Sustainable Cities of the Future

What future do we imagine for the places where we live and which we create? How can we make them more sustainable? Why are some regions thriving while others are in sharp decline? And what is the political context and relevance of all this?

Course structure

The course begins by establishing theoretical foundations: how did we get to the urban landscape we see today? We’ll then identify existing challenges and develop approaches to address them without perpetuating existing problems or creating new ones. We’ll explore the underlying factors that shape our cities and regions, examining why some areas flourish while others face sharp decline.

We will adopt an interdisciplinary approach, integrating economics, environmental studies, urban studies, public policy, and a bit of sociology, philosophy, and political science. We’ll critically analyse these topics from diverse perspectives, striving for a realistic assessment. Our focus will will be directed primarily at the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental.

Course pre-requisites and objectives

Throughout the course, we weill develop the ability to observe the spaces we occupy and the spaces we create, observing their beauty as well as their darker side. This will enable us to formulate a simplified model of how cities and regions can develop sustainably in the future.

This course welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, requiring no prior knowledge or skills. Taking cities as a case study, it serves as an introduction to approaching complex topics from various disciplinary perspectives, and it can potentially help you uncover an interest in pursuing one of these fields further.

Tereza Zoumpalova

Tereza graduated from the University of Cambridge where she studied Land Economy – a combination of economics, law and environment. Afterwards, she moved to France where she is currently finishing her master’s degree in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po Paris. Her main interests lie in sustainability, technology, urban and regional development, AI, and socioeconomic inequality. Her studies focused on applied economics and policy-making, which she further explored in her work at institutions including the European Parliament, OECD, Institute of Circular Economy or Nordex (wind energy). She dedicates most of her free time to wandering around Paris or travelling, exploring new places, cultures and languages (currently mainly French in an attempt to survive in France), reading and discussing books with friends, endlessly searching for a balance in her life, pursuing a healthy lifestyle and doing sports, ranging from squash through weightlifting to yoga or ballet.

Session D

Art Against the Mainstream

Štěpán Folget

Biological Psychiatry

Aleksa Petković

Contagion: infectious disease and society

Jana Lohrova

Cross-cultural studies 101

Mwika Kiarie

Defending Human Rights

Mirek Crha

History from Liberty to Liberation

Emma Nabi-Bourgois

Law and Morality

Eva Hamašová

Medicine

Soňa Feciskaninová

Neuronal Biophysics

Sara Banovska

Positive psychology

Laura Opletalová

Sound, music, and science

Sol Johansen

Sustainable Cities of the Future

Tereza Zoumpalova

Sustainable design

Mariana Ochodková

Theory of General Relativity

Bohdan Glisevic