sustainable cities Articles

  • The sustainable cities agenda

    Cities are often called economic powerhouses.  Even countries with large agricultural sectors need the activities that are generated in cities to maintain flourishing economies.  As the world’s population grows, so does the number of urban dwellers.  This in turn has significant sustainable development implications for our resource-limited planet.  Given that cities are ...


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  • Market solutions for sustainable cities

    Sustainable development has become a globally accepted policy objective. It is, however, increasingly recognised that the implementation of sustainability strategies has to take place at a decentralised level. This has also provoked the idea of urban sustainability. This paper aims to offer a refreshing contribution by making a plea for market solutions for urban sustainability problems. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • City of Groningen – going for sustainable

    The city of Groningen, counting over 180,000 inhabitants is the largest city of the northern provinces of the Netherlands. The city is known for its lovely architecture, its vibrant nightlife and many cultural destinations. And lately the city wants to be known as well for its ambition to become Holland’s most sustainable city. Energy saving is the most effective way to obtain ...


    By eSight Energy

  • `Standards are desperately needed for plastic and pesticide contamination in soil´

    In addition to plastic in the oceans, plastic contamination in arable land throughout Europe and other parts of the world is a growing problem. No standards exist for these types of soil pollutants, nor for pesticide residues or their degradation products. For this reason, Professor Violette Geissen is calling for standards to be implemented. On 15 June, Geissen will deliver her inaugural address ...

  • Sustainable Cities: From a Vision to Reality

    The C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa kicks off today (Feb. 4). It’s the fifth biennial meeting of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a collection of mayors from cities around the world committed to advancing urban solutions to climate change. The theme for the event is “Towards resilient and ...

  • 10 top tips for sustainable cities

    As global population grows, urban population is growing even faster — with 2.5 billion more city dwellers expected by 2050, according to the United Nations. And while urbanization can bring benefits in terms of economies of scale, social cohesion, technological innovation, transportation efficiency and more, cities can also be breeding grounds for poverty, pollution and malaise. To help ...


    By Ensia

  • Book Review: The Human Sustainable City

    The Human Sustainable City, edited by Luigi Fusco Girard, Bruno Forte, Maria Cerreta, Pasquale De Toro and Fabiana Forte. Ashgate, 2003. 588pp. ISBN 0-7546-0945-6Keywords: book ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Maintainable city models for sustainable development

    3D city models are getting more important as a field of research and business and received an increasing amount of attention from both the scientific community and the professional field. 3D city models are one of the new tools for sustainable city development. Since development questions occur repeatedly, the used city models should be maintainable, i.e. the system should be kept up–to–date and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Envisioning and co-designing a sustainable future for African cities

    It was with the powerful phrase in mind: “What if the only way to predict the future is to design it,” that Jeff Robinson, Aurecon’s Sustainable Buildings Group Leader, presented at the Green Building Council South Africa’s annual convention as one of the event’s innovation speakers. ...

  • Sustainability in the city scale to fight global warming

    Cities are a hub of activity, transition and living. From the design of the infrastructure to the design of the buildings, from transportation to industry, there are lots that can be done to make a city better suited to sustainability. Yet, questions like "Is renovating a fossil city the way to go?" or "How much can be done to make a present city more sustainable?" need to be answered. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable Building 2010 - Becoming a supplier to Masdar City

    Becoming a supplier to Masdar City Are you interested in supplying products in the construction and operation of Masdar City? In order for Masdar City to reach its ambitious goals of being one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, Masdar City encourages suppliers to find out the carbon footprint for the products they sell and ...


    By thinkstep

  • Urban sustainability issues — Enabling resource-efficient cities

    What is this report about? Resource efficiency is now a key objective of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The flagship 'Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe' initiative (EC, 2011a) sets out a framework to support a shift towards a resource‑efficient and low-carbon economy in many policy areas. It also gives practical guidance on how to achieve such an economy (EC, 2011b). The Seventh ...

  • Ecological approaches in planning for sustainable cities: A review of the literature

    ABSTRACT Rapid urbanization has brought environmentally, socially, and economically great challenges to cities and societies. To build a sustainable city, these challenges need to be faced efficiently and successfully. This paper focuses on the environmental issues and investigates the ecological approaches for planning sustainable cities through a comprehensive review of ...


    By GJESM Journal

  • Urban knowledge parks, knowledge cities and urban sustainability

    Urban knowledge parks are a new mechanism for the transformation of cities into knowledge cities, in which the leit motif is knowledge and information. These cities offer one of the desirable paradigms for the sustainable cities of the future. Urban knowledge parks are a subset of knowledge parks. Their distinguishing characteristics and the processes by which they come into being are briefly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable cities: problems of integrated interdisciplinary research

    This paper explores the problem of integrated interdisciplinary research in the field of sustainable cities. The problematique of urban sustainability is studied in the historical and international context. Current research in the field is reviewed, and major gaps in interdisciplinary analysis are identified. The paper makes first steps towards the development of an innovative methodology for the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Urban sustainable environmental development patterns in modern cities

    Planning urban development and applying policies which fall into line with the principals of sustainability, constitutes the main goal of the modern cities. The current study aims at analysing the policies and the tactics of two European medium sized city regions to apply a sustainable sound pattern of development. Both cities are located in industrialised areas: Bochum in the Valley of Ruhr in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Eco-Cities

    This article presents concepts and synthesis of ecocity developments, using Hammarby Sjöstad in Sweden, Dongtan, Tianjin and Qingdao in China, Masdar in the United Arab Emirates and Treasure Island and Sonoma Mountain Village in California as case studies. An ecocity is a city or a part thereof that balances social, economic and environmental factors (triple bottom line) to achieve ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Developing and sustaining creative cities: a sustainability tool for designers, planners, and public administrators

    A creative city will be made up of many distinct characteristics within the five domains of sustainability: environmental qualities, socio-cultural conditions, technological applications, economic patterns and vitalities and supportive, democratic public policies. All of these characteristics are dependent upon sustainable design, sustainable planning and responsible urban administration for the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Opinion: The city: environmental issues and sustainable development

    The city with which I am most familiar is Greater London. The crucial environmental issues for London have been benchmarked in the Mayor’s State of the Environment Report for London (May 2003) as required by the Greater London Authority Act 1999. It covers the following issues, which are probably applicable to a lesser or greater extent to any metropolis: land quality and the conservation of ...


  • Urban sustainability issues — What is a resource-efficient city?

    What is this report about? Policy background Scarcity of natural resources poses a threat to the continued prosperity and well‑being of the world's population. As the global economy and population grows and the standard of living rises, the demand for natural resources increases and this threatens the security of supply. Resources are defined as all inputs into ...

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