Cities are becoming the predominant living and working environment of humanity, and for this reason, livability or quality of life in the city has become crucial.
This urban planning course will focus on four areas that directly affect livability in a city: Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility. The course begins by presenting measurable criteria for the assessment of livability, and how to positively influence the design of cities towards greater livability. We will focus on this basic topic of the human habitat in a holistic way, and introduce possibilities of participatory urban design by citizens, leading towards the development of a citizen design science.
You will be able to share your experiences with the other participants in the course and also with the experts from the teaching team. In completing this course, you will better understand how to make a city more livable by going beyond the physical appearance and by focusing on different properties and impact factors of the urban system.
Livability in Future Cities is the second course in a series of MOOCs under the title “Future Cities.” This series aims to bring the latest research on planning, managing and transforming cities to places where this knowledge has the highest benefit for its citizens. “Future Cities” provided an overview, and this course will focus on livability in existing and new cities.
- Explore the city as the most complex human-made “organism” with a metabolism that can be modeled in terms of stocks and flows
- Explore the origins, state-of-the-art and applications of Information Architecture and simulation
- Provide the basis to understand, shape, plan, design, build, manage and continually adapt a city
- Learn about data-driven approaches for the development of the future city, based on crowdsourcing and sensing
- Learn about the latest research for the development and management of future cities
Stephen Cairns completed his undergraduate degree in anthropology and classical studies at the University of Otago. He trained in architecture at the University of Auckland, and practiced as an architect in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, designing the competition-winning entry for the Headquarters for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea. He subsequently undertook doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne writing a thesis on the colonial architecture in Java, with an emphasis on aesthetics and the politics of representation.
On completion of his PhD he was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Melbourne. He took up a Senior Lectureship at the University of Edinburgh, and was appointed Professor of Architecture and Urbanism there in 2009. He served as Head of Department of Architecture, and Director of the newly founded Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is currently based in Singapore where he is Scientific Director of the Future Cities Laboratory.
Since June 2008, Jan Carmeliet is full professor at the Chair of Building Physics at ETH Zürich and head of the Laboratory of Multiscale studies in Building Physics of EMPA, Dübendorf (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), Switzerland. Jan Carmeliet, graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in Engineering Architecture and earned his PhD in Civil Engineering at K.U.Leuven in 1992. He has been Assistant (1998), Associate (2001) and Full professor (2004) at K.U.Leuven and part-time Professor at T.U.Eindhoven (2001-2008). He was in 2007 on sabbatical leave at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and at Los Alamos Governmental Laboratories. His research resulted until now in 191 scientific journal papers. His research interests concern multiscale behaviour of porous and granular materials, heat-air-moisture flow in the urban environment and energy systems at building and urban scale. Research is based on advanced computational modelling (atomistic, discrete element, lattice Boltzmann, CFD, FEM) and advanced experimental techniques (X-ray and Neutron Tomography,…) and time-resolved imaging in wind and water tunnels (PIV, …).
He is member of the research commission of ETH Zürich, of the Board of Energy Science Centre ETH Zürich, of the scientific commission of the CCEM (Centre of Competence Energy and Mobility), expert of the Commission of Technology and Innovation Switzerland (CTI/engineering), graduate program director ‘master integrated building systems’ at ETHZ and Coordinator of the SCCER-efficiency (Swiss Centre of Competence of Energy Research).