The professions of architecture and planning have undergone massive changes in recent years. The pace of building activity, the nature and specifics of global practice, digital technologies, the scale of design projects, and environmental and energy concerns have profoundly altered the state of practice. Contributing to these changes has been the largest urban migration in human history. The ‘global village’ has become a reality in the twenty-first century and architecture programs around the world are scrambling to adjust to the new situation.
The International Center for Sustainable New Cities, like other such centers around the globe, is dedicated to probing new ground for research and education. In the last few decades, the issues circumscribed by the idea of sustainability have come a long way in their acceptance by the professional and political cultures, but in a few important respects we feel that a fuller understanding of the notion of ecology has still not been achieved. The goal of the ICSNC is to infuse and enliven design decisions with a biological perspective—that is, we believe the elements are today falling into place to allow us to consider the built environments from a vision that is focused on the health and well being of the occupants who inhabit them. In short, the ICSNC seeks to explore the issues and knowledge necessary for a true human ecology.
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