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International Conference – SBE16 Torino 18-19 February 2016

The transition toward “post-carbon city” imposes new paradigms in the policy makers agenda. It requires a burst in the carbon-dependency of our urban systems, which has lead to current high levels of greenhouse gases. There is a need to establish new types of cities that are low-carbon as well as environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The transition toward “post-carbon city” imposes new paradigms in the policy makers agenda. It requires a burst in the carbon-dependency of our urban systems, which has lead to current high levels of greenhouse gases. There is a need to establish new types of cities that are low-carbon as well as environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The transition toward “post-carbon city” imposes new paradigms in the policy makers agenda. It requires a burst in the carbon-dependency of our urban systems, which has lead to current high levels of greenhouse gases. There is a need to establish new types of cities that are low-carbon as well as environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The transition toward “post-carbon city” imposes new paradigms in the policy makers agenda. It requires a burst in the carbon-dependency of our urban systems, which has lead to current high levels of greenhouse gases. There is a need to establish new types of cities that are low-carbon as well as environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

In the current transition, new uncertainties and vulnerabilities of cities are emerging, that require a holistic evaluation approach and new integrated collaborative methods and tools with the aim of assisting urban planners, built environment stakeholders and policy makers in their efforts to plan, design and manage post-carbon cities.

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My abstract: The 2012 London Games: Can Olympic Legacies be sustainable?

Mega-events, from the Olympics to the World Cups, are often regarded as catalysts for the overall redevelopment of a city. Mega-events have driven the urban transformation of cities like Barcelona or Beijing, but while the prospect of economic growth is the leading force for hosting them, the legacies that follow their staging, especially regarding sustainable development, are difficult to design and quantify. The research draws an investigation into the impact of mega sports events on the built environment, focusing on the analysis of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The aim of this study is to assess of the real legacies of the 2012 Olympics in London regarding sustainable urbanism, with particular regard to the public open spaces created (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Olympic Village). The case of London was selected, among other Olympic cities, because the British capital was the first Olympic city with a comprehensive legacy plan and a sustainability strategy already in execution before the hosting of the Games. More, the case of London offers a wide variety of legacies that can be analyzed. Future research will focus on the development of a comprehensive framework for appraising legacies of mega sports events, focusing on their long-term self-sustained impacts, which means an analysis of the economic, social, environmental, but cultural and governance-related legacies.

Acknowledgments

This article was made possible by GSRA grant # GSRA1-1-1119-13007 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The findings achieved herein are solely the responsibility of the author.

 

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