The Center for Sustainable Cities forms interdisciplinary teams to develop applied research in specific areas of interest.
We have carried out White Papers for different companies such as Madrid Nuevo Norte, Renazca, Prologis, Engie… , about a broad variety of topics as urban logistics, sustainability habits of citizens, local producers or circular economy. These reports will be published in approximately 5-12 months.
The objective of the research is to analyze and evaluate the impact of logistics in cities, and to propose specific strategies, actions, and planning policies to achieve a positive impact in the urban environment while maintaining the efficiency and functionality of the logistics network.
On-going investigation to analyze the potential Local Producers for the Life Cycle of Madrid Nuevo Norte, for promoting and creating a network of local products, construction systems and services.
To evaluate the impact of the logistic network in the urban environment, we developed a tool that we have called the Last-Mile Logistic Impact Index (LM-LII). This tool provides a quantitative measurement of the impact of logistics, based on environmental, functional, socioeconomic, urban, and information factors. These factors are overlayed with the stakeholders, logistic facilities, delivery vehicles, and the urban fabric to evaluate the impacts.
To enhance the identity of Fuencarral neighborhood, we are developing a research about the most representative colors, textures and enclosures, and their evolution over time.
Designed by IE School of Architecture and Design’s Center for Sustainable Cities in collaboration with Prologis, the tool analyzes urban management challenges and proposes sustainable solutions.
Early in the morning, before dawn, a group of vans is waiting in a warehouse in the outskirts of Madrid. They are waiting to load their trunks with the packages for delivery that arrived at the warehouse the night before. Meanwhile, inside somebody is distributing the according to delivery areas for the drivers. Once the vans are filled with the goods to deliver, the race starts.
A study commissioned by ENGIE Spain and carried out by GAD3, in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Cities , shows that more than 90% of Spaniards say they are willing to change their habits in order to combat climate change. IE University's Center has prepared a White Paper interpreting this data.
Finance and equity within urban infrastructures—is this an irreparable tension or a constructive partnership? How do we refine our urban systems and models? How do we mobilize data in meaningful ways?
¿Qué medidas estamos viendo a este respecto en distintas ciudades, ahora que estamos planteando el regreso a una nueva normalidad? ¿Cómo varían las propuestas alrededor del planeta?
From a vertical forest rising in a busy metropolis to a power plant that doubles as a ski slope, Dean Martha Thorne selects some of the most influential buildings.
RENAZCA, formed by companies that own buildings in the superblock area of Madrid known as AZCA, has selected a design team to lead the transformation and reactivation of this central, but deteriorated, part of the city.
In this conversation, Carlo Ratti , Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, and Dean Martha Thorne, discuss how this new configuration is being generated as a result of the current health crisis.
Humans need to be at the heart of every strategy, cities need to adapt to the needs of humans.
The COVID-19 pandemic has suspended the social interaction that forms the essence of our cities. Now more than ever, we are looking towards the future of urban planning.
During the Hay Festival 2019 celebrated in our Segovia Campus, visiting speaker Raj Rewal spoke with Architectural Record about how using natural materials and sustainable design, has given his work a timeless appeal.
As urban models have evolved, the guiding objective has been to reduce the risk of disasters—such as fires, floods, earthquakes and epidemics—taking hold. These prevention strategies have been shaping our cities over the course of history.
The cities of the planet are diverse and distinct, occupy a scarce 3% of the earth’s surface, but consume between 60% and 80% of energy, in addition to emitting 75% of carbon emissions.
CO₂ concentration measured by the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, at 3 400 m altitude and in one of the cleanest, driest and most intact environments on the planet, reached a record level of 415.64 ppm on May 15.
Accessibility and mobility. When perceived through the architectural lens, these terms often evoke a range capped by two extremes.
The city is both the object and the jungle. Yet, when we speak of urban resilience, we often forget about the jungle, and focus on the object.
Airport terminals have long been viewed as indistinguishable and anonymous places of transit. But now, at the height of globalization, airport terminals are fighting to differentiate themselves and become veritable meeting points that offer an attractive value proposition to passengers.
The Challenge for countries like India and Japan, with ancient living traditions, has been the confrontation with modernization and technology.