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Webinar on adaptable buildings and resilient cities taking place on 10 July 2020
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The First Preparatory Webinar


The 15th Annual Session of
Global Forum on Human Settlements
(GFHS 2020)

10a.m – 12p.m, CET, July 10, 2020

Theme: Strategies for fighting epidemics: adaptable buildings and resilient cities

Format: Live Streaming Online

Language: Simultaneous interpretation between English and Chinese

I.  Background and Objectives

Covid-19 rages across the world, plunging humanity into an abyss of misery, causing the society total lockdown and throwing the global economy into turmoil, and is considered as a once-in-a-century public health crisis and ecological security crisis. The international community must take decisive action to meet the challenges, promote a full and inclusive economic and social recovery, and accelerate an aggressive transformation towards sustainable development.

The pandemic, being projected to become a “new normal”, is an enormous shock to the original rules and order, and calls for new and urgent need for changes in buildings, communities and cities. With all kinds of measures being taken for social distancing and infection control, diversified business models and platforms such as home office, online business, education and life services, are emerging and getting increasingly popular. In this context, how to bring into full play the important role of buildings and communities in fighting the epidemic in an effective way? What changes will occur to their design, layout and function? How can architectural design draw inspiration from nature in order to better adapt to changes? How to balance the elements of "free building plane" and "flexible building space" to improve the space utilization and sustainability of buildings?

How can cities improve their resilience and mitigate the impact of current and future epidemics and other disasters? Confronting challenges in epidemic prevention and control, how will cities improve their efficiency, inclusiveness and sustainability? What changes will occur in terms of urban planning and form, built environment, infrastructure, energy structure, transportation and mobility, public space, and social equity? What interventions can be put in place in these areas?

Against this background, the first preparatory webinar of the 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2020) will be organized on the morning of July 10th (Central European Time) to address urgent issues centered around "Strategies for fighting epidemics: adaptable buildings and resilient cities”.

Well-known Chinese and foreign experts will be invited to share insights on and provide an in-depth look at, from the perspective of planning, design, operation and management, how buildings and cities can improve their safety, flexibility, adaptability, resilience and sustainability, so as to achieve the goal of meaningful transformation and revitalization in
all shocks and crises. The webinar is designed to inspire practical solutions and actions in support of better recovery and sustainability changes, and to contribute to the success of the 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements.

II.  Agenda

► 10:00-10:10

Lu Haifeng, Secretary General, Global Forum on Human Settlements, President,

Sustainable City Committee, China Research Society for Urban Development


► 10:10-10:25

Serge Salat, Member of International Resource Panel, UN Environment, President, Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France, Leading Expert of International Green Model City Standards 3.0

Speech titleCovid 19 as an accelerator of innovation for resilient cities and future


Mick Pearce, architect and biomimicry expert

Speech titleNature-based solutions: adaptable building design

► 10:40-10:55

Jason Hu, China Merchants Startup Mentor, former Chief Environment

Officer, China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co., Ltd,

professor level senior engineer

Speech titleSimultaneously managing epidemic and non-epidemic situations building smart, healthy communities

► 10:55-11:10

Nils Larsson, Executive Director, International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE)

Speech titlePandemics and adaptation in built environment

► 11:10-11:55

Dialogue, Comments, Q&A

► 11:55-12:00


III.   Contact

Register here:

Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)