Introduction

The 15th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability addresses all aspects of the urban environment and aims to provide solutions leading towards sustainability. The Sustainable City 2022 conference follows a series of very successful meetings that started in Rio (2000), followed by Segovia (2002), Siena (2004), Tallinn (2006), Skiathos (2008), A Coruña (2010), Ancona (2012), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Siena (2014), Medellin (2015), Alicante (2016), Seville (2017), Valencia (2019) and online in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urban areas result in a series of environmental challenges varying from the consumption of natural resources and the subsequent generation of waste and pollution, contributing to the development of social and economic imbalances. According to current trends, the population is concentrating in urban areas that continue to grow all over the world. Old and new problems tend to become more acute and require the development of innovative solutions to create liveable urban areas without endangering our common future.

The task of researchers is to improve the capacity to manage human activities, pursuing welfare and prosperity in the urban environment. Any investigation or planning in a city ought to consider the relationships between the parts and their connections with the living world. The dynamics of its networks (flows of energy-matter, people, goods, information and other resources) are fundamental for an understanding of the evolving nature of today’s cities.

Coastal areas and coastal cities will be an important issue at the conference as they have some specific features. Their strategic location facilitates transportation and the development of related activities, but this requires the existence of large ports, with the corresponding increase in maritime and road traffic and all of the inherent negative effects, and can be directly affected by the rise in sea level. This requires the development of well-planned and managed urban environments, not only for reasons of efficiency and economics but also to avoid inflicting environmental degradation that causes the deterioration of natural resources, quality of life and human health.

Urban agriculture and food sovereignty are crucial issues that have been included in this latest edition of the conference due to their impact on city life. The scale of modern food production has created and exacerbated many vulnerabilities and the feeding of cities is now infinitely more complex. In the last few years, there has been a rapid expansion in initiatives and projects exploring innovative methods and processes for sustainable food production. The majority of these projects are focused on providing alternative models that shift the power back from the global food system to communities and farmers improving social cohesion, health and wellbeing. These initiatives have demonstrated that urban agriculture has the potential to transform our living environment towards ecologically sustainable and healthy cities.

Large cities represent a fertile ground for architects, engineers, city planners, social and political scientists, and other professionals able to conceive new ideas and time them according to technological advances and human requirements. Their works are essential in order to help public policies progress and become more committed to environmental challenges.

The meeting always attracts a substantial number of contributions from participants from different backgrounds and countries. The variety of topics and experiences is one of the main reasons behind the success of the series.

Since 1993 all published papers are archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary), where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Sustainable City 2022. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Urban strategies
  • Urban logistics
  • Urban metabolism
  • Circular economy
  • The coastal city and its environments
  • City/Waterfront interaction
  • Planning, development and management
  • Waterfront development
  • The S3 city: smart, sustainable and safe
  • Eco-cities, Eco-towns and Eco-villaging
  • Spatial conflicts in the city
  • The community and the city
  • Tourism and the city
  • Coastal city beaches
  • Coastal processes
  • Coastal flooding
  • Urban transportation and planning
  • Ports accessibility
  • Architectural issues
  • Cultural heritage sites
  • Urban conservation and regeneration
  • Environmental management
  • Waste management
  • Urban air pollution
  • Health issues
  • Water resources
  • Landscape planning and design
  • Urbanization of rural areas
  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture
  • Sustainable land use
  • Green infrastructures and sustainable urbanism
  • City food chains
  • Urban agriculture and food sovereignty
  • Sustainable urban drainage
  • Urban farms
  • Roof top farms and green roofs
  • Waste food recovery and recycling
  • Planning for risk, climate change and natural hazards
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Sustainable City 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Sustainable City 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Location Information

Rome

The Italian capital, Rome, lies within the Lazio region of Italy and is known as the ‘Eternal City’. Rome boasts an unrivalled 3,000-year heritage of globally influential art, architecture and culture. The city is home to iconic historic landmarks, including the ancient ruins of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and is bursting with world-class museums such as the Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery. As well as substantial Roman remains, significant Baroque and Renaissance buildings pepper the city centre.

Colosseum Pantheon

Art and Culture

Colosseum: the most well-known ancient tourist attraction in Rome. Construction started in 72AD and it was inaugurated in 80AD. The Colosseum was large enough for theatrical performances, festivals, circuses, or games, which the Imperial Court and high officials watched from the lowest level, aristocratic Roman families on the second, the populace on the third and fourth.

St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square: Vatican City is located within the city of Rome and is the smallest state in the world both by area and population. It is less than half a square kilometre in size with most of it enclosed by the Vatican walls. Within the walls are the Vatican palace and gardens, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square, an area ruled by the Pope, supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. Although compact, the Vatican offers much for tourists to see, from its museums and the great basilica itself.

Pantheon: it is the best-preserved monument from Roman antiquity and is remarkably in fantastic condition considering it was constructed around 2000 years ago, although its exact age is unknown. At the beginning of the 7th century, the building was donated to Pope Boniface IV, who transformed it into a church, in which function it currently finds itself in a perfect state of preservation.

Despite its wealth of cultural attractions, Rome is not only a cultural centre, but also a commercial, financial and education hub that has successfully retained its traditional culture and regional cuisine.

Regional Cuisine and Wine

Roman-style pizzaThe most famous dishes served in Rome’s restaurants are pasta Carbonara and Bucatini all'Amatriciana, both served with pancetta (Italian bacon) and Pecorino cheese. The most popular street foods are fried Artichokes (developed by the local Jewish community) and Supplì, which are crispy giant breaded croquettes filled with stringy mozzarella, pecorino, rice, and meat sauce. Special Roman-style Pizza is served on a thin and crispy crust. All those dishes can be enjoyed with locally produced wines or beers.

Lazio, home of the ancient capital Rome is a wine region located in the central part of the country. It is the 7th largest wine region in Italy. It has a long history of winemaking, dating back to when the Etruscans originally settled the territory. The most popular regional wines are Castelli Romani, Frascati and Est! Est!.

Aperitivo bar RomeNightlife

Rome at night offers a vast variety of activities. The places worth visiting are Campo de' Fiori with numerous aperitivo bars (drink and tapas-style snacks, usually the food is included in the price of a drink) and Trastevere, which is a quieter and charming area with hundreds of little trattorias, restaurants and bars.

 

Tourism Information Links:

http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

 

https://www.visitlazio.com/en/

 

Travel Information

By Air


ROME FIUMICINO ‘LEONARDO DA VINCI’ (30KM AWAY FROM THE CONFERENCE VENUE)

Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is the main airport serving Rome from a variety of international destinations. It’s possible to fly directly into Fiumicino Airport from most of Europe’s international airports as well as the East Coast of the USA, north of Africa, UAE, Japan, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea

The main airlines operating at this airport include Alitalia, KLM, Air France, Iberia, British Airways, Delta, American Airlines, Air China, Qatar, Ryanair and Easyjet are a few of the airlines currently operating in Fiumicino.

From Rome Fiumicino to the Conference Venue

Train: You can take the "Leonardo express" with Trenitalia that runs from the airport to the main rail station, Roma Termini, every 15 minutes non-stop. The journey takes 32 minutes and the fare should cost around € 15. From Roma Termini station, the Best Western Plus Hotel Universo is only 5 minutes walking from Roma Termini Central Railway Station. From Piazza Cinquecento, in front of the station, follow Via Massimo D’Azeglio and after 100 metres turn right into Via Principe Amedeo. The hotel is at number 5/b.

For further information about the train services available from the Airport please visit: http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/pax-fco-train

Bus: There are various bus services leaving from Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini station. The journey takes about 60 minutes and costs around € 7.

For further information about the bus services available from the Airport please visit: http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/pax-fco-bus

Taxi: Taxis are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately € 50, the price for authorized taxis are fixed and not on a meter. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.

Car Hire: national and international companies such as Avis, Europcar or Hertz are located outside the airport terminal easily reachable via the pedestrian tunnels which connect the terminal buildings to the Multilevel-Comfort Parking structure. Signs to the rental car area are located in the arrivals area. We recommend that you book your hire car in advance.

There are several ways to drive to the conference venue. The shortest trip is to proceed along the Fiumicino-Rome motorway, direction EUR, and continue along Via Cristoforo Colombo, direction CENTRO (Colosseo area).

 

ROME CIAMPINO AIRPORT (15Km away from Conference Venue)

Located southeast of Rome city centre, Rome Ciampino (CIA) is operated by low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air which offer direct flights to more than 60 European destinations.

From Rome Ciampino to the Conference Venue

Train: Ciampino Airlink combined train and bus service is available which connects the centre of Rome and Ciampino Airport. Located a few metres from the entrance of the airport, the bus connection, which leaves every 20 minutes from the square opposite the airport, takes passengers to the Ciampino Station, making an intermediate stop to continue the trip towards Termini. Tickets can be purchased at the airport or in advance at https://www.trenitalia.com/it.html

The Best Western Plus Hotel Universo is only 5 minutes walking from Roma Termini Central Railway Station. From Piazza Cinquecento, in front of the station, follow Via Massimo D’Azeglio and after 100 metres turn right into Via Principe Amedeo. The hotel is at number 5/b.

Bus: There are various bus services leaving from Ciampino Airport to Roma Termini station. The journey takes about 45 minutes and costs around €6. From Roma Termini station, the Best Western Plus Hotel Universo is only 5 minutes walking from Roma Termini Central Railway Station. From Piazza Cinquecento, in front of the station, follow Via Massimo D’Azeglio and after 100 metres turn right into Via Principe Amedeo. The hotel is at number 5/b.

Taxi: Taxis are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs around € 35. You should check the approximate price with the driver before starting the journey and check that the meter is running. The official taxis are white and identified by the illuminated Taxi sign on the roof. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.

Car Hire: National and international companies such as Avis, Europcar or Hertz are located outside the airport terminal. Signs to the rental car area are located in the arrivals area. We recommend that you book your hire car in advance.
There are several routes you can take to drive to the conference venue. The shortest trip is to proceed along Via Appia Nuova, direction CENTRO (Colosseo area).

 

By Rail


Rome has three major stations, Roma Termini, Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense, which are connected to metro stations near the conference venue. Roma Termini is the main terminus for long-distance trains from European countries and High-Speed services. This is also the closest train station to the conference venue. From Roma Termini station, the Best Western Plus Hotel Universo is only 5 minutes walking from Roma Termini Central Railway Station. From Piazza Cinquecento, in front of the station, follow Via Massimo D’Azeglio and after 100 metres turn right into Via Principe Amedeo. The hotel is at number 5/b.

You can search and book your journey online using the following link: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

 

By Road


It is easy to reach Rome from northern or southern Italy via the A1 motorway (Autostrada del Sole). Once you have arrived in Rome, follow directions to the city centre or Roma Termini station. The Best Western Plus Hotel Universo is only 5 minutes walking from Roma Termini Central Railway Station. From Piazza Cinquecento, in front of the station, follow Via Massimo D’Azeglio and after 100 metres turn right into Via Principe Amedeo. The hotel is at number 5/b.

Please notice that there are no parking facilities at the conference venue.

Venue Information

The hotel is only a 5-minute walk from Roma Termini Central Railway Station. This 4-star hotel has 197 rooms recently renovated, soundproofed, with air-conditioning system, fire prevention system, satellite TV, mini-bar and free Wi-Fi connection. The hotel also offers a varied array of services such as a fitness centre with a sauna, a Turkish bath and an area exclusively dedicated to your relaxation.

Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B
00185 – Rome
Italy

Accommodation Information

Room type / Room rate

Double room for single use €150

Double room €170

Quoted rates are per room per night with a hot buffet breakfast and 10% VAT. Accommodation Tax of €6 Euro per person per night is not included.

Please visit the Hotel website at the following link and select the "Special Rate for the Wessex Institute" option.

https://book.bestwestern.it/EN/

The hotel will take a Credit Card during reservation to confirm the booking. Payment will be done directly at the hotel at the check-in. Possible bank transfer expenses have to be covered by the payer. Payment may be made by credit card at the current exchange rate.

Delegates can cancel their booking up to 10 days prior to arrival. The amount of the total stay will be charged on the guest credit card in case of late cancellations or no-shows.

Please note: All delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and settling their own accounts.

 

COVID-19 Measures and Alternative Plans

We are looking forward to meeting our delegates face-to-face again after two years of online meetings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we are aware that there is still a degree of uncertainty with regards to attending in-person events in 2022 and for this reason, we want to assure you that we have carefully planned our events to be as safe as possible:

  • Venues: We have chosen trusted partners to host our events and we have made sure that social distancing can be introduced to conference rooms if required.
  • Cancellations: We have updated our cancellation policy, taking into consideration possible changes to the conferences due to the pandemic. Please view the cancellation policy in the registration section of this page.
  • Online Conference: We have mechanisms in place to allow a swift change to an online conference format should travel restrictions prevent the conference from taking place in-person as planned.

For the latest information on Coronavirus restrictions to enter Italy, please follow this link: 

COVID-19 and travelling to Italy (external website)

Please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Coordinator should you require any further information.

 

Please click here for information on WIT activities and updates on COVID-19

Here's what our delegates have to say...


"The experience in the conference was very good. Organising these kind of conferences takes a lot of effort. I am immensely pleased and acknowledge Ms Marta Graczyk for her immediate responses and help throughout the conference. "
Amit Passi, India (attended Air Pollution 2021)


"It was the first time that I, A. Silva, attended a conference, and the experience couldn't be better. Very well organised, structured, and interesting. It was a great opportunity to know what it has been done so far concerning air quality, and to understand what can be done in the future."
Ana Silva, Portugal (attended Air Pollution 2021)


"The online conference was perfectly organized."
André Buchau, Germany (attended BEM/MRM 44 2021)


"In July 2000, I attended the Urban Transport Conference which was held in Cambridge UK. It was the first international conference in which I presented one of my research works. After that, I regularly attended the annual Urban Transport Conference [...] until Pisa 2011, where I had the honor of receiving the WIT Eminent Scientist Medal [...] Finally, after over twenty-one years I am still happy and proud to publish and collaborate with the Wessex Institute."
Antonio Pratelli, Italy (attended Urban and Maritime Transport 2021)


"This is my first experience in a conference of this type at the international level. I loved the openness and the welcome, they give you confidence to keep moving forward. We are going to continue participating, I congratulate you."
Bethy Merchan, Ecuador (attended Water and Society 2021)


"The review of this conference was fast and very formative and organized. The topics were different and there was a well-organized program and presentation. I would like to share in the up-coming conference. "
Deena El-Mahdy, Egypt (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


"Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) and its' staff are very professional and mindful toward participants and their needs before, during and after conferences. It is a great pleasure when working with with WIT."
Deena Govender, South Africa (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"Very good space to share experiences."
Jhon Chahua, Peru (attended Disaster Management 2021)


"These conferences are a good opportunity to get to know and to share research, as well as to meet other researchers in the field."
Jone Belausteguigoitia, Spain (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"Organization is perfect, namely the assistance of Marta Graczyk."
Jorge Ribeiro, Portugal (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"My experience at the SAFE conference was, as on previous occasions, excellent: you have the opportunity to present your work with the appropriate level of detail and in front of an interested, competent and international audience."
Marco Bietresato, Italy (attended SAFE 2021)


"I was more than happy to attend the Materials Characterization 2021. I was benefitted by the entire experience of it, starting from writing the paper and finally attending it online. I learnt a lot from other delegates. The Chief Academic Officer of WIT, Prof. Santiago, was very friendly and welcoming. The conference coordinator, Ms. Marta was highly cooperative and prompt in resolving any queries and overall conduct of the conference."
Pushpa Jha, India (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


"Overall, very good. [The Conference Coordinator] did a marvelous job with helping me when needed. "
Tor Stålhane, Norway (attended SAFE 2021)


"It was a precious and unforgettable academic journey for me. The organizers of the conference are enthusiastic and thoughtful, and the scholars are talented. This conference brought me inspiration and thinking that I could not get by publishing articles in journals alone."
Zhongliang Chen, China (attended AFM/MPF 2021)