The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente ITESO, through the Coordination of Research and Graduate Studies; the Department of Habitat and Urban Development; the Department of Economics, Administration and Marketing; the Department of Sociocultural Studies; and the Center for Social Research and Formation,
THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HABITAT SUSTAINABILITY
to be held in the City of Guadalajara, Jalisco on September 19-20, 2016
The purpose of this conference is to invite academics, scientists, and social planners to meet and exchange knowledge and innovative ideas on the topic of sustainability, with a multidisciplinary, diverse, and inclusive approach. This conference is conceived as an opportunity to generate connections between government agencies, non-government organizations, businesses and academic institutions, in a setting that encourages constructive discussion about the most pressing issues related to sustainability, from a variety of perspectives. In this way attendees can create productive synergies with other graduate students, academics from national and international institutions, and other actors, in an event that promises to generate cutting-edge knowledge on habitat sustainability, which can have a positive impact on participants’ research projects and professional practice.
Habitat is the pattern that results from the relationship between natural and social structures. However, this relationship has broken down due to the imbalance created by runaway urban development, which has reached an unprecedented scale around the world, threatening the balance of other habitats. The challenge of creating future alternatives that will offer city dwellers a dignified life is enormous and complex. Cities are the setting for new socio-spatial trends that have a ripple effect on the environmental, social, economic, political and cultural dimensions of the city and its relationship with its peripheral and rural surroundings.
There is today a growing consensus regarding the need to establish a different relationship between society and nature in development processes. This dynamic gives rise to diverse perspectives on sustainability that prioritize, among other things, ensuring that every member of society benefits from the planet’s resources, and emphasizing our responsibility to respect and preserve these resources so that future generations can enjoy them as well. This is why it is essential to create spaces to discuss and debate the latest trends in sustainability, their implications for the world’s habitats, and our efforts for restoring them, conserving them and intervening in them, with a proactive, academic and professional vision.
The conference will host a wide variety of activities:
- Keynote speeches by prominent experts in sustainability from both Mexico and abroad.
- Papers divided among six discussion tables with topics related to lines of generation and application of knowledge.
- Presentation of graduate-level research projects in poster format.
- Networking sessions and debates with experts, businesses and non-government organizations.
One product of this event will be the publication of a digital book. With regard to the publication of the full-length papers, ITESO and the organizers of the International Conference on Habitat Sustainability reserve the right to select the best projects for printed and/or electronic publication, depending on resource availability and publishing policies, as long as they were submitted on time and registration to the event was paid.
Pedro Arrupe SJ Auditorium of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO, located at Periférico Sur Manuel Gómez Morín #8585 C.P. 45604. Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico.
PAPERS AND DISCUSSION TABLES
ANALYZING AND PLANNING THE URBAN PHENOMENON WITH AN EYE TO SUSTAINABILITY
This line of knowledge focuses on reformulating urbanization models and social interaction systems by giving priority to the balance between natural ecosystems and population centers in the process of territorial and urban planning.
DESIGN AND APPROPRIATION OF PUBLIC SPACES
This line of generation and application of knowledge focuses on public spaces as catalysts and generators of socio-spatial and environmental dynamics in urban contexts.
INTERVENTION IN HERITAGE CONTEXTS AND PROTECTED AREAS
This line of generation and application of knowledge focuses on confronting the loss of built historical heritage through the analysis, reflection and formulation of strategies and projects aimed at improving, revitalizing, preserving, and reappraising the value of cultural heritage, from a social, economic and environmental perspective.
ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND FURNISHING
This line of generation and application of knowledge focuses on a critical analysis and conceptualization of technical solutions to issues of basic urban furnishing and infrastructure network, both new and existing, at different stages of a project, from the planning stages to the identification of specific solutions.
DEVELOPMENT OF APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
This line of generation and application of knowledge focuses on creating and designing technologies, materials and production methods that are consistent with sociocultural, environmental and economic conditions, with an eye to improving the ecosystemic relations of local communities.
EFFICIENT USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY
This line of generation and application of knowledge focuses on studying, designing, developing and applying more efficient and sustainable systems of natural resource exploitation and use, by optimizing the use of traditional energy sources and considering the possibilities of clean alternative energy sources, while factoring in regulations, indicators, and public policy.
Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ferrara. Founder of TERRA Research Center Territorial Resiliency, Risk Assessment and Mitigation Multiple.
Visiting Professor at Harvard University. Founder of the Center for Development and Emergency Practice at the University of Oxford Brookes.
Andrés Barreda Marín
Full-time professor at the Faculty of Economics at the UNAM. Member of the National Research System Level 1. founder member Union of Concerned Scientists Committed to Society (UCCS).
Director of the Multidisciplinary Institute for Sustainable Development of Oxford , Director of Research Group construction with low emissions and sustainable Professor of Architecture and Climate Change at the University of Oxford Brookes.