WHY THIS CHALLENGE?
We need to change the way we power our daily lives. Cities consume the majority of the energy supply, often powered by fossil fuels. Therefore cities and metropolitan areas offer a huge opportunity to transform the way we generate and use energy. We need creative solutions to get as much power from as little energy as possible, wasting as little as we can. That is why, together with Ikea Foundation, we are seeking design interventions that integrate renewable energy, energy saving and energy efficient approaches. Read more about the reasons behind this challenge.
AMSTERDAM’S ENERGY PROBLEM
In Amsterdam’s city centre, packed with monuments and protected buildings, there is little space for clean energy infrastructure. Solar panels and other visible interventions are not permitted on historic buildings. Other infrastructure necessary for the transition, such as electricity substations and transformers, are too big to fit in the narrow and dense urban plan.
Aesthetic concerns play a role in much of the wider metropolitan area, too. The IJmeer lake and on-land ‘buffer’ zones, are used for recreation or transport. Many feel that current visions of clean energy infrastructure development in these areas will make them less attractive or useful for other needs of urban dwellers.
There is not enough space on land nor water to meet the electricity demands for the future of the region through renewable sources. Experts call for an integrative spatial approach whereby clean energy demand is reconciled with other pressing urban needs, such as housing and preservation of cultural heritage and natural landscapes.
WASTE IN MÉXICO CITY
GLOBAL WASTE MANAGEMENT ISSUES
Every year, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste is collected worldwide. It takes a lot of energy to manufacture, transport and dispose of goods and the waste that these become. Decay of organic waste also emits methane, which contributes 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. While it is possible for waste to be transformed into energy or resources, cities are struggling to effectively achieve this. Cities must think more wisely and creatively about how waste is produced, managed and transformed.
MÉXICO’S WASTE PROBLEM
México City, an enormous sprawling city, has struggled with waste for many years. With the closure of its largest landfill, and new initiatives to promote recycling and waste-to-energy solutions, México City is now in a position to be an example for the region. But behaviours and mindsets still have a long way to go. And there is lots that design can do here. Building on political momentum, we are calling on designers to use their creative problem-solving skills to imagine new narratives, services, products, spaces and systems to encourage cleaner and greener waste handling behaviours across México City.
BUILDING IN DELHI
DELHI’S GROWING NUMBER OF BUILDINGS
The world is urbanising: by 2050, more than two-thirds of the global population will live in cities. Buildings currently account for nearly half of greenhouse gas emissions in many big cities. Growing population and rapid growth in purchasing power in emerging economies and many developing countries, means that energy demand in buildings could increase enormously by 2050. Reducing the energy that is used to heat, cool and light buildings is a crucial step towards lowering emissions and easing the transition to clean energy in any city.
In Delhi the need to build fast to serve rapidly swelling populations results in haphazard urban planning, with both commercial buildings and informal settlements mushrooming without much consideration for sustainability. Commercial and residential buildings account for most of Indian cities’ energy consumption, through heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, hot water heating, interior and exterior lighting, electrical power and appliances.
But in the rush to build affordable housing — much needed in a city where millions live in poverty in informal settlements with no access to electricity or sanitation — the sustainability of homes is low on the agenda.
MOVING AROUND SÃO PAULO
SÃO PAULO’S TRAFFIC PROBLEM |
Cars, buses and trucks are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in many cities around the world. While the move to electric vehicles is a step in the right direction, the rush to cleaner vehicles alone will not solve the problems that cities are grappling with: a ‘green’ traffic jam is still a traffic jam.
São Paulo’s infrastructure was not built to accommodate large numbers of private vehicles and trucks, and plans that cater to them will quite literally pave the way for further increases in car ownership, congestion, wasted fuel and emissions. Not to even mention more wasted hours sitting in traffic. Initiatives to extend and upgrade São Paulo’s public transport and freight network move slowly. That’s why we are calling on designers to find creative and radical solutions for more sustainable flows of people and goods through the city.
EATING IN NAIROBI
NAIROBI’S FOOD PROBLEM
Global food supply chains are highly energy intensive, and mostly reliant on fossil fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions from the agri-food sector are over 20% of the world’s total. Rapid urbanisation is stretching Kenya’s food and agriculture systems to their limits, and Nairobi in particular is struggling to provide sustainable food and nutrition security for its residents.
With a population set to reach 14 million by 2050, there will be many more mouths to feed. But the journey from farm to fork is currently not as smooth or green as it could be. From food production and distribution to refrigeration and preparation, designers can play a significant role in making sure future Nairobians are fed in a way that is good for both the human body and the planet.
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