The world is changing dramatically and cities are facing major social, geopolitical, economic and climate challenges that affect the quality of our lives. It became evident that we can no longer base our urban planning solely on profit-based criteria and commercial interests, therefore we need to make changes in the direction of more sustainable, inclusive urban planning that will take into account the regeneration and restoration of natural resources and the needs of all citizens, especially sensible groups. Additionally, the sectoral approach to planning often overlooks the interrelationships and synergistic potentials of the diverse elements of urban metabolism, which further reduces the quality of life in cities.
The gathered experts and representatives of relevant institutions will discuss how to include these perspectives in the public dialogue on planning more sustainable, healthier and happier cities and achieve synergy of people-centered approach with significant environmental and economic benefits for all citizens.
Experts from the international projects Clever Cities, euPOLIS and HEART, which offer innovative solutions in the field of participatory urban planning and implementation of nature-inspired urban interventions, and specialists on gender equality and public health invite representatives of city institutions and the event participants to think together “out of the box” and open space for improving the planning process, by identifying concrete steps towards the institutionalization of these criteria in our urban practice and procedures.