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Urban planning for an ageing society
The demographic shift in Switzerland is set to intensify the demands on the built environment to cater for the needs of an ageing population. The project aims to develop strategies and measures to address this problem.


Prof. Dr. Josep Acebillo Marin
Institute for Contemporary Urban Project

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How can agglomerations be brought into shape?
In their present form, agglomerations are highly unsustainable. How might urban design bring about transformation within a given time frame? This project will formulate tools for getting agglomerations into sustainable shape.

Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule ETH
Department für Architektur

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Impact of sociodemographic change on urban centres
The project sets out to investigate the impact on Swiss towns and cities of present and foreseeable changes in the size and composition of their resident populations. Its aim is to gain a better understanding of the processes affecting these urban centres. The study also includes an examination of and proposals for planning instruments that provide a more sustainable response to the current demographic trends. 

Dr. Michal Arend
Research Solutions

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How can single-family home residential districts be sustainably developed?
The research project will examine potential ways of reconciling single-family residential districts with the aims of sustainable development and draw up specific sustainability assessment methods. 

Prof. Dr. Max Bosshard
ZHW, Center for Urban Landscape

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Sustainable vocabulary
Participation is a cornerstone of sustainable development. It demands a consensus among the various players in a community on a set of fundamental concepts as the basis for an exchange of opinions. However, the way in which these groups (planners, politicians and residents) designate, define and conceptually structure geographical space often varies dramatically. 

Prof. Dr. Bernard Debarbieux
Département de géographie
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales

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Social capital in urban neighbourhoods
How can the ecological and economic - as well as the social - development of an urban neighbourhood be enhanced? The research team will apply the concept of "social capital" to examine the relationships behind sustainable urban neighbourhood development.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Drilling
Basler Institut für Sozialforschung und Sozialplanung
Hochschule für Pädagogik und Soziale Arbeit beider Basel

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How can mobility behaviour be changed in favour of sustainability?
The increasing dominance of car use in personal mobility has led to urban sprawl, increasing environmental damage and high costs for expanding infrastructure. Still, only few question their mobility preferences. How can this state of mind be changed?

Dr. Ulrich Haefeli
Interface - Institut für Politikstudien

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How to stop urban sprawl in Switzerland?
Urban sprawl has a number of negative ecological, aesthetic and economic effects. It has nonetheless continued to increase considerably over the last 20 years. This project measures the degree of urban sprawl, identifies current trends, develops scenarios for future development, and draws conclusions for regional planning.

PD Dr. Felix Kienast
Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft WSL

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Which factors foster sustainability in the housing sector?
Can sustainability in the housing sector be attained through policy or do political and administrative controls or specific ownership structures hamper creative solutions? According to the research team, this question can best be answered by examining the housing stock, which represents the main object of housing policy in this particular area.

Prof. Dr. Peter Knoepfel
Institut de hautes études en administration publique (IDHEAP)

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Is this the city we want to live in?
The project aims at a realistic representation of the urbanized environment, from the perspective of sustainable development, using new ways of calculation and new mapping techniques.

Prof. Dr. Jaques Lévy
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

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Is the quality of life in urban areas improved by the urban wildlife?
This project deals with urban biodiversity and its acceptance by the human population. Is a high urban biodiversity valued by residents and does it improve their quality of life in the urban area?

Dr. Marco Moretti
FNP Sottostazione Sud delle Alpi

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Are cities becoming more attractive once again?
Some countries are witnessing a movement back into the inner cities. Does this trend exist in Switzerland too? Is it related to a new social structure in our cities?

Prof. Dr. Etienne Piguet
Institut de Géographie
Université de Neuchâtel

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More sustainability for the urban road freight transport
Over the last decades, road freight transport within conurbations - and therefore pollution and accidents - have increased. This study aims to identify trends in freight transport and elaborate more sustainable strategies to supply conurbations with goods.

Martin Ruesch
Rapp Trans AG

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Scenarios for a sustainable development of the built environment in Switzerland
This project will elaborate scenarios for a sustainable development of the built environment in Switzerland considering the international influence.

Prof. Dr. Willy A. Schmid
Institut für Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule ETH

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According to which logic do actors decide during the planning and building process?
The principles of sustainable development apply first and foremost at the local level. Yet those involved are not always fully committed to these principles. What drives their actions? And what impact do social processes have on the success or failure of a project?

Prof. Dr. Christian Suter
Institut de Sociologie
Université de Neuchâtel

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