Social-ecological transformation in Asian cities

An interactive map microsite

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Various screens that highlight the interactive map and microsite that we built for FES Asia


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

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An exploration of the current state of social and ecological development in eight Asian cities, this interactive map microsite Kontinentalist conceptualised, designed, and executed for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung consolidated the latest facts and figures on mobility, renewable energy, and inclusive urban development.

The main screen of the map portal, showing locations of sustainable cities in Asia.

About the project

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has had a significant presence in Asia for years, and wanted to create a microsite where its research outputs and resources could be consolidated. More importantly, it also wanted to produce an open tool that provided the latest facts and figures on the topic of sustainable cities, and the state of social and ecological development of key Asian cities.

The challenge

Encouraging conversations about sustainable cities

A key initiative of FES Asia was to promote the concept of a social-ecological transformation of cities, and to do so in an engaging medium and manner with the public. It needed a page to explain this concept, and what this means in specific Asian contexts in reality.

Social-ecological transformation in Asian cities

Consolidating and collaborating

FES has various offices across Asia that engage in meaningful ground and research work. It hoped to bring together all of this material, consolidating all of its research outputs in one space, promoting knowledge management and facilitating collaboration across its offices and among its partners.

Social-ecological transformation in Asian cities
An information box about each city highlights its important statistics and quality-of-life indicators, such as population number, public transport, and housings.
A section in the "About" page explains the challenges and issues faced by Asian cities.
The last section of the "About" page offers a look into sectors of improvements to achieve social-ecological transformation in these Asian cities.

Our creative solution

We created a three-page microsite, with a map-based landing page. On the landing page, users are invited to explore the different sustainable Asian cities, where they can better understand each city’s challenges, and learn facts and figures concerning mobility, urbanisation, income, and climate change. We also designed two additional pages to elaborate on the concept in detail, spotlighting specific examples and scenarios, and core principles governing their proposed solutions.

Our partners

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit German foundation funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, and headquartered in Bonn and Berlin. It was founded in 1925 and is named after Germany’s first democratically elected President, Friedrich Ebert. FES is committed to the advancement of both socio-political and economic development in the spirit of social democracy, through civic education, research, and international cooperation. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is the oldest political foundation in Germany.

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