Islamic Boarding School's student designs a concept of sustainable and smart urban living.
This Project serves as a way for ICRS to enter into the question of faith in the city with all its complexities. Its main objective is “to engage schools, universities, civic organizations, NGOs, and faith-based communities and policy community to develop co-design strategies and recommendations to foster sustainable, just and smart urban living”. Sustainable urban living requires that city dwellers reexamine their modes of production and consumption to suit their real and urgent needs; and not wants and fancies. A just city assumes that it provides for all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, creed and economic status. Social justice is also a prerequisite for a better and harmonious co-existence among city dwellers. Smart urban living is defined as a way of life that is healthy, effective and efficient, giving more thrust on the idea that ‘less is more’. The Project is also aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably No.11 on “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. Through the resources of the Project, ICRS has been pro-actively facilitating a Mayors’ Symposium, NGO Forum, meetings, network sessions and building collaborative research on “Faith and Urban Resilience”, while simultaneously engaging partners in the World Urban Forum (WUF), hosted by UNHabitat. This Project has been generously supported by ICRS’ longtime partner, the Ford Foundation.