COP21 AND BEYOND: Defining the “New Urban Agenda” in a Changing Climate
November 27-29, 2015
Council for European Urbanism,
In partnership with: International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), Sustasis Foundation, and other partners TBA
Please join us in Berlin for a very timely Council for European Urbanism conference, from Friday evening, 27 November to Sunday 29 November (mid-day).
The topic could not be more urgent: defining the “New Urban Agenda” (as the UN is terming it) through the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, and to the Habitat III meeting next year and beyond.
Building on its previous successful conference on “Climate Change and Urban Design” in Oslo, Norway, The Council for European Urbanism and its partners will hold a seminar in advance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).
At a time of unprecedented global urbanisation, what are the lessons of European urbanism for what the UN is calling a “new urban agenda?” How has Europe led globalisation in the past, and how can Europeans help others (and themselves) to recover a more local urbanism that is lower in emissions, and higher in quality of life? Beyond technical gadgets, how is urbanism itself — as a human phenomenon, not just a European one — a powerful agent of sustainable development? What special obligation does Europe have, in light of its colonial legacy and the dispersal of an “International Style,” in catalysing a more local, more resilient and more sustainable form of urbanism for other parts of the world — and for itself?
TAG will participate in the conference with TAG Communications Secretary, Peter Kellow, giving a talk entitled
Good City Form: Formal, Informal and Picturesque
Peter Kellow, UK-France architect, regular author with American Arts Quarterly, and member, RIBA, AWG, TAG, and INTBAU.