[Public Seminar] Making Smart City Liveable (?) Participatory Planning, Arts & Urban Governance in Barcelona

[Public Seminar] Making Smart City Liveable (?) Participatory Planning, Arts & Urban Governance in Barcelona

Date(s): 21/11/2014
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

AAB709, Academic and Administration Building, Hong Kong Baptist University, Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong

Language: English

Admission: Free, please register below.

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Speaker(s):Dr. Christina West, Visiting Scholar of EUAP/ Visiting Professor of the University of Koblenz-Landau (Department of Environmental Sciences, Geography)/ Assistant Professor and Senior researcher of University of Mannheim (Department of Economic Geography)


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#1 Award-Giving Ceremony of “Green the City” Blog Competition

The competition was held from February to April 2014 as the EUAP’s first activity organized for secondary school students, aiming to arouse students’ awareness towards the local environmental issues.

Students were invited to write a blog on one of the below topics using examples from European Cities:

– Towards a Bike-Friendly City: Urban Cycling in HK

– Towards a Zero-Waste City: Waste Reduction in HK

Awardees of “Best Blog Entry” will be presented the awards and share with us their experiences and ideas.


#2 Public Seminar by Dr. Christina West “MAKING SMART CITY LIVEABLE (?):


What is the City but the people?” (Shakespeare)

Barcelona is one of the world references for “Smart Cities” – a development strategy to address urban problems and to find sustainable solutions for the future of our cities, which is more or less ICT-oriented. Different aspects about “how?” to enhance the urban liveability for everybody as well as economic welfare in cities are largely or selectively overlooked.

But especially the recognition of Barcelona as a vibrant participatory city shows that such ambitions can be realized only with active citizens’ participation in planning processes, urban social movements, arts and urban governance.

Dr. Christina West give unexpected insights how the liveability could be improved if “Smart City” is linked with long-lasting experiences of different urban governance processes and why the transversal practices of arts playing a crucial role in the making of a liveable, sustainable, smart and wise city.

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