Urban and Design Research for Better Cities

Change, innovation, dynamic growth and reform are key issues of modern life at the beginning of the 21st century. In the face of contemporary challenges to our society, our economy, our environment, and our everyday lives, it is key for planners to find solutions for the complex problems and opportunities related to the unprecedented growth of cities. In this context, cities need to supply housing, employment, security, energy, communication, and mobility in a sustainable environment for its inhabitants. Today, these are the main challenges that occupy policy makers, planners, architects and citizens, requiring clear vision and research. The LCUD seeks methods and models that arrive at innovative solutions and guidelines, making our cities better.

While we cannot force the future, we know it is influenced and shaped by what we do in the present. The investments we make in urban and design research today will enable us to master the challenges we face tomorrow.