Urban Growth 2020
2nd International Conference on Urban Growth and the Circular Economy
9–11 September 2020
The International Conference on Urban Growth and the Circular Economy was held for the first time in 2018 in Alicante. Following its success, it was decided to reconvene the event in Bilbao, Spain, in 2020.
The quest for the sustainable city has until recently focused on the efficient use of resources with the application of technical advances giving rise to the definition of SMART Cities. The economic model emphasised, however, is still “linear” in the sense that the design and consumption follow the pattern of extraction of natural resources, manufacturing, product usage and waste disposal.
The continuous growth of the urban population has recently given rise to the emergence of a new model which responds better to the challenges of natural resource depletion as well as waste management. This model has been called the “circular economy”.
The circular economy is a recent concept based on the reuse of what up to now has been considered wastes, reintroducing them into the production cycle. The objective of the circular economy is to reduce consumption and achieve savings in terms of raw materials, water and energy, thus contributing to the preservation of resources in order to reach sustainable development.
The basis of the circular economy can be summarised as follows:
- Eco-consumption: It starts with the evaluation of the possible environmental impacts of the process.
- Industrial Ecology: The industrial phase is based on the principle of optimisation of components, the flow of materials, energy and services.
- Economic Functionality: The process gives more importance to use than possession; ie to the sale of services rather than goods.
- Reuse: Aim to use waste to create new products. This phase also involves the repairs, recycling and value-added procedures to prolong the life of any given products or services.
The achievement of the goals proposed by the circular economy requires the cooperation of the community, as well as technological changes and advances.
The need to base suitable development on the environmental, economic and social points of view, demands an integrated approach to solve the city problems including planning and development.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible by completing this form. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. Please submit only one abstract per person.
The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Urban Growth 2020. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.
- Infrastructure and eco-architecture
- Green urban areas
- Landscape and planning
- City heritage and its regeneration
- Quality of life
- Urban transport
- Energy systems
- Water reuse
- Air contamination
- Water pollution
- Waste management and recycling
- Noise pollution
- Waste water systems
- Risk analysis
- Recreation in the city
- Coastal cities
- Socio-economic issues
- Law and regulation
- Production of goods and services
- Consumption issues
- New design practices
- Smart technologies
- Mobility in the city
- Safety aspects
- Smart habitats
- Systems resilience
- City governance
- Community participation
- Water heritage protection
- Circular economy at city level
- Case studies