Theme: Responsive Built Environments

Issues, strategies and policies in the developing world

Sub- Themes:

The sub-themes include but are not limited to the following:

Responsive theories, approaches and ideas

  • Social inclusion and equity: Gender, Youth and Senior Citizens
  • Indigenous and Participatory approaches
  • Information and monitoring
  • Risk and safety
  • Poverty reduction
  • Research and education

Responsive Architecture and Planning

  • Designing and planning buildings, towns and cities
  • Green buildings and Eco-design
  • Interiors and Landscapes
  • Briefing and design management

Responsive Housing

  • Housing policies, strategies and development
  • Land and Housing  tenure
  • The House-building industry
  • Sustainable housing

Responsive Art and Aesthetics in the Built Environment

  • The Aesthetics of the Built Environment
  • Cultural artifacts and heritage
  • Art, Artists, urban culture and social development

Responsive Construction industries

  • Professionalism in the construction industry
  • Construction Design & Technology
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Construction materials and technologies
  • Construction process management
  • Construction cost and value management

Responsive Governance for Cities, Towns and Rural Areas

  • Planning and Managing developments
  • Institutions and organizations of the Built Environment
  • Legal and ethical issues

Responsive Infrastructure for the Built Environment

  • Transportation and Communications
  • Wastes and pollution
  • Water supply  and energy
  • Land issues

Responsive Economies for Cities, Towns and Rural Areas

  • Property  finance markets
  • Financing urban infrastructure
  • Real Estate valuation and investments
  • Informal sectors and urban development

Responsive Environments


  • Environmental issues
  • Climate change impact, resilience and vulnerability
  • Disaster management
  • Sustainability in the built environment