November 25, 2020 — November 27, 2020

Sustainable & Resilient Urban-Rural Partnerships – URP2020: Session 16

International Conference · Leipzig, Germany
Xi’fan Village, Hannes Langguth

Session organised by Habitat Unit, TU Berlin in collaboration with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig.

S16: Urban-rural (dis-)continuities: Better understanding the urban-rural interactions to ensure equitable, green and healthy urban transitions in Europe and China through nature-based solutions

Ellen Banzhaf, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Philipp Misselwitz, TU Berlin, Department of International Urbanism and Design (Habitat Unit)

Following the call for new integrated territorial planning approaches and people- and place-based development at the urban-rural interface that is aligned with the localisation of SDG’s and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the session takes stock of recent attempts to develop new approaches which accounts for the manifold interrelations and linkages between urban and rural spaces. During rapid urbanisation processes, historically evolved intricate urban-rural metabolisms are often at risk exacerbating environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges. In this context, Nature-based Solutions (NBS) offer a useful conceptual framework in which to readdress multidimensional and multi-scalar contemporary challenges facing both urban and rural areas such as climate change resilience, biodiversity loss, and social equity. The session will invite an assessment of innovative sociotechnical and nature-based solutions facing socio-economic and environmental challenges by building on approaches of, e.g., air pollution, noise, water risk and water quality management, waste management, resource efficiency, ecological food production, eco-tourism and revitalisation of cultural and built heritage at the urban-rural interface. What are specific conceptual and/ or practically tested solutions? How do they impact efficiently on the sustainable transformation of urban and rural spaces? Exemplifications may relate to the EC funded REGREEN project for Europe and China and the BMBF-funded Sino-German research project “Urban-Rural Assembly (URA)”.

Session Format and Call for Contributions
We will identify speakers for our session and also invite / accept contributions that may fit in well resulting of URP2020 call for abstracts / contributions. One introductory talk (max. 10 min) followed by short presentations including critical questions (5–7 minutes presentation – can be linked with a poster). The presentations concentrate on exploratory and ongoing research, short or experimental case studies in China and Europe. Format aims at close interaction with audience and plenty of room for discussion.

Deadline for Abstract Submission
May 31, 2020 (closed)

For more information about the conference please visit the URP-2020 website.