iiSBE Meetings in Paris, 19 and 20 November

On the 19th and 20th of November, iiSBE will hold a two day meeting in Paris that will include a small number of invited papers plus discussions of relevance to SB conference organizers and the international co-sponsors on Day 1, with more focused iiSBE meetings and the annual general meeting on Day 2.
The location is 15 QUAI ANATOLE FRANCE, Metro stops Musee d'orsay or Solferino, in Paris (near the Musée d'Orsay).
Times shown are approximate. Coffee breaks will be provided. A cash donation of 20 Euro will be requested at the door to cover part of the meeting costs.
For further information, contact Nils Larsson at larsson@iisbe.org.

August update: newsletter and workgroups

Attached below you'll find the July newsletter that was distributed to iiSBE members, including several updates on the Working Groups' activities.
These updates have also been incorporated in the Working Groups section, which now also includes a full paper to present the Synergy Zones model.

April update: newsletter and upcoming events

Attached below you'll find the March newsletter that was distributed to iiSBE members, plus an useful outlook at several events of interest that will take place in the upcoming months.

Additionally, after about two months since the release of SBTool 2012, we look forward to hearing your thoughts - please let us know if you encountered any issues via the feedback form.

SB13 Oulu Conference - Call for papers

SB13 Oulu - Sustainable procurement in urban regeneration and renovation Northern Europe and North-West Russia conference will be organized
on May 21-25, 2013 in Oulu, Finland.

Conference website www.sb13.fi is now open and call for papers leaflet has been published. Abstract submission is now possible through the website and deadline for submissions is August 31 2012.

The main theme "Sustainable procurement in urban regeneration and renovation" is dived in to a seven sub themes:
• Governance
• Business models
• Sustainable solutions and urban regeneration
• Sustainable policy and responsibility
• Sustainable management methods and tools
• Sustainability of building materials
• Case studies

Please visit www.sb13.fi for more information.

Cities and Forms, by Serge Salat

We are happy to be able to bring you an offer for a major and very interesting new book on aspects of urban sustainability: Cities and forms - On sustainable urbanism. The principal author for this very content-rich volume of 543 pages is Serge Salat, head of the CSTB Urban Morphology Lab in Paris and also Chair of iiSBE's urban working group.
The book has a somewhat unusual history: it was written and produced as part of a large China-France cooperation project, and the work has therefore benefited from major financial support. This circumstance has allowed a very reasonable price despite high production values. For iiSBE members, the price is further reduced to 65 € (about $90 USD), including shipping of the 2.6 kg. volume.

We will be soon bringing you a full review of the book, but in the meantime here are some brief notes.

One strong element is the very interesting comparative morphological studies of major cities in several continents, all carried out on a 400 x 400 m or 800 x 800 m grid, leading to discussions on efficiency, densities, circulation and connectivity... also, a very satisfying attack on Le Corbusier. Other sections deal with underlying mathematical structures, climate change resiliency and urban assessment.
This is not just a pretty coffee-table book; it is massively content-rich and should be a priority purchase for anyone doing urban research.

There are two links to the publisher's website: one for the general public, and one for iiSBE members.

If you need to update your iiSBE membership, you will find forms right here on the website.