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 Inclusive City; the Sustainable City; and the Missing Urban Developer
by Cem Kayatekin
In June of this year, New Yorkers bore witness to a rather unfamiliar historic moment. In the persistent urban struggle between real estate lobbies and tenant protection organizations, surprisingly it was the latter who found their hands raised.
Three ways in which data visualization can make better cities
by Ruxandra Iancu Bratosin
Data is a controversial issue in the 21st century. Policies on data collection and use are slow and the value of the data continues to increase, which makes any initiative in the sector a big business.
LEARN IN TOLERANCE, THE CITY "PLATFORM"
by Cristina Mateo
Cities are not Amazon but those that work well are those in which the infrastructure and built environment favors interactions.
It is the paradigm of 'third spaces"
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.
by Cristina Mateo
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.
December 08, 2019
by Fernando de Roda
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.
December 11, 2019
by Fernando de Roda
This urgently needed measure can help us combat climate change, writes Fernando de Roda
December 23, 2019
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IE x 12 Resilient Cities: Miami
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: Bordeaux
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: New York
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: Vancouver
City Makers is a unique area of our website designed to create and strengthen cross-faculty student networks to ensure a bright future for our cities. This space is meant to serve as a source of inspiration, showcasing the work of both students and teaching staff in the fight against climate change.