The guiding vision of the Future Cities Laboratory is to shape sustainable
THROUGH SCIENCE | BY DESIGN | IN PLACE
To achieve sustainability, science is essential. Science provides the basis for understanding how cities develop and interact with the environment at different scales. Cities are composed of physical stocks, resource ows, social institutions and cultural catalysts whose interactions generate a quanti able ‘metabolism’. The scienti c focus of our research is to quantify such metabolisms, and understand how they might be best structured for the bene t of sustainable cities.
A sustainable city must also be liveable. To achieve liveability, design is essential. Design is a collaborative process that combines analytical techniques, imaginative strategies and transdisciplinary knowledge to generate new ideas and bring them to fruition. Design skills bring, often con icting, technical, economic, social and cultural demands (such as environmental sustainability, pro t, comfort, convenience, identity, security, satisfaction and desire) into innovative and harmonious relationships.
Science and design are effective only if they serve places and the lives that are lived in them. Places result from common processes (growth and decline; competition and co-operation; ebb and ow of capital, people, goods and ideas; climate change) and differentiating factors (geography, culture, language, history). Our research addresses diverse lived places, from compact cities with high-density populations to extended cities with a mosaic of urban and rural land-uses.