Designing Sustainable Cities

A panel discussion on design resilience in the post-pandemic world


About this Session

Join us in our conversation with MIT Professor Carlo Ratti of Carlo Ratti Associati, Joe Iles Circular Design Program Lead from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Clare Miflin Founder of ThinkWoven and the Center for Zero Waste Design, to learn how we can create a new future for our cities and ourselves.

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Designing Sustainable Cities | Nature x Design

The pandemic has revealed the fragility of our cities, learn how we move forward in this virtual event.

Posted by TEALEAVES on Sunday, August 9, 2020


In the near future, the majority of the world’s population will reside in cities. Currently, our cities are not designed to accommodate their current population effectively, let alone a rapidly growing one.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation “Under this ‘linear system’, cities consume over 75% of natural resources, produce over 50% of global waste, and emit between 60-80% of greenhouse gases.”

However, cities provide the ultimate platform for change because they are the melting pot of so many environmental problems from waste systems to the built environment, transportation to food systems the possibility for change is endless. The answer? Design – circularly.

Collectively, we can reimagine the way we create, design and evolve our built environment to ensure a sustainable future. Using technology to spark innovation and positive behaviour change within our cities, affecting our lifestyle and well-being.

The virtual design event will entail a design-centric roundtable among experts as they discuss using technology to spark innovation within our urban environments. Join us in our conversation with MIT SENSEable City Lab, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Center for Zero Waste Design to learn how we can create a new future for our cities and ourselves.


Event Viewing Material

An introduction to the circular economy by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Redefining design and production through the circular economy with IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Event Speakers

Joe Iles, Circular Design Programme Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Joe is the Circular Design Programme Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Joe’s role is work with the Foundation’s network to inspire and empower millions of designers to create products, services, and systems for the circular economy. Part of the team since 2011, Joe has helped shape the circular economy narrative, crafting stories and messages to reach new audiences and improve understanding.


Carlo Ratti, Founding Partner, CRA & Director, MIT Senseable City Lab

Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati.


Clare Miflin, Founder, ThinkWoven & Founder, Center for Zero Waste Design

Clare Miflin

Clare Miflin is an architect and systems thinker with 20 years of experience designing buildings to the highest environmental standards. She led the development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines for architects to help NYC develop circular material loops, and works with the Center for Zero Waste Design to adapt and disseminate them to other cities. A Biomimicry Professional, she founded ThinkWoven develops strategies which weave urban systems into ecosystems.

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