What is the impact of the cities’ dynamics, on the “Happiness of the city”?
The geographical conditions, areas of specialization, production capabilities and the social texture of the cities stand out as dynamics contributing to the “Happy Cities” ideal. A detailed analysis of these dynamics as the driving force of the city’s progress is in order. This session will involve an investigation and interpretation of the dynamics of the city, culminating in the identification of happiness factors.
What is urban transformation and renewal? How should it occur?
Transformation and renewal are inescapable facts, given the demands of the era, natural wear and tear, and the effects of disasters. Central and local governments engage in urban renewal and transformation arrangements with a view to offering a better life to city dwellers the “Revival of The Cities” session will discuss the transformation and renewal activities’ impact on the cities, the existing state of affairs, and the ideal sought.
What is the meaning of culture and arts for city life?
Culture and arts are capable of changing, improving and transforming the city as well as the life of the city-dweller. This session will discuss the sustainability of high-quality culture and arts events, and investigate the contributions of cultural and artistic production, to the city and the civilization.
What is facing the cities, what does the future entail?
The urbanization trend leads to radical changes in the abstract and material identity of the city, starting with the architectural domain. We are facing a new city image, shaped by gentrification, ghettoization, as well as new opportunities. This session will discuss the new image of the city, and the opportunities for contributing to that image.
What is the impact of sports and the sports industry on the happiness of the cities?
Sports, with all its amateur and professional branches, stand out as an important factor affecting the quality of city life. Some sports can even become an indispensable element of the city spirit. This session will discuss the sports infrastructure of the cities, the sports activities taking place, and the contribution of sports thereof to the ideal of “Happy Cities”.
How to the rise of the urban identity?
How will the information technologies and the urban mind meet?
Today, cities are going through a reorganization under the impact of the “Smart city” concept, -which was added into the urban glossary- by the technological transformation. A certain shared wisdom needs to be developed at the crossroads of the smart city phenomenon and the urban mind. This session will see a discussion of the urban mind’s rendezvous with technology, to facilitate concerted action towards the goal of a “Happy City”.
How do cities become brand names? How do they set trends?
The trends generated at the cities are often destined to become contributions to globalization. Trend-setting cities, in turn, are capable of influencing the vision and life style worldwide. This session will discuss the means of becoming a “Trend-setting city” with a global distinctiveness and value, as well as the impact of setting trends, on the brand of the city.
How to build a sustainable city?
The united nations expect that more than one hundred cities will join the club of a million-plus club of metropolises by the year 2030, while by the year 2050, urbanization rates are expected to reach 90 percent, with Asia and Africa leading the trend. In this context, the cities’ social, cultural and economic needs only grow. This session will essentially discuss the sustainability of the cities.