Op 3 november 2009 organiseerde het Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving de jaarlijkse Ruimteconferentie in de Cruise Terminal te Rotterdam. Dit jaar verzorgden Carolyn Steel (auteur van 'The Hungry City') en Professor Edward Soja (hoogleraar Urban Planning, UCLA/LSE) de keynote speeches. Daarnaast zijn er dertig workshops gehouden over diverse thema’s op het gebied van ruimtelijke ordening en de leefomgeving. Deze presentaties zijn nu beschikbaar.
Workshopprogramma en presentaties
Tijdens de Ruimteconferentie zijn er drie series met elk tien parallelle workshops over diverse thema’s gehouden.
Het merendeel van de presentaties gehouden tijdens deze workshops is op de volgende pagina te downloaden:
Carolyn Steel: 'Sitopia - how food shapes the world'
Feeding cities is one of the great challenges of our time. The process arguably has a greater social and physical impact on us and our planet than anything else we do, yet few of us are aware of it. Industrialisation has distanced us from the effort required to feed cities and has made it seem easy. But as we enter an era of climate change, peak oil and a rapidly growing urban population, that illusion is wearing off. We urgently need a new model for human dwelling – one that recognises the interdependence of city and country, and treats them as a single, organic whole.
My proposal is a concept that could lead to such a model: sitopia (from the ancient Greek sitos, food + topos, place). Sitopia is ‘food place’: a new way of seeing the world that acknowledges food’s centrality in our lives and its power to shape us and our planet. Food is our greatest shared need – which makes it our greatest potential asset. If we recognise its power to connect and shape us, together we can harness it as a tool to rethink our lives and shape the world for better.
Edward Soja: 'The New Regionalism and the Generative Power of Cities'
The urbanization of the globe/The globalization of the Urban:
Every square inch/centimeter of the world is becoming urbanized, whether in the Amazon rainforest, the Sahara desert, or the Siberian tundra. At the same time, every city is experiencing some degree of globalization, becoming more culturally and economically heterogeneoustract'.