectural interventions are presented by researchers that share new strategies of innovative resilience, including qualitative and quantitative methods, related to water resources, planning policies, spatial planning, governance finance, stakeholder participation, activating green and blue infrastructure, innovative building materials, and permeability of the urban-land interface.

Virtual Room 2 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress, Virtual Congress congress@isocarp.org

Special Session on Regenerating Waterfronts To Face Climate Change 

The enhancement of urban resilience comes from interdisciplinary and comparative cases, where researchers are exploring innovative approaches using tools appropriate to build a resilient built environment. New methods utilise updated technologies to analyse and predict urban risks, in order to mitigate and adapt to the growing global climate emergency. Given that risk and disaster are different for each specific territory, the vulnerability in facing the climate crisis and necessity to develop strategies towards resilience, emerge from a comparison of local conditions, cross perspectives and exchange of best practice.


Recent urban planning and architectural interventions are presented by researchers that share new strategies of innovative resilience, including qualitative and quantitative methods, related to water resources, planning policies, spatial planning, governance finance, stakeholder participation, activating green and blue infrastructure, innovative building materials, and permeability of the urban-land interface.


In this session researchers are invited to present and discuss papers that reflect their own cultural and geographic specific methodologies. Climatic crisis brings challenges as well as new opportunities and the keynote will shed light on the positive side of this research. Speakers will share their research and new methodologies using different contexts and complementary approaches. 


The special session on Waterfront Cities & the Impacts of Climate Change will have two keynote presentations, the first from UN Habitat presenting the National Framework from India, and second from China on improving urban resilience from the perspective of sponge city construction. Their presentations are followed by a round table discussion with participants and the Team Leaders of the H2020 research project – Sustainable Open Solutions in Waterfront Cities to Face Climate Change.


Programme


Moderators:Pedro Ressano Garcia
Elizabeth Reynolds
16:00 - 16:20The National Framework for India
Parul Agarwala, UN-Habitat
Mansi Sachdev, UN-Habitat

The Urban Sustainability Assessment Framework (USAF) is designed as a decision support tool for municipal commissioners and urban practitioners to support sustainable and resilient urban planning and management of cities in India. Urban diagnostics based on USAF cover 12 sectors, namely, governance and data management, finance and economy, housing and property, water, sanitation, waste management, clean energy, resilience, environment, public space-safety-urban form, transport, and social infrastructure. The performance of these sectors is measured using national and international benchmarks. USAF 'spatializes' several indicators of the framework for granular planning and identify inequalities in service delivery, resource allocation, accessibility of essential utilities, and recreational opportunities, among others, within a city. Furthermore, giving emphasis to spatially-informed planning, USAF equips city managers to model area-based development strategies and assess their impact on improving sectoral performance against benchmarks. Area-based development strategies developed through USAF, when combined with a financing plan, lay the ground work for capital investment plans thereby providing a critical link between urban planning, finance and governance. It can also help decision-makers prioritize projects to effectively direct resources towards targeted areas for maximum impact and benefit.

16:20 - 16:30Study on the Strategy of Improving Urban Resilience from the Perspective of Sponge City Construction
Fujun Xia
16:30 - 17:30Roundtable Discussion with the Team Leaders of the H2020 Research Project

Discussants:

Joanna Zbierska

Katarina Larsen
Bruno Monardo
Fred Sanders
Tullia Di Giacomo
Lina Suleiman
Maria Rita Pais
Claudia Mattogno
Isabel Barbas

Parul Agarwala

Alkmini Paka

Iwona Preis

Lucyna Nyka

Justyna Borucka

Aktan Acar

Isil Ruhi

Paraskevi Tarani

Pawel Lukasiak

Karolina Krośnicka

Mohammed Boubezari 

Rui Simões

Kostas Sakantamis 

Tatiana Tzaka 



Study on the strategy of improving urban resilience from the perspective of sponge city constructionView Abstract
Research Paper 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/01/12 15:00:00 UTC - 2021/01/12 16:30:00 UTC
Urban resilience refers to the ability of a city to cope with disasters and recover its basic functions rapidly. Urban transportation, urban infrastructure, urban public policy-making and other aspects can improve the resilience of the city. At present, the urban water environment in China is still deteriorating, and the rainstorm and waterlogging disasters are still frequent. Therefore, the author chooses the sponge city construction to study the strategies to improve the urban resilience. The author chooses two aspects of urban storm and waterlogging disaster control and surface runoff, which are closely related to the improvement of urban resilience, as the main research objects, selects specific evaluation indexes and proposes calculation functions, and adopts multiple research methods such as typical case study, spatial model simulation quantitative analysis, statistical analysis and empirical research, through arc GIS analysis, PCSWMM modeling and grasshopper data-based research By means of design and horizontal comparative study of three practical cases, this paper makes a qualitative and quantitative study on the strategy of sponge city construction performance to improve the city's resilience, and the quantitative research is mainly used. There are two main achievements in this study: a set of quantitative research methods to improve the resilience of sponge city construction is preliminarily explored through the application of the evaluation model; some strategies to improve the resilience of sponge city construction are proposed.
Presenters
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Fujun Xia
Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Regenerating Waterfronts To Face Climate ChangeView Abstract
Session Proposal 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/01/12 15:00:00 UTC - 2021/01/12 16:30:00 UTC
The effects of climate change are increasing at an unprecedented rhythm, which demands adaptation and transformation of vulnerable waterfront territories. Cities aim to build up resilience, not only to mitigate losses, but also to transform themselves into stronger, improved built environments. Before the effective adaptation and mitigation, cities face years of discussions and/or lawsuits involving significant costs. This special session values a debate between researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders who will share their know-how on aspects of humanities-led, collaborative sustainable urban development, and formal or non-formal solutions that improve the urban, social and natural environments. It will focus on the need to progress and discuss solutions that better prepare waterfronts to face sea level rise, high tides, storms, floods and other threats. How can cities become more resilient? What requires the adaption? Who should lead the process? When is the appropriate time to do it? To enhance resilience, it is necessary to recognize present gaps. Research, namely at geographical, historical, cultural, political, and climatic levels should contribute to develop approaches and find systematic means. New strategies can be carried out by bottom-up initiatives, emerge from interdisciplinary and comparative cases, or by examples of regeneration that enhance resilience to face present and future challenges. Papers on Regenerating Waterfronts To Face Climate Change can cover: - New research fields, network theories and forms of collaboration. - Successful implementation of innovative strategies - Decarbonisation and carbon-positive procedures - Geographic and historical factors in environmental planning - Tools for adaptation of urban waterfronts, floodable landscapes, self-sufficiency, and community engagement. - Impact of extreme swings in climatic conditions - Technical waterfront transformation process - Cultural influence; the top-down approach versus bottom-up initiatives - Public space city dynamics and future options - Cross-fertilization and interaction of best practices in different fields - Economic impact of political short-term decisions and the involvement of relevant stakeholders - Data management influenced by theories of complexity - Dissemination of results to scientific, academic, practitioners and policymakers
Presenters Pedro Ressano Garcia
Senior Architect, Ressano Garcia, Arquitectos
Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Senior Architect
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Ressano Garcia, Arquitectos
 Elizabeth Reynolds
Director
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Urben
Mr Pedro Ressano Garcia
Senior Architect
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Ressano Garcia, Arquitectos
 Holly Pearson
Urban Planning Consultant
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