'The Architecture of Innovation: Governance, Design and Infrastructure for Knowledge Cities'

NEWS: Due to the problems in air traffic, not all the speakers of the Seminar have been able to reach Taiwan. The programme of the Seminar will be slightly reduced and there will be a second round later this year.
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A Training Seminar for INTA members in Taiwan to build competences on ways of bringing design, architecture, urbanism, and engineering together with urban governance for an integrated approach to knowledge cities.

A collaboration between the NCTU Eco-City Centre for Smart Living Technology, the Housing and Urbanism Graduate School of the Architectural Association, the Institute for Information Industry of Taiwan, and INTA, the International Urban Development Association, offering participants an interdisciplinary approach to the planning of knowledge cities.

Scope and themes
Concepts of innovation are rapidly evolving, and so are our understandings of the role of cities in fostering the social and economic success we associate with it. Innovation is no longer linked simply with invention, but with a rich capacity to flexibly adopt new technologies, to deepen the social learning process, and to broaden the participation in dynamic business ecologies. Successful systems of innovation are increasingly characterised by mobility, inclusivity, sustainability, and the robust adaptability of productive networks. As a consequence, planning for innovation has become less a matter simply of providing excellent technical spaces for talented people, but of harnessing the investment in the innovation economy to an integrated approach to forward-looking city building. This shift is calling for new planning instruments, new concepts for workspace, new synergies between living and working, and fresh approaches to the sustainable infrastructure of urban regions. In short, there is a newly emerging system architecture for cities in the innovation economy. In this seminar, we will discuss ways of bringing design, architecture, urbanism, and engineering together with urban governance in pursuit of integrated approaches to knowledge cities.

Outcome and purpose
This interdisciplinary programme will give participants an opportunity to see how integrated approaches to the urbanism of knowledge cities is being pursued internationally, and to discuss ways of incorporating emerging trends in local programmes of urban and regional development. While workspace has long been at the heart of planning for science and technology parks, in this seminar we will place workspace in intimate relation with the core themes of mobility, sustainability, and residential living that together support integrated approaches to new and sustainable urbanism. Participants will also gain a richer understanding of the role architecture and design can play in the development of successful urban strategies, and of distinctive ways to use architects in support of different phases of the urban development process.

Target group
The Seminar is designed for public officials at Taiwanese national and local government and urban development practitioners active in innovation and urbanism.

More information:
Brochure Hsinchu Seminar.pdf

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