The City of Seoul is delighted to be hosting the 21st International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities in partnership with Walk21 in 2020.

Seoul capital city was built more than 600 years ago during the Joseon dynasty. Its surrounding wall and four component gates were designed to look after its inhabitants and underpin the city values of wisdom, generosity, consideration and justice. A network of pathways and bridges were originally created to connect the city on foot to facilitate a virtuous life. 

 

Today, it is a global city also connected by technology, and still promotes its original values to ensure a high quality of life for its 10 million citizens. The Mayor often describes his vision for its future as facilitating ‘a city of dreams’. Those dreams fundamentally include creating places where people walk in a clean, friendly and safe environment to make them happy.

 

By 2030 it is hoped that by delivering the city of dreams car trips and commuter travel time will be cut by a third, green space increased by 30%, and sustainable modes are the first choice for 80% of trips.

 

Seoul provides a practical model relevant to any city that also wants to be cleaner, safer and more sustainable in the future by walking today for a better tomorrow.

Walk21 Seoul 2020 – Call for Contributions Launched.

 

THEMES

Walk21’s 21st anniversary conference will share how investment in better walking is delivering on national and city priorities; the role of urban regeneration and design to encourage and support walking; and discuss the walkable city of the future in three themes with ten sub-theme topic areas.

Theme 1:  The Impact of Walking on national and city priorities

We especially welcome proposals which present on the following topics:

  1. The Economic Impact of a Walkable City - Examples of walking supporting the economy and opportunities to impact better city resilience, urban competitiveness and growth.

  2. The Social Impact of a Walkable City - Examples of walking supporting society and opportunities to impact better health, well-being and road safety.

  3. The Environmental Impact of a Walkable City - Examples of walking supporting the environment and the opportunities to impact better climate, air quality and city sustainability.

Theme 2: Urban regeneration and Designing Walkable cities 

We especially welcome proposals which present on the following topics:

  1. Connecting the vision and outcomes of a walking policy - Examples of policies that have delivered more walking and better walking conditions.

  2. Citizen participation in the effective Walkable City - Examples of projects that have engaged citizens for better walking outcomes.

  3. Designing spaces and places for people on foot - Examples of walking infrastructure design that has improved comfort and safety to support and encourage everyday walking.

  4. Integrating walking with public transport in the mobility system - Examples of interventions to integrate walking with other modes, especially public transport but also the bicycle.

  5. Promoting a walking network - Examples of walking campaigns that have helped give priority to walking and deliver city wide walking choices. 

Theme 3: The Walkable City of the future 

We especially welcome proposals which present on the following topics:

  1. The Making of a Walkable City - Examples of walkable cities and what a walkable city of the future will look like.

  2. How technology can support walking- Examples of innovation supporting walking and the opportunities for new technology in the city of the future.

 

GUIDELINES

Important deadlines

The call for contributions to Walk 21 is open from 1 December 2019. The submission system will be online shortly. 

 

The call closes on 21 February 2020. Proposals submitted after this date will no longer be included in the assessment.

 

Notification of acceptance and non-acceptance of contributions: April 2020.

 

Confirmation of participation: May 2020. After selection contributors will be informed about the format, time, manner of presentation and embedding in the program of Walk21Seoul .

 

Walk21 Seoul takes place from 23 to 25 September 2020 in the City of Seoul. If your contribution is accepted, there will be a discount on your entrance to the conference.

Assessment and conditions

Submissions will be assessed by a committee of international experts on the basis of substantive quality; focus on the discipline; and the degree in which the proposal links to the themes of Walk21 Seoul.

Contributions must meet the following conditions:

  • Matching one or more of the themes of Walk21 2020: 

    • Theme 1:  The Impact of Walking on national and city priorities

    • Theme 2: Urban regeneration and Designing Walkable cities 

    • Theme 3: The Walkable City of the future 

  • In the case of a research or project, the assertions and conclusions must be substantiated and verifiable with links to online resources (if completed already). 

  • Have news value: be innovative and stimulating.

  • Be written in clear and concise English.

  • Contain no more than 500 words.

Please note that if proposing several abstracts, it is essential that each proposal be submitted individually.  By submitting a proposal, authorisation is given to the City of Seoul and Walk21 Foundation to publish and promote any information provided online and in conference materials.

Conference

 

Seoul 2020

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