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Cities are the main living place of mankind today. The notion of city however, goes beyond a large and permanent human settlement. Cities are lively organisms in which “Urbanity”; i.e. a complex phenomenon which contains social, economic, political, cultural, historical, and environmental layers, are formed. As one of the birthplaces of civilization, Iran has historically been a cradle for the foundation and development of important cities. In terms of demographics and population distribution, Iran is a highly “urban” country. As of 2017, about sixty million people live in cities in Iran; which constitute 74% of its population. This figure stands at about 20% higher than the average global urban population. Along with rapid pace of urbanization in Iran in the past few decades, the quality of urban life and urban identity have become critical issues for Iranian city leaders, researchers, scholars, and the general public. The first Iran City Forum which shall be held in January 2019 shall intend to shed light upon important urban issues, criteria, and factors in Iranian Cities. The conference shall tackle these issues through critical thinking, thorough analysis, and an entrepreneurial approach.

“Urban Partnerships” is the theme of this conference. This theme has been chosen based on our belief that cities are the greatest collective achievement of mankind; and that any “collective achievement” inevitably necessitates “partnerships”. Cities can only thrive when people, authorities, decision-makers, decision-takers, businesses, and academicians would be able to meet, discuss, share ideas, innovate, form partnerships, and take action.

Specialized Panels

Panel I

Urban Economy

Urban economy is an important and comprehensive issue that constitutes various criteria such as productivity, employment, investment, trade (including e-trade), patterns of consumption, and urban tourism. Red More...
Panel II

Urban Transport

Transport of peoples and goods is a key factor in economic growth of cities. In developing countries, cities devote more than 20% of their annual expenditure on the development and upgrading of their transport systems. Red More...
Panel III

Urban Housing

Due to the rapid increase of urbanization in the past decades, adequate housing has become a major challenge for cities in the world. Housing in Iran has also become a major challenge and crisis. Red More...
Panel IV

Urban Health and Environment

Environmental crisis is one of the major challenges of our age; a crisis that indeed threatens the entire human civilization. Air pollution has now unfortunately become a routine phenomenon in many cities in world; both in the developing and the developed world. Red More...
Panel V

Urban Technologies

Smart cities are rapidly developing and increasing in the world. The latest developments in the articulation of the concept of the smart city defines it as a reciprocal process between technologies and peoples. Red More...
Panel VI

Urban Spaces and Infrastructures

City is a matter of everyday life which has taken a physical form. Therefore, whatever concerns the daily lives of people is an integral part of the city and within the scope of work of urban managers and city leaders. Red More...
Panel VII

Urban Management

Although the history of making and managing cities dates back to hundreds of years ago, and into the beginning of human civilization, yet ‘urbanism’ as a distinct discipline that studies, analyzes, and reacts upon the interaction and relationship between inhabitants of cities with their built environment is a relatively new discipline that emerged in the 20th century, and which has been constantly evolving and expanding ever since; growing in scope and impact. Red More...


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