Sustainable Urban Planet
Sustainability remains a key concern of our time. The limited energy resources, greenhouse effects, rising sea levels, flooding caused by melting glaciers and the bareness caused by shifting climate zones are subjects of many international debates between politicians, scientists and professionals. Vast opportunity exists to improve the ecological conditions of cities by planning and designing the type and specificity of interventions. However, what is less recognized is how to combat social contradictions within the city and its extensive regions, especially regions caught between what is deemed as ‘rural’ and what is ‘urban’. For example, a key question remains the development of new and attractive housing types and whilst how to generate appropriate spatial conditions for social integration. For all these demands, it is crucial to cross the borders of disciplinary limitations and expert knowledge. To enable disciplinary collaboration, IFOU CONSULTANCY acts as a mediator who invites experts, and their multiple angles of expertise, to unify various knowledge sets, actors and design positions into the material and actual projects for the sustainable urban planet.