Cities are the natural habitat for human socialization, according to latest 50% urbanization ratio, but they are also take responsibility for territorial fragmentation, natural resources consumption and environmental pollution.
Contemporary polices in favour of sustainable urban development in a social, environmental and economic sense; are focused on improving transport networks of people, goods and energy efficiency; on optimal management of public services and finally, on ecological values conservation. The latest technologies have contributed to improve for instance, urban management in connection with water treatment, waste recycling, promoting public transport use or open spaces quality. The main aim of the subject “Architecture, environment and technology” is to introduce the students into topics that focus contemporary spatial planning discussion.
The course is organized in five thematic blocs: compact city & urban sprawl, Green infrastructure & ecological systems, Sustainable mobility – Transit oriented development, Urban metabolism – network urbanism, and finally, Smart cities – social cities. Each session proposes a critical vision, both theoretical and practical, to each one of these present topics.