Focus Labs Overview

In order to further complement the broad scope of Ecocity World Summits, Ecocity Builders has launched a more in-depth issues companion series, Ecocity Focus Lab. This sister series is meant to provide a forum and opportunity to explore new ecocity ideas, different approaches, and innovative ecocity projects in more depth and detail.

Deeper Exploration

The Ecocity World Summit Series was the first and is now the world’s longest running conference for ecological city design, development and functioning. With attendance and interest in the conference growing significantly, in 2015, Ecocity Builders announced the launch of Ecocity Focus Lab to provide a forum for deeper exploration of unique ecocity ideas and actions.

Focused on Key Issues, Projects & Places

Like the Ecocity World Summits, Ecocity Focus Lab conferences can investigate urban problems, climate change, renewable energy, transportation, environmentally healthy architecture, city layout and anything else related to ecocities. But unlike Ecocity World Summits, Ecocity Focus Lab conferences do not attempt to address the entire range of ecocity topics. They instead focus on a smaller number of key issues, projects and places.

Intellectual & Experiential

Hosts are encouraged to propose Ecocity Focus Lab conferences in the manner that best achieves their goals. That might involve assembling a broad spectrum of thinkers and doers on a particular aspect of ecocity development, planning or education. On the other hand, the goal of the conference might be best served by letting attendees experience a place and a culture that embodies the behaviors needed for true sustainability. It could be both intellectual as well as experiential.

Past Focus Labs

Our first Ecocity Focus Lab took place in November 2016 in Vancouver, Canada, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Participants in this four day event reviewed indicators capable of assessing the Ecocity Standards and the benchmarks for defining the Ecocity 1 level.

Explore tools that can be used in tandem with the Ecocity Standards to measure progress towards achieving the goal of building cities in balance with nature, particular attention was given to the new Ecocity Footprint Tool that is being developed for integration with the UrbInsight platform and related online assessment capabilities.

Outcomes informed the ongoing development of the Ecocity Standards to be further refined at the 2017 Ecocity World Summit in Melbourne.