6b. Urban and Rural Development

Track chairs:

Martina Keitsch. Department for Product Design, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. martina.keitsch@ntnu.no

Nuno Martins. University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture, CIAUD. Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design. nunomartins@fa.ulisboa.pt

Bijay Singh. PhD, Candidate, Department of Architecture, Pulchowk Cen-tral Campus, Institute of Engineering, Nepal. bjlals@gmail.com

Goals and objectives of the track

Planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy makers and economists must work together to ensure that present planning and development needs in are met in socially acceptable, ecologically resilient and economically viable ways.

The canvas paints itself, and in front of it, urban, regional, and rural developments are becoming increasingly prominent on national policy agendas as well as in as public view. Cities and metropolitan areas are major contributors to socio-economic stability and play a key role in global markets. Simultaneously, regional, and rural areas get a renewed importance in delivering models, services and products for peoples' well-being and sustainable forms of living. From being ‘problem zones' some of the present rural and regional approaches can inspire cities with fresh ideas on sustainable living, from urban farming to eco-oriented communities.

This track will pay special attention to the current facts and figures that shape our world, as listed by the Sustainable Development Goals in the Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


  • Are existing concepts and model of rural and urban development planning substantial and robust enough to meet the worldwide SD challenge for the coming decades?
  • What are political, social, and organizational conditions and boundaries for implementing policies and strategies of urban and rural innovation?
  • How far do cultural circumstances influence existing approaches?
  • Are Western concepts and methods for urban and rural development applicable in countries such as Asia, Africa and Southern America?
  • What can we learn from research and projects on green planning, architecture and de-sign in order to point out opportunities, constraints, priorities and revisiting global and local adaptive solutions to advance sustainability innovation in urban and regional design, planning and architecture?


  • Concepts of urban and/ or rural innovation
  • Rural-, regional and urban partnerships
  • Local Green growth
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Cultural Participation as perspectives for rural and urban development
  • Discussion of key concepts, methods and applications in cutting-edge sustainable urban design and architecture
  • The role of stakeholders in the design of the sustainable city and region development;
  • The dimensions of green design and architecture - fostering sustainable lessons in vernacular building traditions and enhancing communities & heritage-based projects
  • Community-based studies that look at the environmental, economic, social, but also cultural and spiritual dimensions of sustainability, embracing the concept of well-being,
  • Risk, resilience and sustainability of post-disaster rebuilding and informal settlements upgrading
  • Sustainability of disaster risk reduction strategies in architecture and urban design

The main goal of this track is to share knowledge and experiences on possibilities and challenges of rural-regional-urban collaborations towards sustainable and resilient societies. Further, we invite researchers, decision-makers and practitioners to address critical issues on sustainable urban and rural development at local, regional and national levels.


You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first): http://isdrs2018.exordo.com
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018