Designing Sustainable Cities

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

Watch this 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.

Redesigning an affordable organic waste system for NYC to improve public space, health and equity

DSNY organic brown bins set out on the street alongside Bryant Park.

New York City’s Mayor de Blasio just committed to a green recovery that prioritizes equity, fairness, and the climate crisis. Composting, which creates green jobs, supports local food production, and increases environmental equity, should fit squarely within this mission. Yet, in this year’s crisis budget, the city cut all funding for organic waste collection.

The system needs a redesign, so the city can affordably collect all organic waste, transforming an inequitable problem into a valuable resource.

See full Op-Ed in City Limits

Mothers of Invention Podcast: Jugglers of Time

City resident and co-founder of Help Delhi Breathe, Reecha Upadhyay, tells us how she rallied tens of thousands of voters to pass legislation that will help cap air pollution killing millions every year. She discusses biomimicry with Clare Miflin, who shares her epiphany that nature doesn’t create any waste and that perhaps our misuse of materials is a design flaw. We hear how Clare took her thought to the NYC’s Department of Sanitation and developed the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. And we take a trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone to visit Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, to hear how she watched her beloved city become ravaged by war and disease, before putting it on a path to future green thinking and economic potential. Listen