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8th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism

June 22, 2015 - June 24, 2015

True smart and green city?
The 8th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)

True smart and green city? is organized by SungKyunKwan University (SKKU)within the framework of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) in collaboration with universities of the IFoU network, GSSI Cities as well as the City of Incheon and MDPI.

The conference True smart & green city? will focus on the question how smart and green concepts, systems and interventions could truly constitute to the construction, management, operation and maintenance of sustainable and resilient urbanities, in the framework of both new urban developments and the transformation of existing urban environments.

Target Groups

During the conference, scientific results, design concepts and technical solutions will be presented. Furthermore theoretical approaches, professional experiences and best practices will be discussed. Accordingly the target group is multidisciplinary and includes a wide range of different backgrounds: architects and urban planners; policy makers, students and researchers from different disciplines; managers and politicians, all of whom are involved in or interested in design, planning and the management of the built environment.

Conference Themes and Subtopics

  1. True Smart & Green Urban Society
    Keywords: Social responsibility, benefits redistribution, participation, integration, informal sector, communities & community based development, individualism and collectivism, political conditions, network society, green urban culture, generic city and identity, social inequalities, kampong, slums and squatters, historic urban core, cultural sustainability, social resilience, local wisdom, social justice.
  2. True Smart & Green Urban Economies
    Keywords: Economical life cycle analysis of buildings and/or infrastructures from neighborhood to city level, green urban economies, regional economy & currencies, effects of globalization, social-economic resilience.
  3. True Smart & Green Urban Planning and Governance
    Keywords: Institutions, reform, integrated planning, management & governance, stakeholder participation, welfare, tools and systems for the quantification of sustainability aspects, assessment and certification tools LEED ND, BREEAM, CASBEE, DGNB.
  4. True Smart & Green Urban Design and Visions
    Keywords: Designs, visions and practice examples of true smart and green landscape, architecture and urbanism; urban concepts and designs for new developments; regeneration and transformation of existing urban environments on different scales; plans and concepts for true smart and green urban (re)developments.
  5. True Smart & Green Urban Technologies and Infrastructure Systems
    Keywords: Smart infrastructures for telecommunication, urban mining, urban farming, technologies and systems for sustainable resource management aiming for zero emission (sustainable production and management of water, energy, waste), public health and air quality, smart individual and public transport systems, electric mobility, urban network, urban nodes, high-density

Publications and Indexing

  • Papers will be published in Conference Proceedings (with ISBN number). Each participant will receive a copy of the conference proceedings.
  • Conference papers and presentations will be available online (open access) after the conference via
  • DOI numbers will be registered for each paper in the conference proceeding issue.
  • Published papers are amongst others referenced by CrossRef.
  • Thomson and Reuters will be approached for possible indexing of the proceedings in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (available through Web of Science).
  • Authors are encouraged to submit their conference papers after the conference to the journal Sustainability indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Sciences Citation Index(Web of Science), Impact Factor: 1.077 (Journal Citations Reports, 2013).
  • Best paper award: Amongst the presented full conference paper contributions 5 best papers will be selected. The fee for publication in the journal Sustainability will be waived for the 5 best papers.


Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the IFoU Scientific Board and the International Review Panel.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Nguyen Quang, UN Habitat, Vietnam
  • Prof. Dennis Frenchman, MIT, USA
  • Prof. Mark Swilling, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Conference Venue

Incheon: Songdo Convensia, 6-1 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, 406-840 Incheon


June 22, 2015
June 24, 2015
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Incheon: Songdo Convensia
6-1 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, 406-840
Incheon, Korea, Republic Of
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