The UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center was awarded an NSF Grant to develop the Second Sustainable Smart Cities International Workshop in Egypt. This workshop will be co-sponsored by the Egyptian National Housing and Building Research Center (HBRC) and Alexandria University.

 

UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center
NSF
HBRC
Alexandria University

The workshop will take place in Cairo in order to facilitate participation by key government decision makers and researchers. This will help to ensure we have appropriate stakeholders present. The workshop will be truly international, inviting participants from the U.S., Egypt, and the MENA region.

The workshop will take place at the Cairo Marriot Hotel.

Attendees will include researchers, practitioners, and government decision-makers from Egypt, the Middle East, the UK, and the United States. Egyptian representatives will include government ministries, universities, and municipal officials who play key roles in the development of sustainable cities. International representatives will include researchers and practitioners who will provide global perspectives on past experiences and future areas of focus. The workshop will be co-sponsored by the Egyptian National Housing and Building Research Center (HBRC) and Alexandria University.

Collaborating Organizations

AAST
Arizona State UNiversity
Berkley
GIT
Concordia
Staffordshire University
Public Health England
US Embassy
GIZ
Cairo University
Ain Shams Univ
NSF Sponsor
AAST

 

The workshop will focus on the themes of sustainable water management, informal settlements and sustainable housing, and urban health and well-being. Of particular interest will be the nexus of these themes with building codes and policies, and the role of governments in encouraging the development and implementation of sustainable cities.

A Venn diagram of the 2019 NSF Workshop themes intersecting.

Sustainable Water Management

Egypt and many arid regions face increasing water scarcity, exacerbated by population growth and demands by agriculture and industry. This theme will examine the integration of urban design with water management, water treatment, and water recycling. The working groups will explore the factors contributing to water scarcity in Egypt and the potential for sustainable infrastructure designs to ameliorate them. It will address the need for partnerships among government, researchers, and urban developers to reduce demands in the water system.

Informal Settlements and Sustainable Housing

Informal settlements represent a significant challenge not only in Egypt, but worldwide. A response to a lack of affordable housing, they continue to grow in many areas despite government efforts to contain them. New approaches, however, hold promise to provide the housing needed by the urban poor and upgrade these areas. This theme will focus on current initiatives to upgrade informal settlements, what strategies have had the most success, and how principles of sustainability can be incorporated into those strategies. Of particular focus will be how the government can team with residents and researchers to provide sustainable solutions.

Urban Health and Well-being

This theme addresses the elements of a livable city and their influence on population health, from personal and behavioral health to societal/environmental factors. It will examine how neighborhood living conditions related to infrastructure, green spaces, physical activities, and food access may impact population health, and it will attempt to understand the relationship between smart, sustainable and livable cities and population health and wellbeing. Finally, it will explore the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders (government, urban population, health care providers, etc.) and articulate the need for future collaboration.

Lara Campbell, PhD

Lara Campbell, PhD

Program Director

Office of International Science & Engineering

National Science Foundation

Patricia J. Culligan, PhD

Patricia J. Culligan, PhD

Professor of Civil Engineering

Robert A.W. and Christine S. Carleton

Columbia University

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD

Professor & Chair

Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH

Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH

Professor & Director

Division of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Paula Alvarez Pino

Paula Alvarez Pino

Associate Director

Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Armistead Russell, PhD

Armistead Russell, PhD

Howard T. Tellepsen Chair & Regents' Professor

Environmental Engineering

Georgia Tech

Andrew Sullivan, MSCE

Andrew Sullivan, MSCE

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Paul Filmer, PhD

Paul Filmer, PhD

Program Director

Office of International Science & Engineering

National Science Foundation

Sahar Attia, PhD

Sahar Attia, PhD

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

Cairo University

Nasser Darwish, PhD

Nasser Darwish, PhD

Professor of Civil and Structural Engineering

Alexandria University

Doaa Genena, M.D., PhD

Doaa Genena, M.D., PhD

Lecturer and Clinical Nutrition Consultant

Alexandria University

Khaled Yousri, PhD

Khaled Yousri, PhD

Vice Chairman

Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC)

Egypt

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Cairo: June 11th – 13th, 2019

The University of Alabama (UAB) Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center has secured a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host the 2nd NSF Sustainable Smart Cities International Workshop in Egypt in June 2019. This event will focus on issues specific to sustainable cities in arid environments and will address thematic areas related to:

  • Sustainable infrastructure in arid environments
  • The development of livable environments across varying urban ecosystems, specifically new developments, existing urban areas, and informal settlements
  • The role of government in promoting sustainable cities

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The objective of the 2nd NSF Sustainable Smart Cities International Workshop is to facilitate open discussions and exchange of knowledge related to the challenges of advancing sustainable smart cities and the roles of national and municipal governments in those efforts.

The workshop will be organized on the premise that the exchange of international experiences is beneficial for all parties. A discussion among government stakeholders, researchers, and implementing agencies will compare evidence-based measures, identify best practices, and facilitate capacity-building through the national and international exchange of information

The workshop will clarify the roles of national and local governments in the implementation of sustainable cities, and develop criteria and performance metrics that those governments can use to identify and prioritize projects.

Specific Objectives

The workshop will promote discussions on how to engage government entities and develop integrated policies for promoting and implementing sustainable practices. The workshop will have the following specific aims:

  1. Explore how synergistic relationships between government, researchers, and practitioners can help promote sustainable urban development
  2. Bring together the decision making, research, and practitioner communities from the U.S. and Egypt to identify and prioritize short term sustainability programs that address regional needs
  3. Identify specific objectives, decision criteria, and performance metrics to help decision makers prioritize and evaluate sustainability projects
  4. Identify mutually beneficial research and training initiatives
  5. Identify lessons learned that can help the U.S. to apply similar practices at home and abroad

Location

The workshop will take place in Cairo in order to facilitate participation by key government decision makers and researchers. This will help to ensure we have appropriate stakeholders present. The workshop will be truly international, inviting participants from the U.S., Egypt, and the MENA region.

   
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