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Creating Climate Smart Cities : An integrated planning solution to climate change – Kwi-Gon Kim, International Urban Training Center

By on September 26, 2016
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Kwi-Gon Kim


Main affiliation
International Urban Training Center


South Korea



Kwi-Gon Kim is the President of the International Urban Training Center(IUTC) in partnership with UN-Habitat based in Korea. The current focus of his work is to build capacity of participants of cities and to serve as a platform to achieve climate smart cities that are carbon free and more resilient climate cities. IUTC has trained more than 1,500 participants from Asia, Africa, and Middle East countries since it’s inception 2007. As President of Smart Korea Eco-city Network, he has promoted development of urban planning and environment tools to persue sinergies in climate economy, urban eco system management, local economic activation, and a healthy living environment. Before joining IUTC he taught urban environmental planning at Seoul National University from 1978 to 2010. He also was Secretary Genenral of the Urban Environment Accords and has been selected as the first interviewee for the Urban Innovations, World Bank, DC.USA in 2014. He authored several publications on a wide range of sustainable planning, and carbon financing including climate changes and the cities(Co-author, Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Urban Ecology(Co-author, Springer, 1998. He is now writing a book entitled “Smart City:Climate resilient and low-carbon city” under the contract with Spinger Germany.

English Proficiency

Previous experience of recording video lectures

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Frequency of lectures
Very often

Recording opportunities
Habitat III attendance and availability
Oct. 20, 2016


Main themes
Sustainable Cities
Planning and Design
Climate Change
Capacity Development

Creating Climate Smart Cities : An integrated planning solution to climate change

“Creating Climate Smart Cities” aims to deliver international communities and the business sectors a message on smart climate urbanism and the climate diplomacy, based on literature and cases review on smart connected-tech business for planning and scientific imagination, technological advancement to avoid climate impact at the city scale.

Issues which the lecture addresses
The lecture is based on the realization that the conventional urban planning fails to meet requirement and demand for the safe, comfortable, and sustainable globe. Planning a city has never been a complex as it is nowadays, it shows nexus for energy, climate change, food, water, and waste etc.. We therefore need ceaseless planning innovation. Comprehensive carbon-centered(3Cs)planning should be the main stream of planning to combat climate change. It’s the time to connect urban planning with challengies of global climate change and ICT and other smart technics for sustainable innovation in urban planning.

Short analysis of the above issues
It can be argued that the climate crisis facing us in the 21 century is a result of 19’s century industrialization, urbanization, and land use planning. There are a variety of approaches to eco-development and smart city since global environmental issues have emerged in 1980s. Historical review on such eco-development and smart city movements reveal:1) The old urban environment planning paradigm must be retooled to account for substantial complex eco-system change.2)The current smart city movement is rather piecemeal, fragmented, and seperated from city climate initiative which is one of strategic areas of the agreed New Urban Agenda, HABITATⅢ.

Propositions for addressing the issue
The lecture first briefly describes background of emergence of smart climate urbanism. It then explains principles of the smart climate urbanism. It then move on to the overall frame work for climate smart city planning and development in terms of key components and their connectivity. It then explains planning framework, climate change framework, smart technology framework, and infrastructure framework respectively. The lecture ends with business model which includes partnership platform, carbon financing, and market opportunities. Propositions for addressing the issues can be summerized below: Proposition 1.: The framework for climate city planning and development must differ from conventional planning in terms of planning indicators and their connectivity etc.. Proposition 2.:City climate planning should be main stream into urban planning policy. Proposition 3.: ICT and innovation tech can be used for climate change action planning products. Proposition 4.:Value chain governance must be improved with emerging technologies and digital business transformation. PROPOSITION 5. : Climate smart city big data(Smart Cloud)can be developed with key ICT and innovation tech. Proposition 6.:Public-private partnerships(P3s) is cost effective business model. It is recommended that a “Global Platform on Climate Smart City Project” be established to serve as an international focal point based on P3s.

Additional Reading Materials
Climate initiatives/programs and projects
– A series of “Climate Action Newsletter”
Integration of climate change mitigation and adaptation into urban planning
– Soleki, W., et al.,A conceptual framework for on urban areas: Typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation. Urban Climate (2015)
Climate Governance
-Smart Citizen : Open source technology for citizens political participation in smarter cities.
Guide for smart cities
– British Standard Institute, PD 8101 2014, Smart Cities
– Guide to role of the planning and development process
Green growth
– Kwi-Gon Kim, Coping with Environmental Energy and Economic Crisis(Co-author, the Korea Herald, 2009)