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Rethink Cities – A FIDIC/EFCA White Paper on Sustainable Urban Development

Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Friday December 14th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Laleh Farhadi, MSc Urban and Regional Planning, will be presenting “Rethink Cities – A FIDIC/EFCA White Paper on Sustainable Urban Development”.

Day & Time: Friday December 14th, 2018
1:00 p.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Laleh Farhadi, MSc Urban and Regional Planning

Organizers: Magnetics Chapter, WIE IEEE Toronto

Location: Ryerson University, Victoria Building (VIC)
285 Victoria St., 7th Floor, Room 736 (conference room)
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W1

Contact: Reza Dibaj

Abstract: Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities covering 2- 3 % of the Earth’s land area, using 75 % of all energy and emitting 80% of all carbon dioxide. Infrastructure investments in many countries and cities are not at a desirable level or they are steered in the wrong direction while many cities are growing faster geographically than population-wise. Society has to rethink cities.

The FIDIC White Paper addresses the need of evolving resource efficiency in cities with increased focus on planning and making socially and economically attractive areas, well-functioning spatial structures and energy efficient systems.

To meet the increasingly complex challenges of cities, holistic and integrated approach is needed and rightly applied regarding emissions, climate, resilience, climate risks, flooding, biodiversity, energy and material use, improved quality of life and social responsibility.

Biography: Laleh Farhadi is an Urban Planner, internationally experienced in both private and public sectors on different types of plans and projects related to the city and its ongoing challenges.

During a project in Consulting Engineering Firm, while reviewing and providing feedback for a FIDIC White Paper called “Rethink Cities”, she faced the fact that the total built environment (not just the individual buildings) requires sustainable overall solutions that form synergies in solutions for society, buildings, infrastructure, and technical systems.

This presentation based on FIDIC/ EFCA White Paper is a step forward to this knowledge and responsibility sharing with the hope of professional cooperation among various effecting fields in the city.