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Understanding a city as a whole, its people, components, functions, scales and dynamics, is crucial for the appropriate design and management of the urban system. While the development of cities in different parts of the world is moving in diverse directions, all estimations show that cities worldwide will change and grow strongly in the coming years. Especially in the tropics over the next 3 decades, it is expected that the number of new urban residents will increase by 3 times the population of Europe today. Yet already now, there is an extreme shortage of designers and urban planners able to understand the functioning of a city as a system, and to plan a sustainable and resilient city. To answer questions like: Which methods can contribute to the sustainable performance of a city, and how can we teach this to the next generations, the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore has produced over the last 3 years many necessary resea...

Understanding a city as a whole, its people, components, functions, scales and dynamics, is crucial for the appropriate design and management of the urban system. While the development of cities in different parts of the world is moving in diverse directions, all estimations show that cities worldwide will change and grow strongly in the coming years. Especially in the tropics over the next 3 decades, it is expected that the number of new urban residents will increase by 3 times the population of Europe today. Yet already now, there is an extreme shortage of designers and urban planners able to understand the functioning of a city as a system, and to plan a sustainable and resilient city. To answer questions like: Which methods can contribute to the sustainable performance of a city, and how can we teach this to the next generations, the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore has produced over the last 3 years many necessary research results. “Future Cities” aims to bring these latest results to the places where they are needed most.

The only way to better understand the city is by going beyond the physical appearance and by focusing on different representations, properties and impact factors of the urban system. For that reason, in this course we will explore the city as the most complex human-made “organism” with a metabolism that can be modeled in terms of stocks and flows. We will open a holistic view on existing and new cities, with a focus on Asia. Data-driven approaches for the development of the future city will be studied, based on crowdsourcing and sensing. At first, we will give an overview of the components and dynamics of the future cities, and we will show the importance of information and information architecture for the cities of the future. The course will cover the origins, state-of-the-art and applications of information architecture and simulation. “Future Cities” will provide the basis to understand, shape, plan, design, build, manage and continually adapt a city. You will learn to see the consequences of citizen science and the merging of Architecture and information space. You will be up-to-date on the latest research and development on how to better understand, create and manage the future cities for a more resilient urban world.

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Vincent Lee

10/10 starsCompleted
11 months ago
For someone who do not have any background on Architecture and the cause and effect that affects our everyday life. I think this is a very interesting course which will provide you with not just basic knowledge and concepts but it allows you to think and see the difference on the overall city. Would be interesting and nice if we were able to visit the lab in Singapore.
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3/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 2 months ago
Unfortunately, having done the whole course, it seemed like a plot to get others to study at ETH Zurich and/or crowdsource information from 'students' for their own research. Their teaching style was quite lazy, where there was very little critical thinking and mostly just rote memorisation, akin to a past style of teaching that sorely misses the target of the modern way of teaching. One question that really hit my nerve was "Building electricity storage is a topic of research since?". A very pointless question that offers no utility to someone who wanted to learn how they could impact their city. They did an okay job diversifying my mind on certain ways of understanding city's, but it was always scratching the surface. Many links also didn't work, and the reading material was not accessible. edX should revise their policies on how universities should use their platform, which is to teach others to know how to take action, rather... Unfortunately, having done the whole course, it seemed like a plot to get others to study at ETH Zurich and/or crowdsource information from 'students' for their own research. Their teaching style was quite lazy, where there was very little critical thinking and mostly just rote memorisation, akin to a past style of teaching that sorely misses the target of the modern way of teaching. One question that really hit my nerve was "Building electricity storage is a topic of research since?". A very pointless question that offers no utility to someone who wanted to learn how they could impact their city. They did an okay job diversifying my mind on certain ways of understanding city's, but it was always scratching the surface. Many links also didn't work, and the reading material was not accessible. edX should revise their policies on how universities should use their platform, which is to teach others to know how to take action, rather than be a university's guinea pig.
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Alanna Komisar

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
The content of the course is fascinating and the lectures provide a great skimmed down overview of their topics. An area of improvement would be to provide additional readings or resources to go deeper into the topics. For example, when you spoke about exergy, I had to look for other resources before it was clear that you were talking about how energy is lost in the environment through phase transfers. Additionally, in the simulations unit, I would have been interested to hear in more depth (or potentially given an example) of the simulations used in the the decision making process. Overall, really enjoyed the course, particularly how there was a good amount of focus your research.
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2 years, 7 months ago
Clear content and concepts well articulated by the team. Recommended as we should all be concerned by the impact of urban planning and development on the livability and quality of our lives.
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Sonu Chhabra

2/10 starsDropped
2 years, 7 months ago
Didn't went much further into the course, because the course offers more information about ETH Zurich than the Future Cities, at least for the first 2 weeks.
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David Calton

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
Great course, thanks for offering it, and for letting me audit for free. Great appreciation! Urban planning, design is one of my favorite topics, but hard to get direct employment out of, so did not pursue in University, but have tens of books on the subject, and see the importance of the topic everyday. Really appreciate being able to take this course, especially coming from Detroit that is in desperate need of this wisdom!
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Jibran Khan

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
I'm not sure why the 1 other review is so low. This course is intelligently structured and the information is thoughtfully articulated. The course is set up to be immensely clarifying if you're interested in smart cities/future cities and it has a lot of valuable content to refer to after you finish (or if you just want to archive it as a resource). Not to mention, the team does really well in leading you on to the next course for Future Cities and concepts that will be introduced there -- it really spikes curiosity and learning.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
3 years ago
انة محتوى جيد جدا وأود دراسة جميع مايتعلق بالعمارة المستدامة والعمارة الخضراء حيث انة سوف يساعدني على اكمال دراستي في الماجستير
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