Name Title of Presentation Abstract
Albert Gispert
KUNSTADT I come from Barcelona north metropolitan region. For the last 7 years I have been learning languages in Europe and learning about their cultures and way of living, also city understanding. Before I left my Barcelona Architecture School I was very active in the Catalan Politics Area and its History Research. For some years I studied the planning of new cities by the Spanish Empire in America. I discovered the necessity of bringing a society together through a well-defined philosophy by designing the city and any detail focused on that simple and powerful idea. I think 500 years ago, the ideal linking the world was Christianity. Nowadays can be true Art.
Anne Schebler
Bio-vegan building The Butterfly House is a simple idea of using old but nearly forgotten knowledge about clay and timber construction to create a modern building corresponding to the westernized image of housing. The concept concludes self construction, its durability, the possibility of a form changing house and the recycling of the waste material which is 100 percent environmental friendly.
Irina Pleva
How to fit human economy with the economy of nature Along with industrialization, resource demand and environmental destruction have currently reached unsustainable levels. Industrial systems require attention and improvement in order to shift our society towards sustainable future. The challenge: to reduce the burden that industry puts onto the environment. The strategy: to shift industrial systems towards more sustainable ones. Solution: to create eco-industrial networks by establishing correlation between natureÕs ecosystems and man-made industrial networks. How is this managed? The industrial sector adapts solutions developed by the nature in the form of fully sustainable systems of interdependent organisms. Biological concepts and terms are being adapted and put into practice by the corporate world in the search of better efficiency. Being inspired by the idea of eco-industrial networks, in this paper I analyze the parallel between natural ecosystems and their industrial counterparts, represented by industrial ecology. I examine the interaction between the two spheres from the perspective of geophysiology and industrial metabolism. Afterwards, I try to assess potential of the industrial ecology for a more sustainable future and discuss challenges faced.
Kristina Kštterheinrich
Why it is key to include gender equality in sustainable transportation The topic I would like to present is linked to my Bachlor studies in Development Economics. Because while sophisticated European cities like Amsterdam or Copenhagen come to our mind when we think about sustainable cities, little has been talked about sustainable development in cities in the global south. Therefore, I chose the topic gender equality in transportation systems. This issue is equally linked to social sustainability (as the question of gender neutral spaces arises) and to ecological sustainability (when it comes to transforming the transportation system in a new climat friendly and less space-intensive way). Transportation planning is commonly regarded as gender neutral. It is assumed that transport projects equaly benefit both men and women. On the contrary, how women experience mobility is very different from men. Mobility needs of women tend to be heterogeneous. While men use transport services largely to work and back, women combine domestic and caregiving tasks with work trips. This phenomenon is referred to as Òtrip chaining,Ó where trips are short, multimodal and frequent. Women are therefore more starved for time and are likely to avoid employment opportunities because of poor transportation design. The presentation aims to present different projects linking gender equality to sustainble mobility, such as a campaign in Tamil Nadu that gave easy access to loans for women to purchase cycles. It also picks up a growing debate on this topic at EU level as women recognized as being more likely to adopt sustainable travel behaviours than men.
Maike Tesch
The bike and its future role as means of transportation in cities I would like to discuss the bike as a possible future means of transportation in cities, i.e. not only for personal transport but also for delivery and transport of heavier loads for example through cargo bicycles with e-motors. What are advantages and possible disadvantages or challenges in this context? How can cities be planned to successfully become "bike-friendly"? What role does it play in policy making? How can biking be promoted successfully? Examples where the bike is already integrated well in the city are Copenhagen and also Amsterdam. In Hamburg bikes are used in the harbour to transport fish to the local restaurants, in LŸbeurg there is a "bike-bus" now. What can we learn from those examples and is the bike the future means of transportation in cities?
Manuel Allgaier
Love Foundation: dancing for drinking water projects in Africa Love Foundation is an open network of artists and activists. Together we organise projects to spread love, connect people and fundraise money for water development projects in Kenya with our partners Viva con Agua and Simavi.

Love Foundation projects range from music events, arts exhibitions and sports tournaments to selling fair trade clothing and fashion shows. Our range of activities is continuously widening and we are always looking for new opportunities to spread the universal idea of love.

Water, much like love, is something humans struggle to live without. While statistics for people lacking love are curiously not available, we know that currently 1 out of every 10 people does not have access to safe water; four times as many have no safe sanitary infrastructure (toilets). The consequences of this stretch far beyond health issues: Water scarcity disrupts people’s lives in many ways, and slows down progress; In 2015, the World Economic Forum announced the water crisis to be the #1 global risk for impact on society. Love Foundation aims to combat this problem with a philosophy and modus operandi of love. We want to enable everybody on earth to love everybody on earth unconditionally, when we care about sustainability in all its aspects, when we believe in the power of the community, and when we realize that we can and should use these energies for our goals, access to clean drinking water for everybody on earth is the logical goal. Water is life. Therefore, our purpose next so spreading love is to enable the very poorest to feel joy, create long-lasting communities and families, by helping them to get the most important resource in life: Water.

Margarita Obrashchenko
The key role of local communitiesÕ placemaking in new urban areas (Russia) This article examines how citizenship operates in urban community-building programmes Transposed to the Russian scene. Nowadays in Russia, there is a raise a number of complexities, especially in big cities. Raised questions about the appropriate capacity to deliver such improvements as new places for living in suburb areas. A key element of such capacity lies in the quality of local policy cultures. Therefore building of local community and its comfort living zone by developer as a main trend process. Nevertheless, developer shift the task of urban planning from Ôbuilding placesÕ to fostering the institutional capacity for ongoing Ôplace-makingÕ activities. Local communities not allowed making it. To improve rich social networks as a resource of initiatives on grassroots level. These placemaking initiatives constitute a motivating discourse for organizations seeking to unite residents for a neighborhood-oriented agenda. This perspective allows for a more effective understanding of how place informs activism at a variety of spatial scales.
Maria Mejia
Such is life in the urban tropics Colombia is listed as one of the worldÕs ÒmegadiverseÓ countries. Located in the northwest corner of South America and crossed by the Andes mountain chain, this country hosts close to 14% of the planetÕs biodiversity and supports over 1.000 human settlements. Five large cities still at the very top of the list, with a population ranging from 1.000.000 to 8.000.000 inhabitants; followed by a wide group of mid-size cities (100.000 - 500.000 inhabitants); and urban areas flourishing in the last years (<50.000 inhabitants). It is estimated that by 2020, 80% of Colombian population will live in urban areas -a trend Latin America shares with regions such as Africa and Asia. This shift towards urbanization implies deep changes in the DNA of Colombian lands and people. With no time to react, especially in terms of institutions and capacities, Colombia is now facing a transition towards an urbanizing and still highly biodiverse country. At the heart of this complex reality, innovations to approach human-nature interactions are emerging nationwide. In 2016, the National Research Institute of Biodiversity of Colombia ÒInstituto HumboldtÓ promoted a collective and action-oriented process, firstly embodied in a book project. Urban Nature: A Platform of Experiences aimed to bring together a toolkit to address, value and manage biodiversity in urban areas in Colombia. This book can be considered the first assessment on urban biodiversity in Colombia. The talk will present an overview on the different knowledge systems taking part of the book Ðover 80 authors from governmental and non-governmental institutions, and will highlight case studies ranging from ecosystem services valuation to biodiversity strategies impacting key urban plans and policy decisions.
Mar Oostermeijer
Bioconservation in India and beyond I would start telling a bit about my personal experiences. I will introduce some of Navdanya’s projects in India and what their activism leads to in other countries. I want to go into deeper dept about their seed banks and how they work. Then I would tell my idea of how this model could also work in a city. The movement Navdanya has helped farmers all over India to become independent from seed companies and start up their own seed banks. Right now, Navdanya is only involved in farming in villages, but the concept has great potential for in cities all over the world. As a farmer, no matter whether it’s on your rooftop terras or in a big field, you always try to get the best seeds, from the prettiest, tastiest fruits and vegetables. By selecting those plants and sharing their seeds in a seed bank with other (rooftop)farmers, you start a community, where others care for your plants and you care for theirs. The discussion would be based on the benefits of seedbanks in cities..
Masha Tomkovic
Zero Waste Municipality Ð dream or reality? At national and local levels there are many organisations and municipalities promoting the Zero Waste strategy as a way to make Europe more sustainable. There are currently 364 municipalities with a total of 7.807.542 people going for Zero Waste in the European Union. These municipalities are actively engaged to adopt the zero waste methodology with proven impact in facilitating the transition towards circular economy.
Volha Sechka
Circular Economy today and tomorrow The area of my interest at this stage is Circular Economy (CE) in pharmaceutical production. Of course, before I studied a lot of what is a circular economy in the world and in particular in my country. In the last few years CE is receiving increasing attention worldwide as a way to overcome the current production and consumption model based on continuous growth and increasing resource throughput. By promoting the adoption of closing-the-loop production patterns within an economic system CE aims to increase the efficiency of resource use, with special focus on urban and industrial waste, to achieve a better balance and harmony between economy, environment and society. So far, the circular economy around the world is only being introduced and so far this is an early stage, with a focus on recycling rather than reuse. In my speech, I would like to discuss such important issues as the adoption of cleaner production patterns at company level, an increase of producers and consumers responsibility and awareness, the use of renewable technologies and materials (wherever possible), because current production and consumption models, no longer fits of their environmental load. They show a clear indicator of resource use inefficiency. The transition towards CE comes from the involvement of all people of the society and their capacity to link and create suitable collaboration and exchange patterns. At the same time, we should understand that such concepts as ecological clean and economically beneficial are closely related in this situation, thatÕs why I will touch upon the issue of industrial ecology and environmental economics.