Center for Sustainable Cities

 

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.

 

New Spaces for New Life Habits

with Martha Thorne and Paul Priestman

Our habits have evolved, generating new needs in relation to the environments where we live our lives.

Read more MAY 30, 2019

Are the Tech Giants Taking Over As Our City Leaders?

by Cristina Mateo

Our cities are increasingly being used as laboratories for countless innovations.

Read more DECEMBER 6, 2018

New Technologies for New Cities

with Carlo Ratti and Jerónimo Van Schendel

Digital technologies are playing an increasingly important role in architecture and design, as can be seen in many areas of creation.

BY 2050, THE WORLD WILL HAVE 9.7 BILLION INHABITANTS OF WHOM 70% WILL LIVE IN URBAN AREAS, HUMANS NEED TO BE AT THE HEART OF EVERY STRATEGY, CITIES NEED TO ADAPT TO THE NEEDS OF HUMANS

Cem Kayatekin | IE School of Architecture and Design

Architecture Has Limits to Achieve Urban Equity. What Should We Do?

by Cem Kayatekin

Accessibility and mobility. When perceived through the architectural lens, these terms often evoke a range capped by two extremes.

Read more September 26, 2019
Martha Thorne - Cities of the Future: Challenges of Architecture and Design | IE

CITIES OF THE FUTURE: CHALLENGES OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

by Martha Thorne

Growth pressure is having an impact on the functioning of cities, on their governance, and on quality of life.

Read more June 2, 2017
Carmen Panadero - More Human Cities | IE School of Architecture and Design

MORE HUMAN CITIES

by Carmen Panadero

With cities growing at a relentless and ever-increasing pace, urban development models are more important than ever.

Read more June 28, 2019
Cem Kayatekin - How to Achieve a Resilient City? First, Let It Shape Itself | IE

How to Achieve a Resilient City? First, Let It Shape Itself

by Cem Kayatekin

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.

Read more July 9, 2019
Cristina Mateo - Towards

Towards "Happy Airports"

by Cristina Mateo

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.

Read more April 17, 2019
Martha Thorne - There is so much to learn from India | IE

There is so much to learn from India

by Martha Thorne

The Challenge for countries like India and Japan, with ancient living traditions, has been the confrontation with modernization and technology.

Read more March 15, 2019

URBAN VOICES

What innovation inspires you to contribute to a better life in cities in the future?

Students sustainable projects

Multifaceted assignments that demonstrate student´s acquired learnings throughout their studies, and their knowledge for tackling complex problems. Quality, coherence, feasibility, sustainability, and innovative aspects of the project are evaluated.