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Green Growth Strategies for Environmentally Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by Anne Staley

Green Urban Growth


The contemporary urban lifestyle is driven by awareness about sustainability, thanks to the advent of the internet, new technology, and the widespread concern about disturbing the ecological equilibrium. Going one up on the ‘green quotient’ is what organizations around the world, small and large, are after.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Financing Sustainable Cities


Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

A Roadmap for Sustainable Cities in the MENA Region

November 19, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Public spaces must be preserved

Despite the difference and different context, citizens of Accra, Amman and Beirut are experiencing similar challenges in the accessibility of public spaces. Private sector interests have a shaping force in the city and prioritize commercial developments and exclusivity over social amentities, services and public spaces.[read more]

Turning Parking Lots into Places for Sustainable City Discovery

October 30, 2014 by This Big City

Parking Lots and Discovery

I propose that parking lots around the city reserve just two spaces — one from hundreds of spaces in most lots — that will be transformed into an inviting and safe area for parking lot users to connect with other transit systems and find information about nearby places and services.[read more]


7 Top Trends for Sustainable Architecture in 2014

August 14, 2014 by Jeff Caldwell

Greener Buildings are Multiplying

“Sustainable City” may be a buzzword these days, but it’s a buzzword with substance. The number of buildings featuring green innovations is growing at a phenomenal rate. Here are some of the top trends for urban sustainable architecture in 2014.[read more]

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Emphasize Sustainable Cities in Latest Draft

UN Urban Development Planning

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a critical piece of the international development agenda, particularly for international development institutions, which will often base their portfolio on the United Nation’s agreements.[read more]

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Jane Jacobs Inspires Sustainable, Human-Centered Cities

Jane Jacobs and Human Cities

In the post World War II era, achieving the American Dream entailed owning a large, detached home in the suburbs with a bright green lawn and a car… or three. Urban centers in the United States were perceived as places to go for work or to pass through.[read more]


Welcome to Bicycle Urbanism

February 10, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Welcome to Bicycle Urbanism!

There is a cheap and prescription-free drug out there, which can take hold as a side-effect-free antidote for many urban ills our societies are facing today. It is called Bicycle Urbanism. Welcome to the discourse on how we can use bicycle urbanism to build cities fit for the future.[read more]


Call for Entries to the Sustainable City Awards 2014

January 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Last year's winner - Glasgow

Entries are now being accepted for the City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2014. This award recognises any successful and sustainable urban processes that lead to substantial transformations in the reality of a particular city - and involve public participation.[read more]

ProjectZero: Creating Sustainable Cities

January 9, 2014 by Charles Arthur

ProjectZero's vision is to convert the Danish municipality of Sønderborg into a zero-carbon community by 2029. During the first five years, the initiative has helped the community achieve 16.2% CO2 reduction and created 800 green jobs in the areas of construction industry, district heating and energy consulting.[read more]


WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]

Still Searching for the Sustainable City Formula

August 15, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Sustainable Cities

I’m obsessed with trying to find just the right set of goals to define urban sustainability. The world of smart growth has been my home base for two decades and, for a long time, the classic “ten principles” of smart growth seemed a great answer.[read more]