About the EcoCityLab
The EcoCityLab is a design-oriented teaching and research centre based at the Berlin University of Technology devoted to explore new urban systems to arrest global environmental degradation, greenhouse gas emissions, dependency on oil, and the urban heat island effect, while searching for new green urban aesthetics in the 21st Century.
Specifically, the EcoCityLab explores the aesthetic, spatial, technical and socio-cultural implications of mixing placed-based urbanism with new green infrastructure systems to produce energy and food, to recycle wastewaters, reuse organic wastes, manage storm water runoff, and to increase evapotranspiration at the scales of the neighbourhood, the district and the city.
We engage in this exploration by direct design and by sponsoring and guiding student urban design projects at universities and other academic institutions. In addition, the EcoCityLab advices private and government organisations on sustainable development, it teaches short and long courses on sustainable urbanism, and conducts fieldtrips to exemplary sustainable urban development projects in Europe.
The Lab was founded and is directed by Dr. Rafael E. Pizarro, PhD in Urban Planning (University of Southern California) and co-directed by Jana Milosovicova, urban designer and landscape architect based in Berlin.