A CONFERENCE EXAMINING 
THE FUTURE DESIGN OF OUR CITIES

CONFERENCE
DATES

  JUN 17-19
  2015


DEADLINE FOR
PROPOSALS

FEB 28
2015

PRESENTED BY

LEAD SPONSOR

Urban Ecologies 2015 will examine the strategies that will be necessary for our cities to move beyond sustainability to becoming net producers of energy and resources

More than ever before, major urban centres will be at the forefront of transformation and change in order to accelerate a sustainable human presence. The framing of the conference deals with the largest possible context of all debates – the limits of our planetary ecosystem. It is within this “Big Picture” context that the conference will challenge the current economic, political, and social frameworks that generate our urban infrastructure and built environment. The goal is to relinquish out-dated “Bottom Line” models in favour of new, innovative, and synergistic business structures and designs that achieve prosperity without sacrificing social responsibility or ignoring the health of the planetary ecosystems that ultimately sustain us.

2015

THEMES

The following three proposed conference themes have been developed to organize the scholarly research and presentations. However, any relevant abstract will be considered for acceptance in an open category.

ADAPTIVE CAPACITY

Whereas urban centres are well suited to creating employment and financial resources, they also consume a great deal of energy and non-renewable earth resources and produce a significant amount of harmful waste by-products in accomplishing this benefit. It is time for urban centres to find ways to generate more usable energy and resources than they consume and to only produce waste that can easily be 

absorbed and contribute to the overall health and sustainability of the larger ecosystem to which they belong. It is hoped that new insights, creativity, and inspiration drawn from the complex dynamics that support balanced, healthy ecosystems will stimulate unconventional, holistic and innovative approaches towards achieving a truly viable future.

RESILIENCE

Cities will need long-term visions in order to develop socio-economic, spatial and technical solutions–governance, policy and planning, developing and managing infrastructure, business tactics and incentive, research and development incentives, information and education that will enable them to remain resilient and ready for our current and future challenges.

LIVABILITY

The desirability of urban living depends upon cities to deliver the highest possible quality of life through community, security, meaningful employment, mobility, recreation, health, and well-being. This can only be achieved when social and environmental standards are understood not as a hierarchy of importance that privileges planetary needs over the needs of humans. They need to be understood as inextricably interconnected and interdependent, in order to provide meaningful and mutually supportive relationships within the larger ecosystem.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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CARLO
RATTI

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab,
Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

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An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, MoMA in New York City and MAXXI in Rome. At the 2008 World Expo, his ‘Digital Water Pavilion’ was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Blueprint Magazine's ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’. He is curator for the ‘Future Food District’ at Expo Milano 2015.
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DR. RACHEL
ARMSTRONG

Professor Of Experimental Architecture
University Of New Castle, Uk

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Rachel Armstrong innovates and designs sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment using advanced new technologies such as, Synthetic Biology –the rational engineering of living systems–and smart chemistry. Her research prompts a re-evaluation of how we think about our homes and cities and raises questions about sustainable development of the built environment.
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DANNY
WILLS

Project Architect, Urban-Think Tank
Researcher, Lecturer, ETH Zürich

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Danny is a researcher and design studio critic at the Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zürich, an interdisciplinary design practice focused on creating bridges between first world industry and third world, informal urban areas. His work with U-TT investigates sustainable development of informal areas through ecological systems thinking in food, sanitation, and water. Danny is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he also lectured on the topics of landscape and sustainability.
CALL FOR
PROPOSALS

Urban Ecologies 2015 invites proposals for consideration in two categories: abstracts for oral or poster presentations that describe practice-based research activities, and proposals for interactive workshops that create topical collaborative learning opportunities for conference participants.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT PROPOSALS
MUST CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING

1

• A 400-word (maximum) description of the practice-based research (MS Word or PDF format) activities to be presented.

• A single figure (drawing, diagram or image) that represents these activities visually (JPG, max. 5MB).

The online submission procedure will provide specific text and image formats, the opportunity to select the most applicable conference theme and the opportunity to select the types of presentation for which you would like to be considered.

Evaluation will be based on the clarity of the abstract, the quality of the practice based research described, relevance to the conference themes and adherence to the guidelines

2

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

A key component of Urban Ecologies 2015 will be interactive workshops that create collaborative learning and knowledge production opportunities for conference participants. Of particular interest are workshops that provide tools for engagement that lie at the intersection between conference themes. Workshops should be designed to be approximately 1.5 hours in length.

Workshop proposals must consist of a document of no more than two pages (MS Word or PDF format) that summarizes the proposed activities under the following headings:

Workshop Objectives
Activity Breakdown
Learning Outcomes
Interactive Opportunities
Contact Information

Evaluation will be based on the quality of the interactive learning opportunities provided and their relevance to the conference themes.

SUBMISSION
PROCEDURE

All proposals will undergo a blind evaluation process by a diverse selection of internal and external reviewers chosen for their thematic expertise.

All proposals must be submitted online.

Acceptance will begin in early January 2015 and will continue until


Authors will be notified of submission status on or before

17:00 EST
FEBRUARY 28


March 15
2015

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Craig Applegath,
Dialog

Thomas Auer, Transsolar/Technische Universität München

Andrew Furman,
Ryerson University

Anna Hill,
Park People

Thomas Kong,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Nina-Marie Lister,
Ryerson University

Giancarlo Mangone, Carleton, TU Delft

Jeff Risom, 
Gehl Architects

Peter Russell, 
RWTH Aachen

Oliver Schultze, 
Schulze Grassov

Joshua Vanwyck,
Transsolar

REGISTRATION

Presenters and facilitators will have their registration fees covered by the conference organizers.

EARLY REGISTRATION

Conference Attendees - $250

Students - $75

REGULAR REGISTRATION

Conference Attendees - $350

Students - $125

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CONFERENCE
LOCATION

OCAD University’s Faculty of Design presents Urban Ecologies 2015, a conference that will examine the impact of three core themes that are shaping the future of design of our cities.

100 McCaul Street,
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, M5T 1W1

 

HOTEL
INFORMATION

Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
June 17, 2015 - June 20, 2015

CUT-OFF DATE 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Room Rates
We are pleased to confirm special rates for OCAD University’s June 17, 2015 program as outlined below:

Chelsea Rooms
Single Rate: $164.00 DoubleRate: $164.00
TripleRate: $194.00 QuadRate: $224.00

Eaton Chelsea, Toronto 33 Gerrard Street West  Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4 Canada

Reservations
1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732)
T – (416) 595 1975
F – (416) 585 4375
E – estor.info@eatonhotels.com

Mention OCAD University/Urban Ecologies when booking.