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Overall Themes

ECWS Themes_Nov 2014

Urban Design for Liveability and Resilience
ECWS 2015 will encourage the development and application of solutions that improve urban eco-design such as footpaths, green-spaces, and bicycle-friendly infrastructure construction. By using the right construction materials and techniques, and through appropriate financing, cultural traditions can remain a part of eco-design and green infrastructure.

Urban Systems Footprints and Metabolism
ECWS 2015 delegates will present tangible solutions aimed at improving urban systems – developing systems that make things work. This is done via innovation in reducing cities’ carbon-footprints; contributing to a healthier metabolism through reducing food waste; educating the population about the benefits of sustainability; developing integrated and more eco-friendly water and energy solutions; and promoting realistic financing schemes for green architecture. An integrated approach that does not undermine the role of technology and systemic analyses are key to Low Impact Development (LID).

Social Systems that Facilitate Ecocities
ECWS 2015 will define and promote human strategies for eco-neighbourhoods in a challenging climate, and propose an action plan for Abu Dhabi to bring it one step closer to becoming an ecologically healthy city. Key concepts will include improved governance of resources; eco-literacy; eco-actions incentives (such as solar panel rebates, LED lighting, etc.); a rise of social networks; equity; health; and culture.

Cities in Balance with Nature
ECWS 2015 will generate ideas and create ways to reintegrate nature into cities in order to create a healthier equilibrium. With nature as a guide, and through preservation of the old and exploration of new biodiversity, co-existence is made possible.

Plenary Sessions

  • The Challenge of Multidisciplinarity in Sustainable Arid Climate Cities
  • Supporting Ecocity Vision: Buildings and Urban Design through the Ages
  • The Ecocity as Urban Technology
  • Learning From Each Other
  • Ingredients of an Ecocity
  • Current and Future Fixes for Cities: Tools and Perspectives
  • Retrofit Economics: How Does Adding "eco" to Today's Cities Enhance Financing Strategies?
  • Ecocities Past, Present and Future: Creative Leadership
  • Financing Future Cities - A Debate
  • Ecocities and Urban Sustainable Development Goals: Moving towards COP21 and Habitat III
  • Future Leaders: Preparing Youth Through Education and Research

Break Out Sessions

  • Cities and Urban Design - Global State of the Art
  • Building in Hot and Arid Climates Challenges and Innovation
  • “Eco”nomics of Ecocities
  • Visionary Cities: Imagining Tomorrow's Cities Today

  • Smart Cities, Smart Citizens
  • Green Urbanism Micro to Macro Variations on Approach
  • Water Budgeting: A Challenge for the Century
  • Massive Carbon Sequestration and Ending Overshoot

  • Policy and Governance Climate Change and Cities
  • Getting to One Planet Living
  • Resilience on the ground: A Citizen Perspective
  • Urban Mobility: Balancing Demand with Innovation
  • Education for Tomorrow's Ecocitizens

  • One Planet Solutions Global Case Studies
  • One Planet Solutions: Measuring for Impact
  • Biomimicry in Architecture and Urban Design
  • Using Technology to see the Future: Ecocities in Simulation

Dedicated sessions

  • City Form and Resource Flows Workshop

  • Sustainable Urban Indicators and Frameworks Roundtable


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Registration Fee Inclusions

  • Access to breakout, panel and multiple track interactive sessions, roundtable discussions, workshops and presentations, and trade exhibitions
  • Complimentary access to related early bird field trips and selected weekend excursions prior to the Summit
  • Complimentary lunch on each day of the Summit
  • Complimentary invitation to the Welcome Reception at Masdar City
  • Connect with leading international and local experts; from architectural designers to climate change specialists
  • Create partnerships aimed at improving sustainability
  • Share expertise and learn about the latest challenges, opportunities, and industry trends
  • Meet visionary international and regional leaders in government
  • Meet the leaders of the world’s major institutions, including the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme and UN Habitat