Future. City. Life!
Sustainable Habitat by Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang, 7th October 2013
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Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang
Leuphana University
Faculty Sustainability
Sustainable Habitat
GRAND CHALLENGES FOR CITIES –
PRESERVING AND CREATING SUSTAINABLE
HABITATS
Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
Prof. Paul J. Crutzen
Source: Teemu Rajala
LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 20...
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - CO-EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS
Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Danie...
Cities – Critical „Places“ in the Antrhopocene
Sources: LSECities / School of Economics and UNDESA Revision 2005
Urban
Pop...
BASIC FUNCTIONS OF CITIES
To work
To
reside To
nourish
To
commu
-nicate
To
trans-
port
Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuph...
EXEMPLARY CHALLENGES -
ENERGY AND CLIMATE
Urban Characteristics 
● Urban Heat Island Effects
● Altered wind climate
+ eff...
The ecological footprint of Londoners
●is 293 times the size of London
●6.63 gha per capita = 3.5 „worlds“
Exemplary Chall...
EXEMPLARY CHALLENGES -
SOCIAL JUSTICE / EQUITY / HEALTH
Equity:
e.g. access to public and
social services
Source: Christia...
**
SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES
Source: Tom ChanceGrand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J...
Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
Source: MasdarCity
RESILIENCE AND ADAPTA...
No one can predict the future, but we can invent and make the
future because we know how to do so and we have done so cons...
Source: Rockström et al. 2009, p. 472
…
 Determine how to anticipate, avoid,
and manage disruptive global
environmental c...
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  1. 1. Future. City. Life! Sustainable Habitat by Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang, 7th October 2013
  2. 2. 1 Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang Leuphana University Faculty Sustainability Sustainable Habitat
  3. 3. GRAND CHALLENGES FOR CITIES – PRESERVING AND CREATING SUSTAINABLE HABITATS Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
  4. 4. Prof. Paul J. Crutzen Source: Teemu Rajala LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
  5. 5. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - CO-EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
  6. 6. Cities – Critical „Places“ in the Antrhopocene Sources: LSECities / School of Economics and UNDESA Revision 2005 Urban Population by city size Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang Urbanization trends: 2050 70% living in cities 70% of global CO2 Emissions 75% of global economic output Global Urbanisation: Urban vs Rural
  7. 7. BASIC FUNCTIONS OF CITIES To work To reside To nourish To commu -nicate To trans- port Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
  8. 8. EXEMPLARY CHALLENGES - ENERGY AND CLIMATE Urban Characteristics  ● Urban Heat Island Effects ● Altered wind climate + effects from global climate change  Heat waves, Heavy precipitation events, Sea level rise Source: LSE Cities/ School of Economics IEA Report 2008 Source: NASA Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang Density and Energy Demand – City Comparison Energy Demand/ per capita in the EU/cities
  9. 9. The ecological footprint of Londoners ●is 293 times the size of London ●6.63 gha per capita = 3.5 „worlds“ Exemplary Challenges – Urban Metabolism / Urban Footprint Sources: Best Foot Forward Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang Source: Duvigneaud and Denaeyer-De Smet 1977
  10. 10. EXEMPLARY CHALLENGES - SOCIAL JUSTICE / EQUITY / HEALTH Equity: e.g. access to public and social services Source: Christian Nadeau Health: e.g. food deserts and obesity Social justice: e.g. gentrification Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang Source: Anna Lusty Source: Renate Hildebrandt
  11. 11. ** SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES Source: Tom ChanceGrand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang Zero carbon emissions Zero waste Sustainable transport Sustainable material Local and sustainable food Sustainable water Land use and wildlife Culture and heritage Equity and local economy Health and happyness
  12. 12. Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang Source: MasdarCity RESILIENCE AND ADAPTABILITY Masdar City Detroit Source: GlobalClassroom Source: Rick Smith Arcosanti
  13. 13. No one can predict the future, but we can invent and make the future because we know how to do so and we have done so consistently through our history as a species. Inventing and making however mean thinking clearly about where we wish to go and then creating and devising the means to get there (Brewer 2007) Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
  14. 14. Source: Rockström et al. 2009, p. 472 …  Determine how to anticipate, avoid, and manage disruptive global environmental change.  Determine institutional, economic, and behavioral changes to enable effective steps toward global sustainability.  Encourage innovation (and mechanisms for evaluation) in technological, policy, and social responses to achieve global sustainability. (Reid et al. 2010) GRAND CHALLENGES FOR GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY Grand Challenges for Cities - Leuphana Startwoche 2013 – Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
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