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Moderator: Ms. Agnes Charlotte Bickart
Metropolis Senior Manager for Institutional relations & Asia portfolio


- Born in 1984
- Master's degree in regional economics from Wuhan University (2008)
- Master's degree in community planning from Auburn University in the United States (2019)
- Deputy Director of Development and Reform Commission of Qinhuai District, Nanjing


- Born in Hoyerswerda (Germany) in 1957
- Degree in physics from Technical University of Dresden in 1983
- Employments in microelectronics and medical engineering until 1990
- Co-operation with Green League (NGO) in 1990
- Environmental Office of Dresden since 1991



- Born in 1984
-  Master's degree in urban & regional planning from University of Tehran (2006)
- Ph.D. degree in Islamic Urbanism from the Arts University of Tabriz (2019)
- Head of the Urban Regeneration Dept. of Shiraz Municipality


Sustainable Urban Regeneration

With rapid urbanization expected to continue at an even faster pace during the coming years, cities will face more severe social, economic, and environmental pressures, which will in turn exert far-reaching influences on the quality of life of our communities. Thus, the challenges associated with the rise in urban slums and informal settlements - due to accelerated rural to urban migration, poverty, high unemployment, economic stagnation, poor planning and etc.  – are anticipated to intensify. It has been for decades that cities have been formulating 'urban regeneration' policies to address issues of decline and urban decay and deal with underutilized and distressed urban areas, thereby trying to improve the physical, economic and environmental state of the cities and making them more livable.
However, as a very complex and multi-stakeholder process, it is not unlikely for an urban regeneration project to end in total or partial failure. Urban regeneration projects could promote inclusion and resource efficiency, provide safe and affordable housing, alleviate environmental problems, help make human settlements safer and contribute to other targets enumerated under the sustainable development goal 11. The alignment of urban regeneration policies and projects with the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda can ensure their success. SDGs and their relevant indicators can also play a significant role by providing a practical assessment tool.
In order to ensure the sustainability of regeneration efforts from the scoping phase to implementation, make an optimum utilization of the major assets available to the cities, and promote and incentivize participation of the public and the private sector, careful consideration should be given to the intricate interplay of a myriad of socio-cultural factors and economy of spaces as well as to the physical and infrastructural ones.

  • Welcome by Mr. Javad Bahadori, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning and Architecture. Shiraz, Iran (a 3-min Video Message)
  • Introduction by Octavi de la Varga, Metropolis Secretary General (5 min.)
  • Culture-led Urban Regeneration in the Historical District of Shiraz by Nastaran Najdaghi, Head of Urban Regeneration Bureau. Shiraz, Iran (20min.)
  • Construction of an Inner-City Greenway Covering Multiple Functions by Wolfgang Socher, Head of Environmental Office. Dresden, Germany (20min.)
  • Regeneration of Urban Historical Neighborhoods from Creative Cultural Aspects The Case of Old Mendong Area: by Ling Zhang, deputy director of the development and Reform Commission of Qinhuai District. Nanjing, China (20min.)
  • Questions & Answers (20 min.)
  • Conclusion and Closing (5 min.) 

Webinar details:
  • Platform: ZOOM
  • Language: English
  • Access: Open to Metropolis member-cities & Interested professionals



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        Shiraz, Fars, Iran

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