To provide resilient solutions, a simple optimisation of individual technologies will not be sufficient. In contrast, whole-system thinking reveals and exploits connections between parts. Each system interacts with others on different scales (materials, components, buildings, cities) and domains (ecology, economy and social).We can optimise the performance of such systems by understanding interconnections and identifying synergies. The more complete the design integration, the better the result.

City of Z├╝rich

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Switzerland

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Energy

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Shared by

Guillaume Habert

Professor for Sustainable Construction

ETH Zurich

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The Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conference 2016 in Zurich aims to provide a platform for exchange between researchers and practitioners of the construction sector to foster system thinking in the built environment. With its expected 250 participants, the conference provides an excellent opportunity to promote your company to a highly interested audience of decision makers, professionals, researchers and potential talents.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

Rainsing awareness among industry and academic that single optimisation strategy will not be efficient in the built environment.
and that an integrated approach including different technologies and the different stakeholder involved need to be implemented.

Next steps and how to get involved

You're in Switzerland.
Interested in system thinking in the built environment.
You can contact us in order to strengthen this approach and organise the 2019 conference.