4th International Symposium Reggio Calabria
New Metropolitan Perspectives
26-28 May, Reggio Calabria, Italy

Due to the Coronavirus situation, the event will go virtual.

The 4th edition of the International Symposium “New Metropolitan Perspectives” faces the challenge of local development’s innovation dynamics and its complexity putting humankind at the centre of the scientific debate, towards reclaiming that “man is the measure of all things”.

In partnership with Rhegion United Nations 2020-2030 “Territories and cities, material and immaterial heritage, resilience and transformations in the perspective of the 17 Sustainable Development UN Goals.

Program Update Rhegion UN 2020-2030 – Virtual edition

26th May 2020

10.00- 1.00 pm    OPENING SESSION

>>> Rhegion Opening Session Live Streaming Link

10.00- 10.30 am  Academic authorities’ messages and keynote Introduction
12.00- 1.00 pm    Starting Rhegion UN 2020 – 2030
  • Francesco Carlo Morabito, Vice-Rector Delegate for Internationalization and International Relations
  • Stefano Aragona, Scientific Responsible for Rhegion UN 2020 – 2030
Keynote panel: The great challenge of sustainability in a context that has become even more complex                
  • Achieving SDGs in Cities with particular focus on SDGs 7 and 11
    Vincent Kitio, Arch, Ph.D. | Chief, Urban Energy Unit |Urban Basic Services Branch | United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya
  • COVID-19 and the Implosion of Regional Economies
    Mark Patridge, Ph.D., Chief of the Regional Science Association International – RSAI, Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy/Prof., AED Economics, The Ohio State University, Adjunct Professor, School of Economics, Jinan Univ. Guangzhou, China, Social Sciences Dept., Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy, Coordinating Editor Springer Briefs in Regional Science

1.00- 2.30 Lunch break (virtual)


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2.30- 4.00 pm Testimonials

Chair: Federico M. Butera, prof. Emeritus, Polytechnic of Milan

  • Costa Rica’s Sustainable Development Model and the National Decarbonization Plan
    Giovanna Valverde Stark, Minister General Consul, Costa Rican Embassy
  • How Chinese cities are improving urban ecology
    Wang Xin – Doctor, Vice Dean, Associate Professor – TONGJI Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, (IESD), MOE Joint Lab for International Cooperation on Eco-Urban Design, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai
  • Territorial development and circular economy: the preservation of local resources
    André Torre, professor at UMR SAD-APT Agro Paristech, President of the European Regional Science Association – ERSA
4.00- 4.30 pm   Celebration of the entry of the Mediterranean into the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development – RUS

 Introduction by Stefano Aragona, Delegate of the Mediterranean University for RUS

  • Santo Marcello Zimbone, Rector of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
  • Patrizia Lombardi, Prorector of the Polytechnic of Turin, Coordinator of the Italia University Network for Sustainable Development
  • Sandra Savaglio, Councilor for Education, University, Scientific Research and Innovation of the Calabria Region

4.30- 4.45 pm   Coffee break (virtual)

4.45- 7.30 pm   ROUND TABLE

>>> Rhegion Round Table Live Streaming Link
  • Ronald Flores Vega, Ambassador of Costa Rica
  • Mariangela Cama, Alderman for Urbanism, Private Building, Maritime Property and Urban Planning, Reggio Calabria

1. Territories and cities – territorialism and sustainability

  • Marco Bussone, Chief of the National Union of Municipalities, Communities, and Mountain Bodies – UNCEM
  • Alberto Ziparo, Society of Territorialists – Sd
  • Maurizio Tira, Chief of the Italian Society of Town planners – SIU, Rector of the University of Brescia

2. Redevelopment and reuse of the existing on the territorial and urban scale

  • Andrea Arcidiacono, Vice Chief of the National Institute of Town planning – INU
  • Alessandro Marata, delegate Energy – Environment of the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers, Conservationists – CNAPPC
  • Armando Zambrano, Chief of the National Council of Engineers – CNI
  • Concetta Fallanca, prof. of Town planning, Department Patrimonio Architettura, Urbanistica – PAU

3. Territory and best practices

  • Samuele Furfaro, Macingo s.r.l., Azienda ass. Confindustria Reggio Calabria
  • Carmelo Basile, Coop. Fattoria della Piana Società Agricola, Azienda ass. Confindustria Reggio Calabria
  • Arianna Liconti, Marine Ecologist, Project Manager of Worldrise Onlus
  • Gianni Bottalico, Delegate for relations with the Regions and local authorities of The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development – ASviS

4. Public space and spatial and social sustainability

  • Riccardo Petrachi, Chief of Public Space Biennal
  • Andrea Poggio, National Secretariat of Legambiente
  • Emanuela Bambara, delegate of the Director of the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria
  • Francesca Fatta, Coordinator of the International PhD in Architecture
  • Maria Valeria Mininni, delegate of Rector of the University of Basilicata
  Closing Remarks
  • MP Roberto Morassut, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory and the Sea – MATTM

During days 27th and 28th May the papers will be presented.

The event in question will be disclosed by national and international sites: RSAI website https://www.regionalscience.org/, ISOCARP https://isocarp.org/,INU http://www.inu.it/,Urbanpromo – Urbit https://urbanpromo.it/info/, CN APPC http://www.awn.it/, AISRe https://www.aisre.it/, Planum – The Journal of Urbanism http://www.planum.net/, BiSP http://biennalepaziopubblico.it/, RUS https://sites.google.com/unive.it/rus/home, it will also be present on the SIU Letter News, on that of the SdT.