Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems
Society is in transition at global, national, regional and city scale. In this transition, cities, as the central places of human activity in the 21st century, will play a key role. More than half of the global population already lives in urban areas, and following projections of the United Nations, this share will grow to 70% in 2050. Urban areas will be key arenas for the push towards more sustainable ways of living. While cities are the focal points of major environmental and social problems, they also contain the tangible and intangible resources which allow a transition towards more sustainable livelihoods to be imaginable: educated people, powerful institutions and material wealth. A key question in this context is how can resources in the urban system be used to support the transition to sustainability, and what is precisely required at a societal, institutional, and individual level.
New book on sustainability assessment of urban systems
The Laboratory on Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems publishes a new book on sustainability assessment of urban systems edited by Prof. Dr. Claudia R. Binder, Dr. Romano Wyss and Dr. Emanuele Massaro.
Early trends emerge from Swiss lockdown survey
A research team ran an online survey from 8 April to 10 May in order to gauge Swiss residents’ views and experiences of life under the lockdown. Participation was unexpectedly high, with close to 7,000 people answering the questionnaire. Here is a first report