Date: 23-24 November 2016
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) and Seoul Metropolitan Government are organizing the LUCI Annual General Meeting in Seoul from 2-6 November 2016. CityNet is supporting partner of the event.
This international forum for cities on urban lighting provides a platform for a broad range of stakeholders such as local governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private companies. Representatives from cities from around the world will showcase and discuss innovative urban lighting initiatives and trends, addressing issues such as energy efficiency, smart lighting, light festivals, and more.
Please join the event and take the opportunity to connect with other important stakeholders and promote your innovative projects in the field of urban lighting.
LUCI is an international network of cities and lighting professionals committed to using light as a major tool for sustainable urban, social and economic development.
More information, including the program can be found on the event’s official website here: http://www.luciassociation.org/seoul-welcome/
The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) is hosting the Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) 2016 Seoul in association with the World Bank and Seoul Metropolitan Government on October 9th-15th, 2016. The objective of the program is to help build capacity for holistic and comprehensive planning at leadership levels.
This workshop will take place in Seoul and cover important issues for urban transport leaders such as integrated transport planning, ICT in transportation, PPP, and other key challenges.
You will have opportunities to participate in presentations, group discussions, site visits to Korea’s cutting-edge transport related institutions, and networking luncheons/dinners. For more detailed schedule, please go to http://english.koti.re.kr/lutp2016/schedule.asp
There is a fee of US $3,500 for the program. This fee will cover the cost of the training including the cost of hotel and local transport. Participants will be expected to bear their own roundtrip airfare to Seoul and back.
Does your city have a recent urban lighting project in the past two years? Lighting Urban Community International Association and Philips Lighting announced the 14the edition of the city. people.light award. It’s a great opportunity to promote your city’s excellence in the field of urban lighting throughout the global community.
Created in 2003 by Philips and LUCI, the city.people.light award recognizes urban lighting projects that attempt to re-humanize the urban environment through the medium of light. It rewards urban lighting projects that best show how to integrate today’s city challenges of urban living and the notions of ‘city’, ‘people’ and ‘light’ in a coherent lighting strategy.
The top three projects will be announced at the city.people.light award ceremony during the LUCI Annual General Meeting 2016 in Seoul, Korea, with a prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,300) for the winning project.
The contest is open to urban lighting projects that have been completed less than two years prior to entry in the contest.
How can you participate in the contest? We invite you to fill the template online (HERE) with the following information:
- A description of the urban lighting project
- Objectives of the lighting designer, urban planner or (landscape) architect in this project
- The people involved in the project and products used
- What is the contribution of the urban lighting project for the city and its citizens
- Budget spent on this lighting project and budget reserved for further development
- Installation date
- Daytime and nighttime pictures
Your project (it can be a single building or a lighting master plan transforming the entire city) has a chance to win if it fulfills the following criteria:
- The lighting project must be a permanent installation and accessible to all people, temporary light festivals or illuminations are excluded from the contest.
- The contest is open to urban lighting projects that were completed less than two years prior to entry in the contest.
- The project is intended to improve livability in the city by applying innovative design and / or technology.
- The installation is intended to provide both the city and its citizens with short and long term benefits.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR URBAN LIGHTING PROJECT BEFORE 5 SEPTEMBER 2016.
In case of questions or queries, please send an email to email@example.com.
You can find more information on the examples of last year’s winners HERE.
October 24th – 26th, 2016 | South Korea
The conference will discuss the latest trends and technologies in Smart Cities, Governance, Mobility and Urban Design & Development sector and strategic use of new and high-tech ICT-based solutions to connect the citizens and technologies to build a common platform.
On the third day, attendees will also visit give sites in Songdo International Business District, a new smart city built from scratch.
Hong Kong has a side that isn’t as famous as its neon signs, dim sum or iconic red taxis. Come and learn about how Hong Kong is leading the charge to become one of Asia’s most walkable cities and what this means to both you and the society in which you live.
CityNet partner invites you to join Walk21 Hong Kong, the 17th annual Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, to be held for the first time in Asia on October 3rd-7th, 2016. Delegates registering through CityNet can get a five-day conference pass for just US$ 480 – saving a huge 48% off listed prices – by quoting the “guest code” ACC001 when registering!
Walk21 Hong Kong is an international conference co-sponsored by Walk21 – a global leader in championing walking, and Civic Exchange – a renowned Asian public policy Think Tank. Experience how “pedestrian-first” environments promote economic growth, social inclusion and health and wellbeing. Learn about emerging trends, build networks and have an impact on local policy agendas.
Join over 500 delegates and an international selection of world-class speakers and have a say in the walkability of your city alongside city mayors, industry specialists, chief executives, civil society organisations and leading academics.
Register by 15 August for an early bird discount and be a part of the discussion! For more information: http://walk21hk.com/
On Saturday, June 11th 2016, CityNet delivered a session as part of Seoul Module of the Executive Master in Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS).
During the session, Sayel Cortes and Heesoo Joo from CityNet presented and discussed on the differences and similarities of smart cities in Asia. Two guest speakers from CityNet’s active member cities, Mr. Naoki Otomo from Yokohama City and Ms. Violeta Seva from Makati City brought their own perspectives on what a smart city is.
Being a smart city doesn’t mean to use top technology, but to use technology in a smart way. By providing examples on the way different cities in Asia are using technology and discussing on their different approaches, challenges, and advantages; this session aims to get participants to reflect on the key considerations needed when implementing a system in their cities.
The basic assumption is that each city has a different context, and that technology has to be fully adapted to this context to produce “smart” results. According to this, the newest or “best” technology might not be the appropriate answer for a specific city challenges. On the other side, simpler “low-tech” solutions might provide smart solutions for a specific city challenge.
This executive master program offered by the Ecole Polytechnique Fererale de Lausanne consists of 6 modules in 6 different cities covering six key challenges of urban development. The Seoul module, locally supported by Sungkyunkwan University, focuses on the technological challenge by inviting experts from different Korean universities, research centers, local government, and international organizations.
Following last year’s localised Cities and Climate Change Workshop focusing of Flood Management in Banda Aceh, CityNet sees the need to equip Indonesian cities with further knowledge on climate change and its impacts.
Climate change and global warming have been one of the major challenges facing Indonesia. One of the impacts is the recent vast forest fire that occurred in an unprecedented scale and spread across the neighbouring countries like Singapore and Malaysia. This has spelt disaster to the country’s economy, climate and public health.
Global Forest Watch Fires has detected over 127,000 fires across Indonesia this year, the worst since 1997. Deforestation for commodities plantations such as palm oil became one of the many causes of these fires. Other indicator that shows the climate change threat is the frequency of severe flooding in a number of cities across Indonesia. Adapting to climate change and mitigating its effects will be more challenging and costly the longer this issue is ignored.
Reflecting on this background the Cities and Climate Change Workshop, jointly organised with Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC) of University of Indonesia, was focused on the national condition with discussion ranging from climate mitigation and adaptation, the importance of involving communities and increasing their awareness, government’s role to work on the local policy planning.
A lively discussion to share participating city’s policies that aim at addressing climate change was conducted towards the end of the workshop which also highlighted several challenges in both city and national level. Some cities pointed out the lack of coordination and communication between different departments that slows down the effort in tackling climate change in the country.
As part of the Asia Development Dialogue, a regional dialogue platform for governments, private sector, civil society, and academia, Oxfam, in collaboration with CityNet, WIEGO, and UCLG-ASPAC supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, organized a two-day workshop from May 10th in Bangkok. Approximately 47 people attended the workshop that focused on Inclusive Economies in Cities: Livelihood Opportunities, Local Economic Development Strategies and Social Protection for Poor Urban Informal Workers in Asia to foster and promote new ways and tools for inclusive growth and inclusive local economic development in South East Asia.
One of the discussion highlights was that there is a parallel growth of informal sectors alongside the formal economy in developing countries like in most ASEAN and South Asian countries. However, informal workers in some countries have not been integrated to the participatory planning process, thus haven’t exercised their rights to influence the policy making process. This triggered a debate whether informal economy needs to be formalized. That said there was another argument that formalization might not necessarily be the answer. Government’s main focus is to help the informal workers improve their productivity and opportunity for their voices to be heard by the government. Some of the success cases presented during the workshop included Makassar, Indonesia and Seberang Perai, Malaysia.
One other discussion highlights was the role of private sector, whether private sector has a role in providing opportunities for the informal workers. In the workshop, private sector representatives focused on the use of technology as a way to improve the productivity of informal workers such as the case of Echo Store and Grab Car.
Echo Store is a successful organic store in the Philippines that relies on products supplied by home-based micro and small enterprises run by women. Echo Store founder Pacita San Juan said the store also helps women improve the packaging and design of their products to make them more appealing. San Juan said that private sector depends on government’s efforts to engage with the informal sector. Private sector also needs to continue supporting government’s policies in improving the lives of informal sectors.
The workshop concluded with a general consensus that all inputs could be further discussed at the upcoming regional forums particularly UN Habitat Preparatory Committee Meeting III in Surabaya.
It aims at making city managers of tomorrow understanding how to go towards smarter and more efficient urban systems, by focusing on the management and governance of transportation, energy and water infrastructures.
Scholarships are available for highly qualified candidates in a management capacity (e.g., city managers), who have at least a 4 years bachelor degree, preferably a master’s degree, as well as at least 5 years of professional experience. If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The IGLUS Executive master is accredited and offered by EPFL (which consistently ranks among the world’s top 15 universities) and structured on a rolling basis around 6 two-week training modules taking place in six locations around the globe; namely in Mexico-Guadalajara, the United Arab Emirates, Istanbul, Seoul, Detroit-NYC, and Dortmund.
For more information: IGLUS programme flyer