2ND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON URBAN LANDSCAPE

The urban landscape as a new paradigm in sustainable urban development.

New challenges and opportunities for cities.

ª Jornada. 12 de junio de 2017. Auditorio de 9.00 - 11.00
Public   space   is   only   that   which   is   in   public   ownership.   Private   space,   insofar   as   it   is   open   to   collective   enjoyment,   expands   the   concept   of public space, and the two are united in the new concept of urban landscape. That   is   why,   when   in   the   field   of   public   management   we   limited   ourselves   to   intervening   on   public   space,   we   are   failing   to   do   so   as   regards some of the essential elements that constitute the urban environment. One   of   the   main   conclusions   of   the   First   International   Congress   on   Urban   Landscape   (ICOUL),   held   in   Sao   Paulo   (Brazil)   in   December   2015, was to work   on   consolidating   urban   landscape   management   as   one   of   the   essential   elements   of   the   local   agenda,   because   of   its   manifest   ability   to influence improvements in the quality of life in cities. The   First   Congress   also   emphasized   the   need   to   disseminate   urban   experiences   aimed   at   sustainable   urban   management   from   the   urban landscape   at   the   international   level   and   to   carry   out   the   challenge   of   incorporating   urban   landscape   management   into   the   United   Nations’ agenda, once it has been shown that all cities have an urban landscape that deserves to be protected. This   challenge   has   been   met   by   the   inclusion   of   a   commitment   to   "more   attractive   and   livable   urban   landscapes"   in   the   New   Urban   Agenda emerging from the United Nations Habitat III Conference, held in Quito in October 2016. During   the   Second   International   Congress   on   Urban   Landscape,   to   be   held   in   Barcelona   between   June   12   and   14,   2017,   it   is   aimed   to   answer some of the questions that are raised in cities that seek to improve the urban environment through managing the urban landscape: Why   limit   ourselves   to   recognizing   the   role   of   public   space   as   a   facilitator   of   the   socio-economic   function   of   the   city,   when   that   role   really belongs to the urban landscape? Why does the right to the city seem exhausted in public space? Is   not   private   property   also   involved   in   improving   the   quality   of   the   city,   its   image,   and   in   promoting   a   sense   of   belonging   to   and   pride   in   the city? In    the    Second    Congress,    the    urban    landscape   will    be    considered    as    a    sublimation    of    the    urban    environment,    as    a   way    of    definitively overcoming a static concept of public space, a landscape that by its very nature can not be limited and exclusive. It   will   also   be   argued   that   investment   in   the   urban   landscape   is   a   real   investment   in   sustainable   urban   development,   and   an   exercise   in   social responsibility.   Finally,   the   Second   Congress   will   serve   to   recognize   the   role   of   civil   society   and   the   importance   of   incentivizing   the   private sector for the improvement of the urban landscape. There   can   be   no   doubt   that   every   city   is   perceived   through   its   urban   landscape,   through   the   way   in   which   the   population   uses   urban   spaces. Therefore,   from   the   point   of   view   of   managing   the   urban   landscape,   the   important   point   is   not   their   mere   existence,   but   the   degree   to   which people relate to these spaces and make use of them. If the urban landscape is not perceived, directly or indirectly, it does not exist The   Second   International   Congress   on   Urban   Landscape   aims   to   make   a   modest   contribution   to   the   implementation   of   the   New   Urban Agenda arising from the Habitat III Conference. Goals:  1.-   To   recognize   the   urban   landscape   (not   just   public   spaces)   as   a   real   facilitator   of   the   socio-economic   function   of   the   city,   and   to   reaffirm   the central role of urban landscape management in the UN's New Urban Agenda. 2.-    To    disseminate    among    municipal    governments    the    need    to    intervene    in    landscape    improvement,    in    order    to    ensure        the    smooth management   of   cities   and   promote   their   habitability   and   security,   as well   as   the   obligation   to   inform   and   citizens’   rights. We   consider   the   active participation   of   citizens   to   be   essential   both   in   maintaining   the   elements   of   the   outward   structure   of   the   city   and   in   exercising   the   right   of urbanity for the preservation of the landscape. 3.-   Smart   cities   are   right,   but   they   also   need   intelligent   citizens.   The   ethics   of   aesthetics   must   prevail   within   the   right   to   a   harmonious   urban landscape.   At   present,   thinking   about   the   city   is   mainly   undertaken   from   the   standpoint   of   functionality,   but   its   beauty   must   also   be   borne   in mind.   The   cult   of   beauty   forms   part   of   human   culture.   The   urban   landscape   involves   perception   and   use.   And   perception   is   the   result   of   the balance established in the city between natural, architectural and social relations. The Second Congress intends to play a significant role in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda for the following reasons: - We must learn from the errors of Habitat II. The time has come to transform ideas into actions. -   We    must    recognize    the    role    of    civil    society    and    the    importance    of    incentives    for    the    private    sector.    It    is    necessary    to    propose    new mechanisms for the joint production of the city, and to carry them out among all the parties involved. -   Language   must   be   changed   to   try   to   persuade   governments.   Really   intelligent   investment   is   in   the   urban   landscape,   the   paradigm   of   the urban environment, the skin of cities. The   fact   that   the   Second   Congress   is   to   be   held   a   few   months   after   the   Habitat   III   Conference   offers   an   excellent   opportunity   to   learn   from past   experiences   and   share   future   experiences   in   cities   around   the   world   that   have   made   a   commitment   to   sustainable   urban   management that takes into account the urban landscape
Information about the provisional agenda of our Congress, including views, lectures, round tables and events of various kinds.
PROGRAMME Barcelona,  12-14 June  2017. Caixaforum Barcelona
Awaiting the contributions of the participants, the final programme will be decided three months before the Congress is held
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