Eco-Cities – Planning, Design, Development and Management Practices

Ecocities are defined as cities in balance with nature. They are modeled to create the self-sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems and to reduce cities` impact on the environment. There is an increasing awareness of ecocities all around the world. This ecologically sustainable urban development model has been used to build new cities and to establish urban renovation projects.

In this context the goal of the symposium is to cover planning, design, development, and management practices of ecocities at different scales. This symposium will bring together researchers and experts from countries with different backgrounds to discuss and provide ideas and illustration of ecocity solutions for creating resilient ecocities.
Main topics of this session are:
  • Well-connected and functioning green and blue infrastructure
    • Green and blue corridors
    • Natural and semi-natural ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services of urban green areas
    • Species richness
    • Pollution removal, carbon sequestration, stormwater management, clean air, water and soil
  • Nature Based Solutions – (Semi-natural ecosystems resembling natural ecosystems)
    • Ecological restoration
    • Increasing ecological resilience
  • Ecological awareness of urban residents
    • Ecological education
    • Biodiversity observation, species counting
  • Ecologically responsible urbanization
    • Reducing pollution, sustainability
    • Multi-model approach to transportation, energy efficient building
  • Designing Eco-cities at different scales
    • Innovative design, planning (practice) and evaluations
    • Eco-districts, eco-streets
    • Environment, cultural, social and economic benefits
    • Community health and wellbeing