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Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]


New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]

It's Not Only City Design: We Need To Integrate Sustainability Across the Rural-Urban Continuum

March 27, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Rural and urban sustainability are inseparably conjoined

Nearly 70% of the world population lives in urban areas and nearly 75% of economic activity is located therein. Urban areas concentrate wealth, poverty and environmental degradation. Despite the significant progress in urbanization, still a billion people live in the slums of urban areas.[read more]


Why Automobile Dependence Is The First Roadblock To Building Sustainable Cities

February 28, 2014 by Corey Foster

Car Culture and Urban Sustainability

The urban landscape today is vastly different from what it was a hundred years back. By reducing automobile dependence and adopting transportation systems that are eco-friendly and sustainable, we can take the first steps towards ensuring a beautiful city for our children.[read more]

Urban Sustainability and the Simple Bicycle

January 15, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Sustainability and Biking

As Americans grapple with a wide range of societal problems like obesity and other health issues, traffic gridlock and reduced family time, and socially isolated city-centers, we might stop to ask how we got this way and how we can change.[read more]

Urban Sustainability and the Revving Up of the American Economy

January 3, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Sustainability and the US Economy

The development of American cities on an auto-centric, sprawling scale stands in sharp contrast to those found in Western Europe. These cities, which are built for their human users in balance with accommodation for roads for cars, have fewer social and economic problems and greater benefits.[read more]

How Good Public Transport Can Encourage Sustainable Cities

December 11, 2013 by This Big City

Public Transit and Sustainability

Urban sprawl has strong impacts on sustainable mobility in cities. It is a phenomenon that not only encourages car use, but it also makes it more costly for local governments to provide public transport services. For individuals, sprawl makes it very difficult to walk or ride a bike to daily activities.[read more]

City Sustainability is About the Environment, Even When it Isn't

September 27, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

City Sustainability

I teach a seminar in regional and community sustainability and, in each of the last two weeks, a student has wondered why I was including in our curriculum subjects such as home affordability and cultural preservation. What does this have to do with sustainability? Everything.[read more]

Urban Placemaking: The Unrealized Potential of Parklets

September 25, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Parklet Potential

Those in charge of leading our urban centers into the future are hoping to make adjustments now that will allow cities to sustain themselves under the pressures of future growth. One infrastructure that is emerging as a popular component in this transition is the parklet.[read more]

Is This America's Most Sustainable Community?

September 18, 2013 by Jillian Glover

Community Sustainability

Walkability. High density. Nature preservation. Agriculture. Energy efficiency and green buildings. Aspects of urban living not associated with Atlanta. But nearby is Serenbe, a 1,000 acre community that has become a national model for sustainable development in the US.[read more]

Urban Sustainability: Oakland Potential for Food Independence

July 16, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Oakland Food Potential

Food access and policy is essential to an urban environment, and like other components of city life, is often hijacked by corporate control, these monopolies supply more fuel and farm feed than actual feeding of the hungry.[read more]

Sustainability and the Urban Commons (Part 1 of 2)

July 16, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Commons

My neighborhood has a “commons.” So does yours. The commons comprises those explicitly or, in some cases, implicitly shared resources in which the community as a whole has an interest.[read more]