12-14 Jun 2017
Gothenburg, Sweden

Water is a great quality in cities, making them attractive. Water strongly influences how we can and should develop the cities. Urban planning can enable more sustainable water management. As cities are facing unprecedented demands and challenges, such as uncertainty in the provision of safe water; needs for improving living conditions; ensuring safety from floods related to climate change and natural disasters; and raising awareness for action to form water-wise communities. Water professionals and urban planners need more than ever to share their knowledge to develop the most sustainable solutions, fostering synergies between water, energy, waste, food, and achieving livability outcomes for the city.

Traditional water planning and management methods will have to morph to become more regenerative, more risk resilient and more efficient with better and simpler management. This means urban professionals will need to find solutions that work across disciplines. This conference will focus on the interdisciplinary efforts necessary for such integration and change to occur.

Save the date to come and join us to learn and share on “sustainable urban water” planning and design at different scales. Join the journey to Water Wise Cities by submitting a paper to share your experience during the event!

Themes and topics
Each theme will focus on innovations in practice that work, and new thinking in academia.

1. Water for an Attractive City
Water in urban planning for enhanced livability and citizens’ wellbeing

Water as a quality in the city – for livability, well-being and profit. Visionary future agendas preparing for the Habitat III New Urban Agenda 2030.

Water sensitive urban design, implementing blue-green solutions. Innovative stormwater solutions for growing and denser cities; integrating drainage and rain water collection in urban planning with co-benefits; transformation of waterways and ports.

Integrated Technologies to enable smart urban design and management. Smart assessment approaches to help at identifying the sustainable options for urban design at the early stage. Development of advanced sensors, software, and monitor devices.

2. Managing Uncertain Futures
Planning under uncertainty, adapting to climate change, enhancing cities resilience to flooding and water scarcity risks

Climate adaptation towards floods and droughts. Enhancing cities resilience to flooding and water scarcity risks; planning strategies to mitigate risks and uncertainty; water related risk assessment and modelling. Consequences of inaction.

3. Regenerative Water Cities
Regenerative water services for sustainable use and management of water resources

Planning and designing regenerative city services. Sustainable infrastructure systems. Building designs and constructions enabling regenerative water services (reuse, energy recovery, rain water harvesting). Spatial planning for the integration of water, waste, energy and agriculture. Resource recovery of energy and materials - what are the implications for urban planning and cross-sectoral collaboration?

Governance aspects and transdisciplinary water management. The need to take full control of water in the cities, involving all relevant administrations, businesses and the civil society. Change management in planning departments.

4. Engaged Community
Transdisciplinary water management engaging the community

Communication and Community Engagement. Water wise communities, citizen engagement programs, transition acceptance strategies, community supported innovation and development.