2. Design Development of Future Homes for Future Cities

Humanity is moving to cities to seek a better life. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities and by 2050, roughly two-thirds of the world's population, will be city dwellers. Our planet is becoming increasingly urban, bringing both challenges and opportunities to shape new ways of dwelling, namely in extreme environments.
By extreme environments is understood among others climate/environmental/social conditions including constraints of perceptual, psychological, cultural and social character with limited and not sufficient resources: space, water, energy, food.
Can we build cities that are truly sustainable? Which kind of dwelling can be foreseen in such new cities? Which kind of interface can be designed by relating oikos (home, ecology, economy) and polis (politics, culture, society)? What kind of homes can be built up within cities based upon a project instead of a contingency or a circumstance?
For city planners, architects, designers, engineers and all the diversity of creators a major task is ahead, namely to portray the city of tomorrow, which metaphor of sustainability is a leader driver.
We invite researchers and practitioners to present theoretical frameworks and/or empirical studies within such context. It is the intention of this track to portray dwelling environments and consequent "visions of the world", which inspire, sustain or challenge ideas about design for the next generations.
Contributions are welcome that relate this topic to a variety of different disciplines or themes, referring e.g. to gender studies, material culture, cultural studies, sustainability, do-it-yourself, global networking, tradition, cultural transfer, understanding of space, nature as inspiration, etc. The track aims at discussing the relevance of home in both meanings as oikos and as polis and its design (architecture, urbanism, interior design, furniture, communication, equipments, industry) in view of regional or/and global changes.

A short biography of convenors

Fatima Pombo is Professor in interior architecture and design. She has lectured extensively on design criticism and aesthetics at international conferences and has taught at Universities of Aveiro, Barcelona, Vigo and Munich. She participates in international research projects, anthologies and design journals. Fatima Pombo also writes novels and children stories. Institution: Catholic University of Leuven, (K.U.L.) Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning
Email: fatima.teixeirapombo@asro.kuleuven.be

Hilde Heynen is Full Professor in architectural theory and Head of the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning at Catholic University of Leuven. She is author of several books (including Architecture and Modernity. A Critique, MIT Press, 1999) and publishes in architectural journals as The Journal of Architecture and Home Cultures. Institution: Catholic University of Leuven, (K.U.L.) Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning
Email: hilde.heynen@asro.kuleuven.be

Maria Nystrom is Professor and responsible for research in Design at School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg and also professor at Chalmers University of Technology/Architecture, Gothenburg. She has been working as an industrial designer mainly in Asia and Eastern Africa. She was a Cullinan professor at Rice University in Houston.
Email: Maria.Nystrom@Chalmers.se