This city aims to be carbon neutral by 2025. Only 29% of households own a car and buses are making the transition to electric. Each hotel has an environmental manager and a
quarter of all food sales are in organic produce. Copenhill, an incredibly efficient energy plant is also covered by a year-round artificial snow slope for skiing and snowboarding.
Zurich's smart initiatives focus on education, efficient public transport, waste reduction and the use of renewable energies. It is known as a cyclists' paradise; bikes are offered all over the city free of charge and the 20,000 km of cycle paths coordinate with other forms of public transportation. 70% of hotels are sustainably certified and 80% of electricity is from renewable sources.
WELLINGTON, NEW ZWLAND
Very low air pollution is a major factor here, as is Wellington's low population and major industries: horticulture, agriculture, fishing, and tourism. The city regularly funds startups that address social issues and promotes circular economic agendas that allow components to be reused, remanufactured, and replaced.
According to Uswitch, Canberra is the most sustainable city in the world due to its reliance on renewable energy and large amounts of green space. 87% of Canberra's transport infrastructure is green and it is the first city outside of Europe to be powered by 100%
renewable energy. Zero-interest loans will be available to finance products that reduce household emissions e.g., solar panels, battery storage, and efficient electric appliances.
Madrid is building a green wall around the city, with nearly half a million new trees. Diesel cars and other polluting vehicles have been completely banned from the city centre. The municipal government is investing in the benefits of expanding and restoring gardens and parks, improving diversity, and minimising air pollution.
ABOUT the COURSE
Are you a student of architecture, an early-years professional or an urban planner looking to gain specialist knowledge about current issues in sustainable healthy architecture? Would you like to rethink urban spaces in response to your emerging
environmental, social, and economic challenges, using Venice as a unique case study? Then look no further!
This unique course, in a unique environment, with a cohort of participants from all over the planet, offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with internationally renowned professors and academics, whilst leaving time for site visits and the development of a new, personal project.
And then there's Venice, of course…