EDRA 54 Mexico City will be an ideal space for researchers and practitioners to discuss and illustrate how environmental design may address current global challenges to recognize, identify, and/or describe:

The impact of climate change and its effects on well-being.
The emotional impact of the lack of control, predictability, and uncertainty that can occur when inhabitants cope with environmental change.
The psychological risk of possible disasters.
The reutilization of interior spaces in the face of emerging needs (i.e. to design new forms and functions for housing spaces).
The limits of global strategies.

We are interested in investigating possibilities and alternatives for action to effectively promote:

Physical and mental health
The generation of spaces that address lifespan needs.
Individual, community, and stakeholder commitment.
Affordable design for minority and vulnerable groups.
Poverty, hunger, and thirst reduction.
Social and resource distribution equity.
Healthy spaces for housing, work, and social interaction.
Urban mobility.
Rethinking local practices.

Tackling such problems implies being explicit about the design, research, and/or intervention actions in the natural and built environment, inviting us to think about and answer some questions: How can we provide more benefits from nature to make societies healthier and increase well-being? How can we get people and communities to act to be more proactive in the face of climate change? What are the external enablers and barriers in different contexts to improve living conditions? How is it possible to empower communities to develop solutions that respond to global challenges in locally adapted ways?

Additionally, EDRA54 will be in a Latin American country and will offer an opportunity for those who attend to get to know other realities, characteristics, situations, limitations, and achievements in the development of better places for all.

EDRA54 will take place in Mexico City at the UNAM’s main campus, known as Ciudad Universitaria (University City). In July 2007, the Central Library and the University City’s Central Campus was proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We look forward to showcasing how heritage landscapes can be a part of the future of cities and society during the conference.

Questions about EDRA54 MEXICO CITY? The conference committee can assist you. Just email conference@edra.org.