In August, Horizon takes a look at the quest to make Europe’s cities environmentally sustainable, while also ensuring a healthy and prosperous population. We speak to geographer Professor Harriet Bulkeley on why cities have such an important role in fighting climate change, what it means for a city to be sustainable and the big challenges that lie ahead. We look at the construction of zero-energy housing, homing in on the case of Nottingham, UK, and find out how scientists are putting nature back into the old Spanish capital of Valladolid. We also talk to the city officials breathing new life into historical buildings in Bologna, Italy, and learn how urban planners and architects are taking emotional feedback into account when designing new public spaces and homes.
- Emotional response to city design could guide urban planning
- People in cities hold the key to ensuring a sustainable future
- ‘Reverse fridges’ and insulated walls – how to make a house carbon neutral
- Mobile forests could help cities cope with climate change
- Plants and sensors are being used to help Bologna locals rediscover their city