The CERC Next Generation Cities’ team of energy planners, designers, philosophers, biologists and building engineers are developing integrated strategies for efficient, de-carbonized, creative, accessible and green neighborhoods.
Can we achieve truly sustainable, accessible and inclusive urban spaces and transform cities currently defined by the consumption of energy and resources?
The CERC team is combining innovative technologies and nature based solutions with artistic expressions to build next-generation cities. This interdisciplinary framework is necessary to solve complex urban issues and requires community buy-in on many levels.
The collaborative work pivots on two central topics:
Improving the urban microclimate with nature based solutions to reduce CO₂ emissions
Harmonious living in zero energy, smart and vibrant neighbourhoods
We aim for a decarbonized city, achieved through:
increasing urban biodiversity and access to green space
evaluating temperature and air quality
addressing building efficiency
transforming the transport sector
involving decision-makers and citizens in modifications of urban infrastructure and design
considering socio-economic and cultural differences to make informed decisions
empowering communities to understand the contributions to climate change by making data accessible