Center for Sustainable Cities
Understanding that urbanization is increasing at a pace and scale never before experienced in the history of the our world, IE School of Architecture and Design has established the Center for Sustainable Cities. Urban areas more than any other arena are feeling the effects of climate change and these pose serious threats to quality of life, urban infrastructure, and other urban systems, in both developing and rich countries. The Center for Sustainable Cities embraces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and seeks to further their implementation through research, education and outreach.
The Center for Sustainable Cities highlights the commitment of our community to good and responsible city-making. It will do so focusing on climate change and the role of cities, in order to assess current and future risks, make choices and propose new ideas that enhance resilience. The Center will also provide a space (physical and virtual) where different agents involved in the process: government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the community, and academia can come together in the search for collaborative answers.
The world’s cities are growing fast: within 30 years, 70% of the global population will live in cities, a shift that is already having a huge impact on developing countries, where 95% of all urban growth is taking place. At the same time, climate change poses serious threats to urban infrastructure, quality of life, and other urban systems, in both developing and rich countries. Recognizing the seriousness of the current situation, the United Nations, has defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals that address the challenges that we face globally, with a specific focus on climate change and environmental protection.
These goals are interconnected and can help to create a roadmap for any educational institution. The Center for Sustainable Cities at IE School of Architecture and Design will use the city (both as “cities” in general and using specific examples) as we seek to address how to insure sustainable, livable cities for the future. As an educational institution we have a responsibility to train future leaders who will have to shape a more humane world and to create and disseminate knowledge.
A New Urban Configuration After the Current Health Crisis
by Carlo Ratti and Martha Thorne
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.
Towards More Efficient Buildings
by Fernando de Roda
There is a major source of hidden value in construction, related to energy and therefore not visible, which is being wasted: green equity.
Las ciudades post-Covid-19 que se rediseñan
by Cristina Mateo
¿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?
Monthly Editorial Pick
by Camilo Restrepo
Maybe this as a unique opportunity to place architecture as a discipline that cares for others, irrespective of the idea of growth
by Ingrid Woodrow
Lessons can be learned from the Covid-19 pandemic to design people-friendly buildings and cities that embrace the natural environment and make us more resilient to future pandemics.
by Sophie Davies
With city dwellers forced to stay home during lockdowns, some architects are rethinking urban infrastructure to promote a more local lifestyle and help people adapt to a post-pandemic world.
By Ian Klaus
The coronavirus crisis stands to dramatically reshape cities around the world. But the biggest revolutions in urban space may have begun before the pandemic.
by Nathan Bahadursingh
The way we design, build and inhabit cities may never be the same.
“No other generation of architects has had such an opportunity as the current generation.” Coming from architect Sérgio Magalhães, who chairs the UIA2021RIO Executive Committee, this statement is not exactly upbeat.Read More
By Martha Thorne
When Covid-19 pandemic took over the world like wild-fire, it made us realize that the world is even more connected then we could have imagined and that we are less prepared for an uncertain future than perhaps we thought we were.
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