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Sustainable Buildings

From Architecture to Urban Planning: Shweta Gandhi

From a naïve 19-year-old architecture student to working on government projects and helping achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Shweta Gandhi has already gathered a multitude of experiences. We spoke to this Young Leader...

Do It Yourself: How to Start Retrofitting

The decarbonising effects of retrofitting older buildings will do a lot to slow or even prevent the global heating process. But where do we start? How do we know what measures individual properties require,...

Decarbonising Cities to Reverse Climate Change

Cities emit seemingly endless cascades of greenhouse gasses. Carbon dioxide is the number one offender. Rectifying this is pivotal to halting global warming and preventing irreversible climate damage. But decarbonising cities at a mass...

The Challenges of Retrofitting

Telling the average person on the street to upgrade their draughty, crumbling home to save energy and, ergo, the planet might be too abstract to inspire action, met with responses like: “What difference can...

A Little Bit of Green Among the Grey: The Case for Greenery

The United Nations’ article 'Cities and Pollution' states that cities use up 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of greenhouse gas emissions, all while covering less than 2% of our...

How to Include Greenery in Strategic Planning

Everyone wants some sort of a green nook in their city. A place to relax, cool down and simply enjoy the fresh air. Perfectly fine, but the problem occurs when cities are too dense,...

Retrofitting: Facts & Figures

Populations are rising. We cannot build fast enough to accommodate everyone. We need to utilise older buildings for our living, working, and leisure needs. Retrofitting makes them future-proof, efficient, and climate-friendly, shaping the urban...

Urban Gardening in Bustling Cities

As the desire for eating healthy, fresh, organic and home-grown produce grows, naturally so does the desire for gardening. But where to garden when you live in a densely populated city? Urban gardens offer...

Waste to Resources: Tampere’s Triumphs With Trash and Trade

The importance of good waste management is no secret, but how to do it can sometimes allude us. This is where the city of Tampere comes in. So, if you’re lacking innovative ideas and...

EU Projects Working Towards Greener Cities

Green is the new black; or rather, ‘greenzoning’ is the new ‘grayzoning’. These EU projects are the ones painting the cities green, striving to protect the (urban) biodiversity, or focusing on social inclusion by...

The Case for Green Roofs

How to incorporate greenery into urban spaces? Where to put green spaces in a densely populated area? Putting them on a roof is a way to go! The benefits of green roofs are being...

Shallow & Deep – Different Dives into Retrofitting

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to decarbonising older properties. Each building has its own character, history, and flaws that need to be considered when choosing appropriate measures to make them energy efficient. These can...

Sustainable Schools – Education Fit for the Environment

With the climate crisis growing, teaching children about sustainability should be an obvious addition to their education. However, there are big discrepancies in countries’ curriculums and the resources given to teachers. In this article,...

CityChanger Dusty Gedge: “A City Has the Responsibility to Deliver Real, Meaningful Biodiversity”

A circus performer, an actor, and a birdwatcher – becoming the name in the field of green roofs certainly wasn’t on Dusty’s agenda. The current President of the European Federation of Green Roof and...

CityChanger Birgit Rusten on Sustainable Architecture and Pilot Projects

Making your city’s buildings sustainable is a big aspiration and not easy. However, one thing that definitely helps are powerful examples of architecture that showcase the immense possibilities this field holds. One expert for...

The Case for Sustainable Construction: Why Bother?

We’re all besotted with buildings. So much so that the average person spends 90% of their lifetime indoors. Buildings make our lives more comfortable and convenient; imagining a world without them is near-on impossible....

Be Happy With What You’ve Got: The Case for Retrofitting

What would your dream home look like? Some people will be lucky enough to build fanciful follies from scratch. The rest of us get to pick the choice cuts from pre-existing stock; but older...

CityChanger Naama Blonder – Bringing Smart Density to North America

Canada, similar to the US, has a heart for single-family houses and suburbs. A concept not really suitable for rapid urbanisation and the need for sustainable and affordable housing of the future. Thankfully, there are...