Invitation: The 12th travel-free Urban Lunch Talk (29 April) to explore actions on land-use and infrastructure dilemmas

What role does urban design play in the food-water-energy nexus, and for health and liveability? Register to this webinar to learn more and discuss actions in the urban dilemma of land-use, health and infrastructures. Meet guests from M-NEX, SUNEX, the BlueHealth initative and the Urban Agenda Partnership on Sustainable Use of Land and Nature-Based Solutions.

The webinar features reflections based on lessons learned in Doha, Belfast, Detroit, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, Bristol, Vienna, Amsterdam and more places.


Cristina Clotet Ollé: Cristina is an Architect at the Institut Català del Sòl (INCASÒL), member of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Sustainable Use of Land and Nature-Based Solutions. Cristina’s work involves around managing under-used land, sustainable & circular reuse of spaces and buildings, and adaptive re-use of the built heritage for a greener Europe.

Anna Grichting: Anna works at Qatar University with the M-NEX project, active in Doha, Belfast, Detroit, Sydney, Tokyo and Amsterdam. M-NEX focuses on urban design practice and sees urban agriculture as a key facilitator of the food-water-energy-nexus, as it needs water and energy to become productive. Working directly with living labs in some of the most vulnerable communities in the partner cities, the team co-designs new food futures with stakeholders that can help make stakeholder less vulnerable to forces disturbing the nexus.

Simon Bell: Simon works with Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and will reflect on results of the BlueHealth initative in relation to planning and designing urban blue spaces for human health and well-being. BlueHealth is a pan-European research initiative investigating the links between environment, climate and health and focuses on water-based environments in towns and cities. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Ali Hainoun: Ali works at the Austrian Institute of Technology and the SUNEX project. The project operates in four case study cities (Berlin, Bristol, Doha, Vienna), each with different  socio-economic and climate characteristics and consumption patterns. The project tests a monitoring sensor network to help water- and energy savings in local food production.

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