[SE15-HAB] The Contemporary City in the North-South Debate: Innovation Trajectories in Research and Practice

DAY 3 – Wednesday 4 May – 11:45-13:15
Swiss Tech | Room 1A | Level Garden

Session Leaders | Summary | Panelists and Abstracts

 

Session Leaders

Jean-Claude Bolay
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Jean-Claude Bolay is the Director of the Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) at EPFL. A sociologist by training, he specialized in urban issues in Latin America, Asia, and West Africa. He prepared his PhD in Political Sciences at El Colegio de Mexico, then at UC Berkeley, USA. He has carried out many international research projects in urban societies, sustainable development, and poverty reduction in developing countries. He was a scientific advisor and evaluator for Swiss and European institutions. Since 2005, he is Adjunct Professor at LASUR-EPFL.

     

Marija Cvetinovic
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Marija Cvetinovic is a PhD candidate at EPFL. Her research focuses on urban development, post-socialist urban planning, participatory processes, and their potential to reduce the negative effects of globalization and urbanization in post-socialist cities. She obtained her Master degree in Architecture (University of Belgrade), has worked in architectural practices, and been involved in artistic and social activities in Belgrade which gave her a broader picture of current potentials and conflicts in transitional countries.

   

Summary

The city is dynamic, itinerant, multi-layered, contingent – an arena of exchange among urban actors and stakeholders, built environment, technologies, and infrastructures. This is accentuated in the modern globalized world where the rapid flow of people and information has profoundly transformed the perception of space and time, lifestyles and our sense of community and self. The contemporary city becomes an interface of flattened reality in which the various disciplinary concepts are merely particular entry points from which to reflect on cities and to address the urban in its elusive complexity and dynamics. Meanwhile, the focus of these processes and their immediate effects has shifted to poorer and less developed regions. Although the urban conflicts faced by developing countries seem particularly serious and complex, the possible solutions are not radically different from those applied in developed countries. At this point, we are interested in examining the relationship between technologies, knowledge and power in advanced technological, technical and methodological approaches in urban research and practice worldwide, with an emphasis on Global South.

Starting with formulating the path of innovation in urban research and practice, the focus will be tackling strategies, approaches, and tools to enhance the social impact of various urban decision making approaches. The session will concentrate on knowledge transfer and encourage the exchange of North-North, North-South, South-North, and South-South experience with regards to the various stages in the application of technological and methodological innovation in the academic, administrative, technical and practical domains in cities and in urban research. The major challenge is to examine if we can find common ground where contextualized theory, practices, techniques, expertise and politics come together in discussing the interplay between the different power poles that deal with urban planning, governance and management in developing, emerging and transitional countries. The intended far-reaching goal is to empower the scientific community, local stakeholders, non-governmental and civil sectors dealing with these topics (urban development, governance, management, and planning) and bring about trans-, multi- and pluri-disciplinary cooperation for technological and social innovation.

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Tobias Baitsch, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Advancing Analytical Tools to Understand Urban Planning: Mapping Controversies around the Mumbai Development Plan 2014-2034 [PDF Full Paper]

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Francesca De Filippi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, Miramap: A Collective Awareness Platform to Support Open Policy-Making and the Integration of the Citizens’ Perspective in Urban Planning and Governance

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Slavka Zekovic, Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia, Megaprojects as Instrument of Urban Planning and Development: Example of Belgrade Waterfront Project [PDF Full Paper]

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Pierre Jaboyedoff, EffinArt, Switzerland, Technologies for Energy-Efficient Residential Buildings in Cities in Tropical Climates of Developing Countries. The Case of India

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