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.
Some urban commuters have no choice but to take their car
An EPFL study shows that suburban commuters do not necessarily take environmental concerns into account when deciding whether to use their car. Many car commuters – especially those with hectic schedules – feel they have no other choice. That’s especially true when it comes to working mothers.
Neighbourhood liveability and resident satisfaction in Geneva
Ever wonder how liveable your neighbourhood is? Or is there something that could be improved?
Opportunities and barriers for reducing personal air-travel
Today only few technological solutions for decarbonising global air traffic exist and behavioural change seems to be the most promising solution in the short term. Dr. Ralph Hansmann, EPFL & ETH Zürich, and Prof. Claudia R. Binder, EPFL, investigated the role of restrictions, options and justifications in reducing personal air-travel.