Sustainable Urbanism

KTH Vetenskap Och Konst

This theme reflects the complex and converging issues of climate change, urbanization, globalization, infrastructure development and resource depletion. We analyze and work with these transformations that pertain to the way we plan, design, build, maintain, govern, and use our cities. The radical transformation of how cities work implies, for most urbanists, a radical change in the way they plan and design. Our inquiries around this theme hope to clarify new approaches to urban and landscape transformations, involving elements such as retrofitting, retail planning, culture and heritage issues, new ecologies, as well as new forms of infrastructure and transportation in the system of our cities.

We analyze and discuss the paths to sustainable and resilient cities, more energy efficient neighborhoods and districts and sustainable, green and landscape urbanism trends that will help shape and organize the city, thus enhancing and securing the urban futures in uncertain times ahead. The investigation is geared towards finding a more comprehensive understanding of urbanism at the regional scale which would then in turn provide a better platform to address climate change and climate stabilizing efforts, future development towards a dynamic, healthy, and low-carbon society. CHAIR of Theme: Dr. Ulf Ranhagen, Adjunct Professor, Chief Architect at SWECO

Image: The Marriage of Landscape and Urbanism Green. Image used by permission April, 2010 Used from the Concepts Landscape Architects (GCLA), Green Concepts Landsape Architects.