Conversations | Aristide Athanassiadis – Cities and planetary limits: towards sober and just territories
Webinar in the Conversations series in which Aristide Athanassiadis discusses the relationship between territory and planetary limits from the perspective of sobriety and circularity. Please note that the webinar will be held in french only.
Most planetary limits have now been exceeded, making it increasingly difficult to live on our planet. Direct and indirect activities in urban areas (construction, mobility, food, etc.) are responsible for this overshoot. Hence the question: what are our territories going to look like if we want to remain in a habitable, safe and fair zone? How can we develop territories where sobriety (and then circularity) is the driving force behind operation and development?
Please note that the presentation will be held in French.
About the speaker
Aristide Athanassiadis has been a researcher and teacher in urban and territorial metabolism for over ten years. In his research, he studies the physical flows (water, energy, materials, pollutants) that enter and leave our territories to understand the drivers of our consumption and its impact.
He teaches this subject at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, SciencesPo Paris and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and has had the opportunity to work with many territories to assess their metabolism and propose action plans.
After several years of research and coaching, he created the “Circular Metabolism” podcast to illustrate the complexity of the issues involved in understanding the “metabolic” functioning of our territories, and to show that the solutions proposed fit into silos, often making them counterproductive or even deleterious.