Center for Sustainable Cities - Articles

Articles

The following are selected articles published by the community of experts and professionals from the Center for Sustainable Cities, IE school of Architecture and Design and IE University at large.  As the Center aims to tackle and address the key challenges around sustainable cites; the below articles address three areas of action and intertwined environments: the physical, the natural and the digital.

The Most Outstanding Sustainable Constructions of the Last Decade

by Martha Thorne

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.

Read more

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

A new city after the crisis

A new city after the crisis

By Cristina Mateo

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.

Read more
Hall of Nations | IE Architecture and Design

Raj Rewal and the importance of sustainability

By Raj Rewal

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.

Read more

Lessons learned from times of crisis

By Manuel Pérez Romero

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.

Read More
expansion

Those third spaces that people need

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.

Read more

December 08, 2019

The price we pay for inefficient buildings

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.

Read more

December 11, 2019

bdonline

We need to harness the green equity in our buildings

by Fernando de Roda

This urgently needed measure can help us combat climate change, writes Fernando de Roda

Read More

December 23, 2019

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