Hannover Messe 2012
Metropolitan Solutions conference Shanghai 2012
This year’s second Metropolitan Solutions Conference by the Hannover Messe with ISOCARP partnership was a 24 hours round the world, round the clock event with life-streaming on the web and successively held in three locations: Hanover – San Jose – Shanghai – Hanover. The overall topic was reliable infrastructure and ISOCARP was present in Shanghai where two sessions were held: 1. Reliable water supply, waste water disposal & sewage treatment for smart cities and 2. Efficient traffic management and reliable mobility concepts for smart cities. This year’s ISOCARP General Rapporteur Stefan Rau moderated the two sessions together with Dong Wei from the Urban Planning Society of China UPSC also an ISOCARP partner.
Several corporate, institutional and academic speakers covered innovative technology and operations aspects of water and transportation infrastructure solutions for service improvements to cities with a wide range of aspects. It became apparent that the way we will be able to think about infrastructure changes dramatically. From large systems with enormous capital expenditures built in one generation for the following generations to come we are used to think of, flexible, responsive, self-sufficient even distributed systems may offer efficient solutions for the next generation of urban territories in the emerging and developing world. An intelligent combination of large scale systems with distributed systems may become the way to go in the future and may be described as “hub and spokes versus crowd and cloud” systems (S. Rau). Examples for Water supply and water treatment systems showed that on the one hand massive investments are needed for construction and reconstruction of pipe-work, storage, pumping, filtration etc. to service populous metropolitan agglomerations while on the other hand new urban and suburban areas and developing rural areas may best be served by autonomous, automated, remote-controlled scaled systems that are energy-self-sufficient, powered by renewable energies and operation-optimized through sensor-feedback loops indicating water quality and levels.
More details on speakers, speeches and summary conclusions by Stefan Rau and Dong Wei are available for download here.
The keynote was followed by presentations of projects on infrastructure and urban development:
- Highspeed train development in China: Dieter Michell-Auli, DB International, Berlin (Germany)
- Sino-German Ecopark in Qingdao: Ralf Marohn, Far, Ludwigshafen (Germany)
- From garbage to green coal – Third generation of recycling of household waste: Dr. Axel Schweitzer, CEO, ALBA Group, Berlin (Germany)
- Efficient train technologies for urbanisation in China: Sebastian Webel, Corporate Communications, Siemens AG, Munich (Germany)
- Low Carbon Future Cities in China: Dr. Daniel Vallentin, Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal (Germany)
ISOCARP Vice President Dirk Engelke chaired the China Special session and gave a speech demonstrating ISOCARP’s knowledge for better cities. He highlighted selected projects from China and Europe that won the ISOCARP Awards for Excellence in the last years and he summarized criteria for innovative and successful urban projects along aspects from the award-winning projects.
The highlight of the China special session clearly was the panel discussion with the speakers of the afternoon and a representative of UPSC. This panel discussion was moderated by ISOCARP member Stefan Rau. After his input “China and The World – The World and China: Better Cooperation – Better Cities“ the panel discussed urban development in China and “old Europe” and opportunities of mutual technology exchange and development. One conclusion was the necessity of integrating sectors, disciplines, operations and ICT to achieve better Metropolitan Solutions.
The sharing of knowledge linked with the European projects ISOCARP is involved in was actively done by Prof. Didier Vancutsem, head of the ISOCARP Liaison Office in Brussels.
More information on the fair Metropolitan Solutions:
Download the presentation of the 25/04/2012:
ISOCARP at HANNOVER MESSE 2012
ISOCARP is knowledge partner of HANNOVER MESSE and co-organiser of the China special session on 25th April 2012. This opens up the opportunity for members to have a look at the latest urban technologies and join a panel discussion on knowledge transfer in urban planning and technology.
After its successful premiere and huge visitor interest at Hannover Messe 2011, Metropolitan Solutions is back for a second run. As China is the partner country of the Hannover Messe this year ISOCARP is co-organising a “China special session” together with the Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) at Metropolitan Solutions 2012.
Primary programme China special session (13:45 to 17:45 followed by a reception)
> Opening of China Special Session by Hannover Messe, UPSC and ISOCARP
> Key Note by the Vice Mayor City of Chongqing (requested)
> Presentations of different projects and companies focused on activities in China
> ISOCARP presentation on the ISOCARP Awards for Excellence, Dirk Engelke (CH), VP Communications and Awards
> Panel discussion on transfer of knowledge in urban technologies – a one way only? Moderated by Stefan Rau, ISOCARP General Rapporteur 2012 (CN, D)
For the detailed program please visit http://www.hannovermesse.de/de/ueber-die-messe/programm/highlights/metropolitan-solutions/forum-metropolitan-solutions
“Metropolitan Solutions” at the Hannover Messe
The fair brings technology providers, urbanists and planners into contact with technology providers, investors and political decision-makers on a national and international level. To learn more on the fair please have a look at the webpage and the image film of Metropolitan Solutions: www.hannovermesse.de/MPS
Free entrance for ISOCARP members
ISOCARP members will get entrance free of charge for the entire Hannover Messe for all days and the China special session on 25th April 2012. Just send a mail to the ISOCARP secretariat and get your e-ticket.
To book a hotel you might follow the link http://www.hannover.de/hotels/hannovermesse/
Impressions of the 2011 event
Have a look at the successful ISOCARP event in 2011 at the Hannover Messe.
If you have any questions on the event please contact Dirk Engelke (CH), VP Communications and Awards. firstname.lastname@example.org