Call For Papers: Modelling Sustainable Urban Transition

Cardiff castle front, as seen from Castle st.

Cardiff castle front, as seen from Castle st. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Transitions towards more sustainable cities are inherently complex phenomena which cut across many fragmented sectors including water, waste, energy and the built environment. The challenge for urban policy makers is to develop the knowledge and capacity to use resources more sustainably and incorporate this knowledge into the existing urban environment, critical infrastructures, and the lives of the people who live in it.

 Although we cannot predict the future, we know that it will have to conform to the laws of nature, the constraints of ecological systems and the peculiarities of individual human and societal systems. Within the transition research community, much research is being undertaken to develop models to investigate the dynamics of urban transition pathways. However, efforts have thus far being piecemeal and disconnected.

 This symposium, held in Cardiff, UK, on July 3rd-4th 2013, will offer a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations regarding long term urban planning, bringing together academics and practitioners to discuss experiences, opportunities and limitations of using system dynamics modelling approaches to investigate suitable urban transition. A new collaboration network based on the symposium is proposed and a special journal issue in a leading journal will be sought. Funding may be available for travels and accommodations in the UK for invited speakers.

 The themes of the symposium will be

  1. Physical flows: energy, water and waste
  2. Urban infrastructure and urban metabolism
  3. Social transitions
  4. Methodologies
    1. systems thinking and analysis
    2. dynamic modelling

Source : retrofit2050


Les 9 enjeux du Plan de Déplacements Urbains du GrandAngoulême

Le plan de déplacements urbains permet d’organiser dans le temps et dans l’espace, l’ensemble des modes de déplacements des personnes et des marchandises, la circulation et le stationnement sur le territoire.

Offrir à tout habitant du GrandAngoulême, quel que soit son statut social et sa situation géographique, des déplacements de qualité, économiques, notamment pour les trajets domicile-travail.
Amener les entrées de l’agglomération et les centres-bourgs à 15 minutes, en transport en commun, de la future gare LGV (2017) d’Angoulême.

  •   Faire de la gare LGV, futur pôle d’échanges multimodal, le cœur structurant des transports dans  l’agglomération.
  •   Développer un réseau de bus urbains performant autour d’un transport en commun en site propre.
  •   Privilégier les modes de transports les moins polluants : transport en commun, vélos, cheminements piétons.

Actuellement, 77 000 véhicules/jour circulent sur l’agglomération.

  •     Promouvoir de nouvelles mobilités : véhicules en temps partagé, covoiturage…
  •     Permettre aux usagers de combiner plusieurs modes de transport au cours d’un même trajet.
  •     Contribuer à l’attractivité et au dynamisme économique du territoire.
  •     Encourager les entreprises et les collectivités publiques à favoriser le transport de leur personnel par les       transports en commun et le covoiturage.

De nouvelles mobilités pour le territoire de demain !

Réorganiser les transports sur l’Agglomération par la mise en Place de nouveaux Services pour permettre aux Habitants de se déplacer facilement et librement sans avoir Recours à leur Voiture individuelle.
Favoriser l’utilisation des transports en commun par la réorganisation du réseau :

Rapide entre les centres-bourg et le cœur d’agglomération : des « bus à haut niveau de service » circulant sur des voies réservées et des lignes structurantes avec des aménagements ponctuels pour mettre tous les centres-bourgs à environ un quart d’heure de la gare d’Angoulême et son pôle multimodal.

  •  Fréquent et ponctuel : des horaires cadencés et un système d’information performant indiquant les temps d’attente et de parcours.
  • Simple et mieux adapté aux usagers : une billetique unique et une coordination des offres et des tarifs.
  • Totalement accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

Accompagner la réorganisation du réseau par des aménagements urbains :

  •   Faciliter le passage d’un mode de transport à un autre : un pôle d’échanges multimodal (PEM) à la gare d’Angoulême, créations de parkings relais aux entrées de l’agglomération et des mini-pôles d’échanges complémentaires dans chaque commune.
  •   Aménager un nouveau cadre de vie autour des déplacements : privilégier l’implantation des logements et des services à proximité des transports, aménager des zones de circulation apaisée dans les centres-bourgs et les quartiers

Source : GrandAngoulême

Go Green Day

A big call out for everyone to take part!

This year we’re all gearing up towards Go Green! A national day on Friday 19 October, where everyone wears something green to show their support for Size of Wales. This could be as extravagant as a green wig and green facepaint or a subtle as green socks or a green necklace. But the main thing is that everyone can get involved.

So far we’ve had lots of schools wanting to Go Green! They’re holding no school uniform days, up and down the country. Businesses are also taking part with dress down days. In fact, any workplace can take part. It really is very easy. Simply wear something green or do something ‘green themed’ and donate £1 to the Size of Wales.

£1 will help protect an area of rainforest the size of one rugby pitch. We’re excited about supporting the rainforest, and we want to have fun in the process.

Here are some of the ideas that we’ve had so far….

– Wear something green to work or school/college

– Hold a Green Fashion Show or clothes swap

– Take pictures of your ‘greenness’

– Take some face paint into work and get on the attack!

– Paint something green e.g. light bulb

– Have one meal that is 100% green in your canteen

– Change your facebook profile picture green

– Bake green cup cakes for everyone

– Write everything in green ink (with a good excuse)

– Green nail varnish (you know you want to)

– Green cocktail party after work

We need you to make Go Green Day massive! Come on Wales!

Be as creative as you like and have as much fun as you can. It could be your only chance to wear that Christmas jumper or novelty skirt that you can’t bear to throw away.

Take lots of photos, as we’ll also be launching a photo competition.

Register for Go Green Day

Source : Size of ales 2012 Events

Sustainable Urban Development: the Role of the Civil Society

This workshop is being organised as part of the EU-China Mayors’ Forum which is taking place in the context of the EU-China Urbanization Partnership. The Forum will take place  back-to-back with the 8th EU-China Summit to be held in Brussels on 20 September 2012. The aim of the EU-China Urbanization Partnership is to find solutions to the challenges of urbanisation. Europe is one of the most urbanized continents of the world with more than two thirds of the European population living in cities. China is still experiencing an unprecedented rate of urbanization that could well bring its urban population from the current 47, 5% to 60% of the total population by 2030. The focus of this first EU-China Urbanization Partnership meeting in Brussels is on sharing experiences and ideas on how to make urban development sustainable and socially inclusive.

The EESC is organising the workshop in order to highlight the role of civil society in urban development. Civil society’s commitment and involvement in urbanization projects is a prerequisite to their success. This event will present various, interesting experiences of civil society involvement in sustainable urbanization project from two different perspectives: 1. citizens’ action in support of greening cities; 2. initiatives by local authorities’ to involve civil society in urban development.