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The Cities of Tomorrow: the Challenges of Horizon 2020 Conference

Location Torino, Italy
Date 17 - 19 September 2014
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As underlined in Cities of Tomorrow – Challenges, visions, ways forward (European Commission, DG Regional Policy 2011), cities are at once the breeding ground for many urban problems and science and technology solutions, culture and innovation, individual and collective creativity, and their role in mitigating the impact of climate change. In recent years, the economic and financial crisis has intensified several urban problems and demonstrated the limits of existing sectorial policies, hence calling for an integrated, cross-sectorial and territorial approach which offers a new European model of urban development. This workshop aimed at defining this new integrated concept of cities which will generate dynamic urban development, transport, engineering, environment and social perspectives across a diversity of geographical levels. This ambition can only be realised by an interdisciplinary cooperation that COST is best positioned to provide, leveraging expertise from four Domain Committees (TUD in collaboration with ESSEM, ICT and ISCH) and exchanged ideas with key actors in the field of urban development. Such cross-fertilization of ideas can generate a holistic vision that encompasses all the trends and problems characterizing the cities and propose possible solutions integrating social sciences, physical and engineering sciences as well as life sciences.

The proposed workshop aimed to bridge the gap between decision makers and researchers and pave the way to new solutions by the articulation of methodologies aimed at supporting and enabling an integrated and holistic vision. This was achieved by uniting international experts from different disciplines, countries and institutions (university, industry, public bodies) to create a new multifaceted vision of the cities of tomorrow. Furthermore, this workshop aimed to concretely influence the future of cities, making them “liveable”, thus targeting a diverse audience and gathering all profiles of participants (academia, industry, policy-makers, public bodies, representatives of civil society, etc.). The visionary outcome of the workshop was to disseminate via workshop proceedings as well as a research and policy paper providing both a research agenda and policy recommendations. To enhance the impact of the workshop, an international consultation about the main findings was undertaken as a follow-up exercise, with the necessary support from the COST Office. Such consultation contributed to a productive discussion about the cities of tomorrow at European and international levels beyond 2020.

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Contact Details

Dr Mickael Pero
SO for TUD
tel: +32 (0) 2 533 38 5290

Christopher Irons
Conference Officer
tel: +32 (0) 2 533 38 18

Organising Committee

Prof. Cristina Pronello, Chair, COST Transport and Urban Development (TUD) Domain Committee

Dr Marc Caball, Chair, COST Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) Domain Committee

Dr Ipek Erzi, Chair, COST Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) Domain Committee

Prof. Soulla Louca, Chair, COST Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Domain Committee


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