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Designing sustainable urban futures through green local practices upscaled with latest technologies

Olga Chepelianskaia



Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 3
Greener Urban Futures
TE 19


The training event will guide national and local officials, policy makers, urban development practitioners, urban designers and planners, real estate developers, builders, economists and citizens on how to design sustainable urban futures by tapping into the city’s unique assets and into latest technologies.

One-size-fits-all urban development model largely failed our cities. Sustainable but slow-moving local practices, however, don’t match today’s rapid urbanization needs either. We want to reconcile the need for rapidly building affordable urban fabric with the need for sustainable, liveable and unique urban realms.

To achieve this aim, UNICITI’s not-for-profit initiative A Third Way of Building Asian Cities brings together local knowledge and cutting-edge technologies through innovative practice-oriented research and pilot projects. Launched in 2019 at the 55th ISOCARP World Urban Congress in Jakarta, it is now supported by 16 International Experts and 100+ Volunteers of Change from nearly 40 countries.

The training event will share insights into a few break-through solutions identified by the initiative. It is an interactive session where you get a chance to network and exchange your ideas and perspectives. We offer 4 mini hands-on sessions demonstrating context-driven interventions at different urban morphological layers:

Step 1: Identifying the object: demonstrate how unique local building typologies can be generated through analyzing and reusing the existing building profiles.

Step 2: Creating a 2-dimensional plan: strategize open spaces such as streets, highways, squares and green spaces to reduce impacts of urban heat island effect.

Step 3: Adding a 3-dimensional cluster: test a high-density-low-rise urban development model for an improved climate resilience, sustainability, quality of life, cultural vibrancy and social interactions while making room for rapid urban growth.

Step 4: Commercial implementation: analyze and promote economic viability of sustainable urban solutions among builders and real estate developers.

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In this training event you will gain insights on:

  • Why and how make Asian cities’ urban fabric visually unique again
  • How to shift towards urban designs and planning leading to unique and sustainable urban developments
  • Understand the role of programming and GIS in mapping and sustainably regenerating the local urban fabric
  • Understand how to use the Urban Morphometrics tool: a technology driven tool generating local context tailored urban design plans
  • Bridge the gap between profitable and sustainable urban interventions

Finally, you will have an opportunity to join international experts to learn, interact, innovate, test and implement solutions for unique and sustainable cities, in collaboration with UNICITI and its global network.

Session speakers

Ms. Olga Chepelianskaia
Founding Director
Prof. Sergio Porta and team
Director, Urban Design Studies Unit
University of Strathclyde
Ar. Julio Carrillo
Ar. Ashok B. Lall
Principal Architect
Ashok B. Lall and Associates
Mr. Olivier Redoules and team
Senior Economist