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IE Center for Sustainable Cities assists RENAZCA in a unique place-making project for a key area of Madrid

by IE School of Architecture & Design

RENAZCA, formed by companies that own buildings in the superblock area of Madrid known as AZCA, has selected a design team to lead the transformation and reactivation of this central, but deteriorated, part of the city.

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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.

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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.

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Monthly Editorial Pick

Maybe it's Time... by Camilo Restrepo

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.

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‘Living Architecture’ Key to Post-Pandemic Cities

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.

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This is how coronavirus could reshape our cities forever

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.

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The Post-Pandemic Urban Future Is Already Here

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.

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8 Ways COVID-19 Will Change Architecture

by Nathan Bahadursingh

The way we design, build and inhabit cities may never be the same.

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Crisis – a great opportunity for a sweeping review of cities

“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.

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Ideas for Designing – Cities of the Future

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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Upcoming Events

19 may 2021

NextGen On The Spot: Connecting People, Buildings and Cities

Building on the success of our previous NextGen Events, we would love to invite you to the next one on the series, led by Tom Redmayne, North America Managing Director at Wiredscore.

18:00, Online, English

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Michael Green, Evolution, revolution, 14.11.19

Carlo Ratti, Senseable cities, 26.09.19

Iben Falconer, Innovation in urban strategy, 25.09.19

Carlo Ratti, The green & the grey, 24.04.19

Winy Maas’, What’s next for architecture and urbanism?, 28.02.19

Paul Priestman, design and the future of cities, 11.02.19

Charrisse Johnston, Work play heal learn… or just life?, 9.01.19

Špela Videčnik, Inspiring limitations, 14.11.18

Christophe Guberan, Product design as experimentation, 6.11.18

S. H. Stangelan, How can we practice architecture with an ecological awareness?



Anne Stenros, Power of design: towards people-centered urbanism, 5.18

Giulia Calabretta, The design profession in 5 years: my ‘strategic’ bet,  16.04.18

Naoto Fukasawa, Micro considerations: values and hints that lead to design, 16.02.18

Tatjana Schneider, Towards strategic urban interventions,  13.02.18

Francine Houben, Recent works, 12.02.18

Farshid Moussavi, Impact of technology on architecture, 19.01.18

Brad Lynch, How architecture and real estate can join forces to create better cities, 3.11.18

Satoru Matsuzaki, The philosophy and business model of MUJI, 2.11.18

Richard Rogers and Deyan Sudjic, Hay Festival 2017, 22-23-09.17

Joan Clos, Urbanization in the 21st Century: the importance of sustainable development for the future,  30.01.17



J. MyersonF. PradereDr. P. GamizRelationship between economic growth, environment, and the wellbeing of city dwellers,  29.06.17

Anna Heringer, Architecture is a tool to improve lives, 30.01.17

Matthias Shuler and Anja Thierfelder, Lightscapes30.11.16

Angela Brady, Housing ourselves in a changing world, 9.11.16

Belinda Tato, From ego design to eco design, 4.11.16