Cities4K has been running an ongoing series of seminars and workshops to explore its themes. It has held the following events:
July 2012: Cities for Knowledge, part of the Risk Seminar Series organized by International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), Portugal. Lisbon, 3 July 2012.
The seminar explored a range of themes including role of university campuses in developing cities and fostering socioeconomic resilience to risks. The connectivity of the campus and science and technology parks is crucial for underpinning the economy of a city or region. The design of the physical environment should support this yet there can often be many disconnects partly caused by the design of the buildings and spaces around them, their location or proximity to each other, but also human behaviour and how people use buildings. The seminar also discussed how to develop a university and knowledge atlas which is a survey of all knowledge infrastructures and their location in selected urban environments. The aim is to analyse the dispersion of university and science buildings, in order to understand how they integrate the structure of the city.
An important concern is the role of universities in the development of sustainable cities, particular from the point of view of energy consumption directly (from say the buildings) and indirectly (from say student use of transport systems).
Universities face a number of challenges both from increasing student numbers and internationalization but also developing new research frameworks to support both their own role within the local or regional economy, and in partnership with other universities to form a global network.
October 2012: Designing Cities for Knowledge, Skolkovo Foundation / Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 30 October 2012
One-day seminar on the design of knowledge infrastructures exploring three levels of urban design and city – campus interaction, campus design as places to live, work and learn, and the third level of building design and interaction wit the campus.
The workshop considered two case studies. Lisbon which has a number of institutions spread over the entire city, together with new campuses and science parks established in urban peripheries in the last twenty years. Moscow with more than 200 universities and other knowledge infrastructures spread over the entire city.
February 2013: Contribution to workshop: Building Bridges for innovative, Socially Effective and Politically Responsible Development, the School for Policies Innovation and Development Research Web, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. 27 February – 1 March 2013
Explored the role of campuses in the context of knowledge, knowledge governance and innovation.
March 2013: Lisbon4K: Knowledge and cities by design – “Lisbon for knowledge”. Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon, Portugal. March 2013
A one-week studio-based course to engage students from different fields (architecture, urban planning, engineering, science, history, economics) with designers, scholars, and experts, including policy makers, in deepening the discussion about potential scenarios for helping designing cities for knowledge and integrating “knowledge infrastructures” in growing urban areas worldwide, as well as to guide the design of future “university campus” and science parks, as well as better materialize (spatially) the opportunities for technology-enabled active learning environments.
October 2013: Glocalization, Science and Higher Education: Internationalization and Local Development? part of the Altec 2013 Conference, Porto, Portugal 28 October 2013.
The workshop discussed the interaction between the city and the institutions of science and higher education – “knowledge urbanism”. The objective was to discuss urban planning in terms of an effective integration of knowledge in urban life. The discussion encompassed how to better preserve the necessary characteristics of “knowledge spaces”, while opening these spaces to processes that favor social and economic integration of the involving neighborhoods.
A second objective was to consider new ways of creating, designing and renewing new and existing urban spaces in terms of their impact in the social and cultural context, under the guidance of scientific and academic objectives.