Smart Integrated Ecological Approach for Geelong, Australia

Elkadi, Hisham (2019) Smart Integrated Ecological Approach for Geelong, Australia. IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 969-976. ISSN 2521-3938

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REAL CORP 2019 Proceedings/Tagungsband 2-4 April 2019 – https://www.corp.atISBN 978-3-9504173-6-4 (CD), 978-3-9504173-7-1 (print) Editors: M. SCHRENK, V. V. POPOVICH, P. ZEILE, P. ELISEI, C.BEYER, J. RYSER969Smart Integrated Ecological Approach for Geelong, Australia Hisham Elkadi (Prof. Dr. Hisham Elkadi, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK) 1ABSTRACT Regeneration of many cities is essential to enable their sustainable re-development but importantly tomaintain their viability and creativity in this global and rapidly changing world. Most cities face major ecological challenges that require immediate intervention for their future survival. The predominant focus of current sustainable cities projects is concentrated upon the challenges of natural adaptation and mitigation practices these burgeoning metropolises present. Smart Cities is one of those terms, like sustainable, resilient, carbon free, post carbon cities that mean different things to different people. Smart could mean fashionable, stylish, and chic as much as intelligent clever and shrewd. This article argues that Intelligence is the ability of a city to vary its state or actions in response to varying situations and past experience, in other term, develops a self-organising characteristics; one of the principles of ecological systems. Regeneration initiatives provide opportunities for new approaches to urban development in regional Australian cities. There is a need for innovative re-think beyond terms, like sustainable, resilient, carbon free, post carbon cities that mean different things to different people. The paper discusses the development of Vision II, a regeneration project for the City of Geelong. The paper highlights the need for new ways to theorize, contextualize, and practice the design of future smart interventions in Australian cities. The realities of climate changes on the other hand, led to the urgency to channel our thinking into a new direction, one that is capable to engage our people, one that is capable of extracting hope from the structures of fear that underpins an obsolete mitigation agenda and outdated governance structures. Impacts of climate change is also one of the causes of the shift in city agenda that also include the general decline of infrastructure, conspicuous resource depletion, and the emergence of ecology as a new paradigm in urban studies. This paper challenges the capacity of a number of cities to deal with ecological stress adversities and the ability to bounce back and maintain well-being for their inhabitants. The presentation provides a broad critical analysis of the contemporary ecological challenges. The paper, through a study of an applied project directed by the author in Geelong, considers various strategies and guidelines that have formed regenerating existing urban forms and relationships.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: regeneration, sustainability, post carbon, smart interventions, climate change
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 11:52
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 15:52

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