What can be done to improve the social responsibility awareness of the city-dwellers?
The needs of the cities go beyond the capabilities, powers and responsibilities of local authorities. Embracing the urban identity in tandem with the development of the city-dweller culture, and developing the volunteering perspective are crucial in this context. This session will discuss voluntary participation in government, and volunteering activities as an element of power.
How does globalization affect the cities and city networks?
In parallel to the process of globalization, we are witnessing the rise of global cities. Cities from across the world become ever more interconnected, thanks to networks of finance, trade, and creative services. This session will discuss the effects of the networks rising among “Global cities”, and the consequences thereof.
How can the transportation problems of the cities be overcome?
Regardless of the level of technological progress, transportation continues to rank high on the list of major urban issues. The management of traffic, and the emphasis on mass transit and bicycle lanes is crucial for truly sustainable cities. This session will discuss various aspects of the transportation problems affecting the cities, and potential solutions.
What should be the role of local governments in development?
In the context of national development, the local governments play a part that rivals the role of the central government. Building cities with a high level of socio-economic welfare is primarily their responsibility. This session will discuss the experiences of local governments in development contexts, the problems faced, as well as the solutions proposed.
How should the cities get prepared for disasters?
Earthquakes are among the most important risks facing the cities. The planning and preparations for potential disasters and earthquake risks the cities face, are crucial. This session will discuss the scale of and propose solutions the problem, through presentations by experts.
How can we build safe cities free of crime?
Demographic variety and population density, coupled with the delicate balance of supply and demand, lead to an increase in the complexity and frequency of the crimes committed in and against the cities. This session will discuss the elements of urban crimes, the means to handle them, and the approaches for preventing crime, with a view to building more hospitable cities.
How can the cities be more hospitable for the women?
Enabling women in terms of making full use of the opportunities and services provided by the city, in a healthy, safe and peaceful manner is a defining feature of any city. This session will discuss the conditions and opportunities for producing unity / equality out of the gender differences.
What is the impact of the building inventory on the city and the city dwellers?
The characteristics of the building inventory stand out among major factors shaping the social and physical life in the city. It affects all dimensions of the city, from infrastructure to sociology, security to transportation, shaping the life of the city-dwellers. The session will discuss the existing building inventory, the requirements brought about by urbanization, and the efforts to associate it with city-dwellers.
How can the cities be rendered more hospitable for the children and the elderly?
The cities see improved rates of healthy birth, as well as increased life-expectancy at birth. Yet, the cities have been offering less and less living spaces for the children and the elderly. This session will discuss how to enhance the quality of life of the children and the elderly at the cities, how to expand their living spaces, and how to improve the interactions the children and the elderly have.
What would be the contribution of the zero waste perspective to happy cities?
Waste management in cities is a crucial factor in terms of ensuring the sustainability of natural resources, and the impact on the environment of the city dweller. Zero waste is a current goal for turkey as well. This session will discuss the contribution of zero waste and effective waste management, to the natural resources and economy of the city.
Can artificial intelligence make cities happy?
Employed in various domains of human life, from energy savings to protecting the environment, from budget projections for local governments to traffic planning, artificial intelligence improves the quality of life of the city dwellers, and easily supplies the data required to achieve the “Happy City” ideal. This session will discuss the role of artificial intelligence in achieving the happiness of the city.
How can urban identity be developed?
The identity of each city is shaped through a historical process. Today many cities find themselves undergoing major changes regarding their identity produced through the millennia. This session will discuss the scope of the dynamics comprising the urban identity, and the potential for developing urban identity.
How can the cities be more hospitable for the people with disabilities?
Urban design featuring public squares, movie theaters, shopping malls, and museums enabling those with disabilities to participate fully in life and to move without any hindrance is of great importance. This session will discuss various aspects of the problems faced by the people with disabilities in urban contexts, as well as the solutions proposed.