Clusters: collaborative research in action
The NGCI provides a leading inter- and transdisciplinary environment for collaborative research, education, communication and community interaction.
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Built and Natural Environment (BAN)
The BAN research cluster is dedicated to the design, construction, and operation of zero-carbon infrastructure, cities, and communities. In addition to studying the natural environment, it also examines the biodiversity within the green spaces in and around cities as well as the contribution that those spaces make. Based on the concept of a city as a metabolic process, the cluster considers the city as a circular economy where resources are managed in the most effective way.
Mobile, Secure and Sharing cities (MSS)
The MSS research cluster examines how data, goods, people, and their movements can be managed in physical and natural environments. Moreover, it examines who is included and excluded from these systems as well as how these systems are perceived by the public. A particular aspect of MSS' analysis focuses on transportation flows, data flows, and energy flows in the city. This cluster focuses on creating a sustainable, accessible, inclusive, and resilient environment.
Design, Arts, Culture, Community (DAC)
DAC research cluster aims to create inclusive and sustainable urban environments through art, culture, and design. By leveraging the power of social innovation in knowledge and research, this cluster is dedicated to promoting justice and combating inequities. The collaborative process provides stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss and utilize city assets. Exploring the spatial and temporal dynamics of social change/transformation in urban contexts is of particular relevance to this cluster.