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Published on Monday, February 14, 2022

Abstract

This conference is proposed within the framework of the issues associated with climate change and the sustainability of the cities of tomorrow. It is a question of dealing with the double problem of the adaptation of cities to climate change and to the new solutions envisaged by urban decision-makers. The urban context offers an important angle of observation in view of the role of the built environment on the sustainability of cities. This international conference calls for contributions from disciplines dealing with urban planning, architecture, heritage, engineering, urban planning reglementations and building materials.

Announcement

General context

This last decade has been marked by a considerable rise in temperatures, the highest ever recorded. This global warming not only generates increasingly widespread environmental but also socio-economic risks: risks of depletion of energy, food and water resources, increased pollution, health risks, etc. In August 2021, the report by the Groupes d' Intergovernmental experts on climate change (IPCC) who insist on the state of emergency and the increased risk of climate change in the Mediterranean region. This is considered a "sensitive area" to climate change for its many vulnerability factors: human activities concentrated in coastal areas, strong dependence on water resources, a climate favoring droughts and extreme events such as flash floods – also called “Mediterranean episodes”.

Cities and climate change are intimately linked. Globally, cities consume more than two-thirds of energy and are the source of more than 70% of CO2 emissions. The choices that will be made in terms of urban infrastructure in the decades to come – whether in terms of town planning, energy efficiency, energy production or transport – will have a decisive impact on gas emissions at greenhouse effect. "It is in the cities that the outcome of the climate battle is decided," said António Guterres, the UN Secretary General. Looking closely, the built environment is found to be at the heart of the problem. Indeed, the building sector is the first consumer of energy with 37% of the total consumption in the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations for adaptation strategies therefore require the built framework SDG11, entitled sustainable cities and communities. The recommended goal of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through spatial planning, sustainable urban planning, mobility, sustainable architecture, local materials etc Nearly a hundred major cities around the world (Los Angeles, Paris, London, etc.) have already recognized the climate emergency. Last October, they adopted a “new green pact” committing to replacing polluting vehicles with clean alternatives, to creating “zero carbon” buildings and a “zero waste” policy. The sector indeed has a strong potential for mitigation in view of the alternatives which appear and which are of increasing interest to researchers.

Objectives

This conference is proposed within the framework of the issues associated with climate change and the sustainability of the cities of tomorrow. It is a question of dealing with the double problem of the adaptation of cities to climate change and to the new solutions envisaged by urban decision-makers.

The urban context offers an important angle of observation in view of the role of the built environment on the sustainability of cities. Indeed, cities are not only important centers of energy production and consumption, but they are also the main centers of decision-making and creation of adaptation strategies. Moreover, often encouraged in the management of urban space, participatory approaches are becoming more and more adopted in the reflection and development of responses to crises, such as climate change.

The participation of various stakeholders in decision-making can greatly improve the understanding of the evolution of urban space and the crises it faces.  Nevertheless, the consultation of a wide range of actors represents one of the fundamental challenges for participatory governance in general, and for climate policy in particular. Thus, it seems relevant to question the position of cities with regard to the proposed double challenge, sustainability – adaptation. First, the issue of sustainable urban development, as formulated in international agreements such as the Alborg Charter, highlighted the important role of cities and their commitments.

Then, since cities are the ones, most affected by the effects of climate change, they are now considered from the point of view of their specific vulnerability to risks.

This conference will be an opportunity to bring together academic scientists and researchers to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of sustainability concerns, methods and approaches. It also offers an interdisciplinary forum allowing researchers, practitioners and teachers to present and discuss the pedagogies adopted, innovations, trends, problems encountered and solutions adopted in the field of architecture and urban planning in the face of climate change.

The purpose of this conference is therefore:

  • To study the risks that cities face in the face of this climate change, and to present the environmental and socio-economic repercussions
  • To consider the design principles of sustainable urban planning that take into account the climatic factor in order to improve the quality of life of city dwellers, whether from the point of view of comfort, controlled energy consumption, health risk...
  • To deal with the interlocking of the urban and architectural scales, which are intimately linked and which are dependent
  • To highlight innovative solutions to deal with climate change, from the specific angle of architecture
  • To approach sustainability in relation to architectural and urban heritage
  • To approach the governance of cities from the specific angle of participatory approaches

The objectives of this meeting are not only to make designers aware of their role but also to exchange experiences and knowledge around the sustainability of cities and the awareness of urban decision-makers.

Conference topics

This international conference calls for contributions from disciplines dealing with urban planning, architecture, heritage, engineering, urban planning law and building materials…

The symposium focuses particularly on the following themes, and not limited to:

Urban planning, climate change and issues

  • Sustainable urban planning, regulations and adaptation policies
  • City, resilience and adaptation to climate change
  • Energy efficiency and comfort in urban areas
  • Governance and participatory approaches
  • Urban mobility

Resilient and Responsible Architecture

  • Sustainable architecture
  • Energy efficiency and thermal comfort in buildings
  • Construction materials and innovation
  • The sustainable approach in the teaching of architecture

Heritage and sustainable development

  • Sustainable restoration and rehabilitation
  • Sustainable aspects of heritage
  • The difficulties of heritage sustainability
  • Participatory practices for the preservation and promotion of heritage

Organizers and partners

The international conference “Climate change – Towards the sustainability of cities” is organized by the LaRPA, Heritage and Architecturology Research Laboratory (LR21ES20), more specifically the PAE3C team: Heritage, Architecture and Environment, Knowledge, Understanding and Conservation; from the National School of Architecture and Urbanism of Tunis (ENAU), University of Carthage.

The partners of this conference are:

  • The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) – North Africa-Tunis organization which is a German green non-governmental organization which works with partners in more than 60 countries and which has a network of 34 offices around the world. Among the principles and values ​​that drive them, they aspire to assert human dignity, defend the rights of future generations to a healthy environment and promote equal opportunities for all. Their fundamental principles are essentially, sustainable development, democracy and human rights.
  • The “Edifices & Mémoires” association, aims to reclaim heritage "differently", it positions itself as a mediating body between scientific research and citizen action. “Edifices & Mémoires” seeks to offer everyone, not only a multidisciplinary research-action field for those who will need to have access to surveys, maps, information on places that are part of our memory of yesterday and 'today, but also to offer a field of study, immersion and meeting between professionals, academics, artists and any citizen wishing to value and set up new technologies to facilitate access and appropriate " otherwise" heritage.

Terms of submission

The communication proposals must be in the form of a long abstract clearly indicating the problem addressed, the case of study, the methodology adopted as well as the most important results. It is a text of 2500 words maximum, there must be a title, 4 to 5 keywords, an indicative bibliography, accompanied by a short biography (status, email, affiliation, establishment, address). At the following address: colloque.changementclimatique@gmail.com

The accepted languages are French and English.

The participant must mention:

  • The format of the intervention (oral presentation with long article or poster with short article)
  • The axis and the sub-theme of the intervention

The evaluations will be carried out double-blind review, in line with the themes of the conference and according to the originality of the communication as well as its scientific rigor.

Ultimately, the final communications will be:

  • orals of 15 minutes, with a long article of 8 to 12 pages maximum
  • poster format, with a short article of 4 to 6 pages maximum

The templates for the final versions will be communicated later.

Important dates

  • Launch of the call: 08/02/2022
  • Deadline for receipt of long abstracts: 05/03/2022

  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 02/04/2022
  • Receipt of final articles + registration / payment: 05/14/2022
  • Date of the conference: 06, 07 and 08/06/2022

Registration and participation fees

Maghreb participants (researchers or professionals / doctoral students): 250 DT / 180DT

Foreign participants (researchers or professionals / doctoral students): 200 Euros / 130 Euros

These costs cover documentation, coffee breaks and lunches.

They do not cover accommodation and travel.

Scientific committee

  • Pr. Fakher Kharrat, Architect, LaRPA, ENAU, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Pr. Yadh Zahar, Urban planner, ENAU,  University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Pr. Pierre Fernandez, Architect, ENSA Toulouse, France
  • Dr. Sami Yassine Turki, Urban planner, ISTEUB, University of  de Carthage, Tunisia
  • Dr. Mariem Jaidane, Engineer, ENIT, University of Manar, Tunisia
  • Dr. Afef Hammami Marrakchi, PhD in law, FDSF, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Dr. Hind Karoui, Architect, ENAU, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Dr. Samia Ben Rejeb, Architect, Polytechnical School of  Bruxelles (U.L.B)
  • Dr. Lilia Makhloufi, Architect, Polytechnical School of Architecture and Urban planning EPAU, Algeriers, Algeria
  • Dr. Safa Achour Younsi, Architect, ENAU, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Dr. Olfa Ben Medien, Architect Urban planner, ISTEUB, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Dr. Hind Ben Othmen, Architect Urban planner, ISTEUB, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Dr. Yasmine Attia Ben Cherifa, Architect Urban planner, ISTEUB, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Ines Khalifa, Engineer, PhD and Project Manager in Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre, Tunisia

Organization committee members

  • Nour El Houda Jouini, Architect, PhD , LaRPA, ENAU, University of Carthage,Tunisia
  • Safa Achour Younsi, Architect, PhD,, LaRPA, ENAU, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Asma Guedria, Architect, PhD, ISTEUB, LaRPA, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Athar Chabchoub, Architect, PhD, LaRPA, ENAU, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • Nidhal Attia, Program coordinator, Fondation Heinrich Böll Stiftung Tunisia, Tunisia
  • Safa Cherif, Architect, PhD Student, University La Sapienza / University of Carthage, LaRPA, Edifices & Mémoires
  • Khaoula Stiti, Architect, PhD Student, UlB – University of Carthage, LaRPA, Edifices & Mémoires

Places

  • Tunis, Tunisia

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022

Keywords

  • changement climatique, architecture, urbanisme durable, patrimoine

Contact(s)

  • Safa Achour
    courriel : colloque [dot] changementclimatique [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Safa Achour
    courriel : colloque [dot] changementclimatique [at] gmail [dot] com

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Climate change. Towards city’s sustainability », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, February 14, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/189i

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