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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  • The Reality of Future Smart Cities

    Your city is stupid. The flooding and potholed streets, the poor built buildings leaking considerable amount of energy, coin-operated parking devices, traffic jams many of us encounter every day have been recognizable features of almost every city for centuries. But the smart cities future is here, and it has just started its journey. Thanks to exceptional advances in technology and proliferation ...

  • 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

  • The Mediterranean urban development: a lesson of sustainability for the world

    This paper aims at showing that contemporary city planners should look into Mediterranean cities. The authors go through different cities such as Toledo, Torino, Firenze, and Santorini, and demonstrate that these cites were conceived in symbiosis with their environment, long before the industrial revolution. They notably show that the form of these cities has been able to adapt to the passing of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • The urban sustainable development in European Union through ranking: a tool for governance or a report of territorial disparities?

    Sustainable urban development is a major topic in European Union in spite of the fact there are not any integrated strategy implemented directly. However, urban sustainability remains an integrated theme across the territory of European Union, as mentioned in institutional and intergovernmental charters. European institutions prefer to give funds for cities developing sustainable urban renewal ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The urban sustainable development in European Union through ranking: a tool for governance or a report of territorial disparities?

    Sustainable urban development is a major topic in European Union in spite of the fact there are not any integrated strategy implemented directly. However, urban sustainability remains an integrated theme across the territory of European Union, as mentioned in institutional and intergovernmental charters. European institutions prefer to give funds for cities developing sustainable urban renewal ...


    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

  • Transitioning to sustainability: pathways, directions and opportunities

    The transition to sustainability requires not only an understanding of the risks that society is facing but the development of pathways that will enable the shift towards sustainability. Such risks include not only resources and global warming but also established economic models and social ethics and values. This paper identifies how the risks facing global societies are being addressed, and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The role of culture in sustainable urban development: some economic issues

    The cultural sector of a city contributes in a variety of ways to promoting the livability, vitality and sustainability of the cities in which it is located. In this paper, we consider the sorts of economic functions performed by the cultural sector, conceptualising the city in economic terms as a conglomeration of different types of capital with a particular focus on cultural capital. We ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Measuring accessibility: prescriptions for performance measures of the creative and sustainable city

    Urban journalists and researchers seek performance measures on how one city fares versus another in any dimension. An increasingly important performance measure relates to how well cities advance one important dimension of sustainability - decreased mobile source pollutants and decreased travel for vehicles - and how much driving and congestion is occurring. But is congestion really the problem? ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Creative urban regeneration between innovation, identity and sustainability

    The proposed study aims to investigate the concept of the creative city: who are the drivers and what are the factors conditioning creativity in cities and how do they stimulate sustainable urban regeneration and innovation. In the framework of the creative clusters of events, the case study serves to illustrate the Milla Digital project in Zaragoza (Spain), in which place identity and creativity ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Lessons from the C40 Mayors Summit: Scaling Up Solutions for Resilient, Livable Cities

    More than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. So cities represent the single-greatest opportunity for targeted, meaningful actions that create impact on the ground, improve the quality of life for billions of people, and reduce the risks of climate change. This ...

  • 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

  • 3 Big opportunities to transform transportation

    The need for action on sustainable transport has never been more apparent than it is today. The world’s population is expected to reach a whopping 9.8 billion people by 2050, with about 70 percent of these people residing in cities. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas ...

  • How much water do we really use? A case study of the city state of Singapore

    The observed and predicted increase in urban population in the world is creating and will further create severe stress on existing water infrastructures and available water resources. Singapore's population has increased from about 1 million people in the 1950s to almost 5 million currently. The city state has invested massively in a sustainable water supply system, and is regarded by many as a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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 ...

  • For China, sustainable urbanization has many benefits

    China’s recent history has been marked by tremendous economic growth and dynamism as it has progressed from a modest farming society to a thriving manufacturing success in less than three decades. As China’s economy continues to grow, it must now wrestle with a new emerging challenge: How will it handle the shift from a majority rural population to a majority urban one? This question ...

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