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How can cities become a new concrete place to invent, explore, test, and live as open community that is able to face global challenges and at the same time to enhance urban inclusiveness and urban economies?
Cities that use diffuse sensors and open data to understand problems and activate effective solutions, which recycles spaces, infrastructures and landscapes, which stimulates the widespread micro-creativity to create a system, which recovers the productive vitality of urban manufacturing, especially the innovative ones linked to digital transformation, and which finds back the economic power of its port as powerful gateway. A city that increases the vegetal dimension to give concrete answers to climate change, starting from the redevelopment of its forgotten river. Above all an augmented city that would improve its cosmopolitan dimension must refuse top-down traditional masterplan, implementing incremental and adaptive strategies to generate new metabolism instead of waiting for an opportunity, intercepting local, national and international resources within a design of the future and not with ravenous improvisation.
The aim of the Cosmopolitan Habitat Workshop/Conference is to debate and reflect about the ongoing re-positioning of urban planning in the last years and how this can be a new paradigm for urbanism. Due to rapid transformation in cities and to increasing global challenges, urban planning is not only questioning its theoretical concepts and practical tools: the main change is seen in the pathways of innovation of the discipline that connects for this task in new ways to society and to other disciplines.
Cosmopolitan Habitat gives a complex answer to the issue posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, able to produce a multiple answer starting by the Goal 10 that aims to reduce inequalities.
The Cosmopolitan Habitat workshop intends to invite international PhD candidates, students, young scientists, academics and professionals of urban planning and design in order to debate about the spatial dimension of migration, the morphologies of the space modified by the different human cultures that increasingly identify European cities and to reflect about new spaces of living in the project area: The Historical Centre of Palermo.