We are in: Thematic Areas
To organise its contributions, the SB10mad Conference is divided into four areas:
Designed to reflect on renovation actions carried out at the district scale with sustainability objectives from the experience of those involved, to collect information and form conclusions on the following matters:
basic design criteria for renovation to define districts with low emissions and criteria for using available technologies including both the definition of a low emission power offer and that of reduced demand: distributed electrical generation, district heating, low demand building, sustainable mobility, efficient urban services, wastes handling, etc;
strategies, methods and instruments available for action in existing districts, including town planning, legal, economic and management aspects in both planning and application and development with special emphasis on its repercussion on the objective of achieving low emissions;
visions and models for considering the social aspects of renovation including the definition and tackling of prior social problems and those relating to the action in districts, the articulation of participation in defining objectives, taking decisions and monitoring as well as the opportunities offered by working from the community to achieve the objective of low emissions.
Understanding that heritage is not only a material inheritance to be protected but also integrated knowledge expressed also in techniques, processes and models for managing resources and that it contains important lessons and conceptual resources and techniques for sustainability, this section of the conference is designed to collect and reflect on aspects relating to:
visions and readings of traditional systems as models for managing resources on the building, urban and territorial scales and, especially, their interpretation as potentials for sustainable renovation;
criteria and instruments for assessing and validating heritage as a support for a socially acceptable habitability with a special effect on overcoming barriers that oppose it, considering technical, legal, financial and social aspects separately and together;
strategies for action that includes the overall consideration of the problems of renovating districts from the enhancement of heritage aspects and, especially, its value for sustainability.
The instruments for assessing sustainability are highly developed at the new building level, that of real estate promotion, to the point at which they allow sustainability to be proposed as one more quality of the building, defined and measurable, thus allowing the determination of the actions to achieve it in its various degrees and to weight the costs for obtaining it. However, this development appears not to exist or is much lower when the purpose is renovation and the scale is that of the district. Therefore, the conference asks for contributions to provide conclusions regarding:
tools for measuring sustainability in building rehabilitation actions, whether specifically developed or applications of sustainability measurement tools that already exist and were initially developed for new buildings;
methods and tools for measuring the sustainability of district level projects, considering environmental and social aspects and, especially, with viability of application in actions in existing districts and with the objective of achieving low emissions;
experiences and contributions on the viability of developing standard methods and tools for measuring sustainability, specifically aimed at the sustainable renovation of districts, considering and discussing its ambits, indicators, reference values, etc.
Given the numerous problems facing actions on the current city and in defining sustainability objectives in the Mediterranean area, tourism appears to be an unavoidable challenge. Tourism is considered a factor for development that is generated and sustained on the physical support of a certain parts of the territory and cities, a support which is inevitably transformed and which is generally degraded by the pressure of tourism.
World wide organisations for managing tourism, such as the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO, have been calling for some time for and working on the configuration of a tourism model on a sustainable basis including its compatibility with the fight against climate change, such as the 2007 Davos declaration, "Climate change and tourism: responding to global challenges," which shows the sector’s concern with environmental challenges.
Therefore, the SB10MAD Conference intends to provide a specific area for considering the effect of tourism on the sustainable renovation of districts in the Mediterranean city, understanding it as being simultaneously a risk and an opportunity, to generate opinion regarding:
visions and readings of tourism as an element for urban change and, from there, as a possible motivator for the sustainable renovation of cities: its relationship with the district scale, its risks and opportunities, overall and local impacts, etc;
experiences of urban renovation actions with tourism as the relevant activity, whether as the factor that motivated the intervention or cases of the renovation of tourist districts or areas. Discussion of its specific nature and its relationship with sustainability at the local and global scales and, especially, with climate change;
available methods and tools to define and assess sustainable tourism activity in its relationship with the environment that supports it and, especially, the viability of the integration of these tools in the design of strategies and instruments for the sustainable renovation of districts.