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.
Are the Tech Giants Taking Over As Our City Leaders?
by Cristina Mateo
Our cities are increasingly being used as laboratories for countless innovations.
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
by Cem Kayatekin
Accessibility and mobility. When perceived through the architectural lens, these terms often evoke a range capped by two extremes.
by Martha Thorne
Growth pressure is having an impact on the functioning of cities, on their governance, and on quality of life.
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: Mumbai
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: Singapore
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: Chicago
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: Milan
IE x 12 Resilient Cities: London
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
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.
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.