5th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)

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5th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)

National University of Singapore (NUS)

24th to 26th February 2011, Singapore

Organised by International Forum on Urbanism

In collaboration with National University of Singapore, Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC) and IFOU 2011 Singapore


Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to participate in the 5th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU). The IFoU 2011 conference is entitled “Global Visions: Risks and Opportunities for the Urban Planet” and will be held at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in Singapore from 24th to 26th February, 2011.

The conference will provide an opportunity for architects, urban planners, students and researchers from various disciplines, policy makers, managers, and politicians–all of whom are involved in or interested in the design, planning, and management of the built environment–to engage in the issue of sustainability and to participate in an exchange of visions, concepts, and best practices for our shared planet.

Please visit the IFoU 2011 website at http://globalvisions2011.ifou.org/  for instructions on abstract submission and registration, as well as information on the program schedule and venue/accommodation details.

We anticipate IFoU 2011 to be both an intellectually stimulating forum and a memorable experience for all participants. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you in Singapore.

Invited Keynote Speakers

* CHEONG Koon Hean, Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore


* Balkrishna Vithaldas DOSHI, Vastu-Shilpa Consultants, Ahmedabad

* Jaques FERRIER, Jaques Ferrier Architectures, Paris

* LIU Thai-Ker, RSP Architects, Planers & Engineers, Singapore

* MENG Yan, URBANUS, Shenzhen

* Edward SOJA, UCLA, Los Angeles

Important Dates

Conference Dates:                        February 24th-26th, 2011

Deadline for Abstract Submission:                 September 1st, 2010

Notification of Acceptance:                    October 1st, 2010

Deadline for Full Paper and Early Bird Registration:        December 1st, 2010

Deadline for Late Registration:                February 1st, 2011


Early bird fee (before December 1st, 2010)                    S$390

Last call fee  (before February 1st, 2011)                    S$690

Staff members of the participating institutes of the IFoU-network    S$190

Student fee (without proceedings and conference meals)            S$20

DAILY entrance fee (after February 1st, 2011)                S$250

Conference Topics

A. Urban visions of sustainability

This session will discuss urban visions, built and un-built cities and transformative ideas for the development of sustainable cities, including critiques of model cities and communities built on visions of sustainability.

B. The design of sustainable urban space

This session will discuss the planning and design of new urban space with regards to sustainable development, including the critique of such spaces as practiced.

C. Waterfronts and Coastal Developments

This session will discuss sustainable strategies for waterfront and coastal developments in the light of global warming, as well as future urban policies and projected development for flood defense, water-management and urban delta development.

D. Urban technologies and sustainability

This session will discuss both the hard and soft technologies that enable sustainable cities, including infrastructure, tools and innovations related to the design and evaluation of sustainable cities, as well as policies, regulations, economic instruments and strategies for management.

E. Sustainable mobility

This session will focus on sustainable solutions for the increasing mobility demand in cities. In this framework advanced systems for mass transportation will be discussed as well as alternatives for the individual mobility demand like hybrid and electric based transportation systems and smart traffic systems. On the other hand, also approaches to reduce the mobility demands by high density developments and smart location choices will be investigated.

F. Planning and new approaches to urban governance

This session will discuss the following questions: What new or enhanced forms of governance are needed to support sustainable development? With an ever expanding international environmental law and policy making regime, how can local institutional machinery be strengthened and better coordinated to achieve sustainability goals?

G. Creative cities and ‘green economies’

This session will discuss social sustainability and urban participation in the making of sustainable cities, the revitalization of urban districts through cultural regeneration and the infusion of creative precincts, as well as people-centred sustainability initiatives and public space. Also concepts and approaches for a new (green) economy will be elaborated.

H. Social justice and sustainable society

This session aims to discuss the rationales and local wisdoms, which enable the urban communities to retain and to sustain their distinctiveness and to survive many trials and tribulations, with special attention is directed towards the informal or community sectors, urban enclaves (which often mislabeled as slums or squatters), traditional/historic urban cores, and rural-urban exchanges.

I. The Asian City

This session provides space for empirical investigation of emergent urbanisms that may be deemed sustainable in the Asian city, but also takes regional urban diversity as a resource for wider theorization.

J. Design projects for the sustainable city

This session is different from the others. It will not focus on the presentation of scientific papers, but on the presentation and discussion of design proposals for sustainable urban projects. In this framework architects and urban designers, students and professionals are asked to submit design concepts that are able to contribute to a more sustainable urban environment, urban economy and urban society. The projects will be assessed and selected by a special jury.

For any queries, please contact: ifou2011@mymicenet.net

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