4. Rapid Urbanisation – a Challenge for the Resilient City

Cities and regions are faced with several challenges, often as a consequence of climate change, old infrastructure, new technology breakthroughs and urbanisation. Some pressures are sudden and shocking, such as disasters while others constitute a slow process of increasing pressure - a chronic stress. Urbanisation belongs to the latter.

Flooding and refugees in Malmö. Photo Sanna Dolck and Johan Wessman News Öresund

A changing climate and growing population provides challenges for all cities.

UN Global goals

Connected to goal 3, 5, 13, 15 and 16.

Technical visit: Ecocity district Augustenborg
Socio-ecological transformation and resilience in Ecocity district Augustenborg.

Augustenborg is a district which, when founded around 1950, was a model area for modern and future-oriented housing construction in both Malmö and Sweden.  By the end of the 1990s, the area had become a socio-economically deprived city district, which also suffered problems from recurring floods in heavy rain and negative impact from nearby industry. This resulted in a major urban transformation process which, thus far, has turned the area into a leading example of successful socio-ecological transformation with many innovative and ingenious initiatives. These include blue-green nature-based solutions for stormwater management and interesting complementary sustainable urban development.

Date: 30 November, 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Round table discussions
Urbanisation is a demanding challenge for cities, for companies operating in cities and for all who develop new solutions. Rapid urbanisation is even more of a challenge.

You are all invited to explore and brainstorm ideas for turning this challenge into a great opportunity. We will actively address this in a World Café format session.

Date: 1 December, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Dialogue Seminar
Today, cities are facing the challenges of urbanisation more than ever and at an increasingly faster pace. Simply being prepared for urbanisation is no longer enough; cities need to cope with rapid urbanisation. Urban flows must be adjusted. This is relevant for discussions from global, regional, metropolitan and local perspectives. UN Habitat, Region Skåne, the Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Paris and Vejle Municipality will offer food for thought.
Moderator: Magnus Qvant, Resilient Regions Association

“Urban transition insights - governance and resilience” will present the latest research from different universities:

  • Co-learning and knowledge diffusion in public procurment of sustainable innovation projects UUL
    Karolina Huss, Gate 21, Sweden
  • Catalysing Sustainable Cities through Urban Living Labs: Experiences from Sweden
    Kes McCormick, Lund University, Lund Sweden
  • Buildings As Material Banks - Circularity as a Path to Resilience
    Lisa Apelman, Ronneby municipality, Ronneby, Sweden

Moderator: Richard Lorch, Building Research Information

Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

All abstracts presented in Urban transition insights will also be included in the conference anthology.

For more information contact:

Magnus Qvant

Managing Director

Resilient Regions Association

Cell phone + 46 768 334545


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