Sustasis logoMission Statement: The Sustasis Foundation is a research and education foundation with a focus upon the global built environment.  We work to connect people and resources to help meet the global environmental challenges of our time.

"Sustasis" (vaiant spelling "systasis") is a Greek word meaning "standing together" or "bringing parts together into integrality."   We focus upon the challenges of sustainable human settlement.  We work to bring key partners into collaborations to find effective solutions to our most urgent modern challenges, including climate change and unsustainable growth.  These partners include other NGOs, universities, governments, professionals, businesspeople, citizen activists, and other stakeholders.

Programs and Activities

Sustasis Foundation is a key partner in the 2008 Congress of the Council for European Urbanism, on the topic of "Climate Change and Urban Design".  We are working with a broad range of international NGOs, government agencies and universities, representing 27 countries and all continents except Antarctica.  We are assisting with development of the program, formation of partnerships, and selecton of papers, speakers and themes.

Sustasis sponsors the new US chapter of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), a patronage of the Prince of Wales.  INTBAU is a world wide organisation dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character and the creation of better places to live.   We are creating an active network of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study or enjoy traditional building, architecture and places.

Sustasis coordinates the Environmental Structure Research Group, an international, inter-disciplinary group of researchers in the built and natural environments, and the fields with which they interact.  We are particularly interested in the topics of evidence-based design, patterns languages, space syntax, new urbanism, and other developing tools and approaches.

Sustasis' executive director is a partner in the European School of Urbanism and Architecture, a new pilot curriculum in urban design and architecture focused in particular on climate change, local economics and local heritage, and the power of traditional urban and building patterns.

The executive director is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Urbanism (Routledge); the editorial board of the Cuadernos de Arquitectura y Nuevo Urbanismo (ITESM); the advisory board of the Transforming Land Use Regulations research project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; serves on other mission-related boards; is a speaker and lecturer at many international conferences; and writes regularly for the Urban Land Institute and other journals and publications.

In 2007 Sustasis Foundation formed the Neighborhood Center Development Partnership, a project to develop neighborhood resource centers for the residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  We previously developed the Neighborhood Rebuilding Centers proposal as a part of the Unified New Orleans Plan, now formally adopted by the City of New Orleans.

Links to Additional Info

2009 Mid-Year Update from Executive Director
Overview of 2008 Activities, and Summary of Plans for 2009
Project Leader Biographies
Sustasis Foundation web site

Contact Info

Michael Mehaffy
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