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The White Book on "Mediterranean Cities and Climate Change"

— 8 January 2017, by Hubert MazurekJérémy Garniaux

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Towards a white book on urbanism and climate change in the Mediterranean

After one year and a half of work, the MC3 network “Mediterranean Cities and Climate Change” (http://mc3.lped.fr) is initiating the drafting phase of its white book on urbanism in the Mediterranean and the integration of environmental challenges in relation with climate change. A call for communication is launched for specialists and institutions to participate in the writing of this white book, and particularly to inform discussion on "urbanism in the Mediterranean: is there a place for the environment? ", on the basis of experiences in their own country.

→ Summary proposition to be sent before March the 15th!

Draft summary :

1 - The stakes in climate change in Mediterranean cities

Are there specificities regarding climate in the Mediterranean Region? What are the impacts on cities? What stakes regarding management of risk, mitigation and adaptation?

2 - Urban policies: the answers at various scales

Urban policies in the Mediterranean countries are often the result of an answer to the requests of international institutions. Are they adapted? What measures to build Mediterranean policies? What kind of town planning, regulations, architectural innovations?

3 - Urban projects: experiences

We will analyse about ten projects realised in the Mediterranean Region, the characteristics of success or failures in the name of "sustainable city"

4 - Urbanism in the Mediterranean : is there a place for the environment ?

This chapter is based on MC3 past workshops, the analysis of materials inputed in the website, and the contributions of Mediterranean partners.

Appendix 1 : Urban development indicators, a critical analysis
Appendix 2 : Glossary

If you wrote publications or work on this theme in your country or on the Mediterranean region, you can contribute to this white book by sending us a synthesis and a critical reflection on the place of the environmental stakes in urban policies and in town planning or architecture.
Your paper will be reviewed by a scientific committee and will be published in three languages (French, English and Spanish) with mention of the author and his(her) institution.

For the chapter "Urbanism in the Mediterranean : is there a place for the environment ?" :

We would like to carry out an up-to-date and a prospective assessment of the role of the environment and climate change, and of the actions implemented regarding urbanism and architecture in the Mediterranean.

For the up-to-date assessment (past and current situations), it is necessary to reflect upon the role of political discourses and of national and international policies on the creation of an "imaginary" of urban actions, the development of new concepts as well as on innovations based on new processes.
Are Ecodistricts, sustainable city, resilient city, smartcity, etc operational concepts, and are they efficient in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation? How this reflection may bring a new vision of the city based on equity, equality and improvement of life standards? Is there changes in practices from the civil society and/or from the local institutions in the field of participatory citizen action, planning, and approach to urbanism? How Mediterranean specificities are taken into account? What is the place of and the opportunity for the Mediterranean community in this debate? Are there special provisions, experiences and expertise developed by the civil society in urban context? On what basis urban projects are they "eco-designed"? How to assess their efficiency? etc.

For the prospective analysis, it is necessary to discuss the conditions at which an "urban development transition" that is suitable with local social and ecological conditions may be realized. What would be the place for knowledge and innovation? for the citizen? On what points can we innovate in terms of planning, urban structure, materials, architecture, etc? New cities or revival of old city centres? How to adapt policies and regulations to long-term unexpected events: climate change, 50-years deadline, lifestyles, energy transition, etc? How can we imagine the city of tomorrow? etc.

Theoretical reflection is required but will have to be supported by experiences or actual field projects taking place in the Mediterranean.

Send an abstract of your proposal before March 15th, 2017 (one page including a title, an abstract and a short CV (max. 10 lines)) to hubert.mazurek@ird.fr. You will receive an answer before the 30th of March; the text will have to be ready by June 30th, 2017.