urban sustainability Articles

  • Barriers to the implementation of urban sustainability

    Much of the debate over urban sustainability has revolved around the key components of sustainable development, and this has resulted in the identification of key concepts and principles that should be followed. Very little attention has been given to the difficulties encountered in the implementation of urban sustainability. This paper sets out the background to urban sustainability within ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 institutional dimension of urban sustainable development

    Sustainable urban development consists of the intentional construction of a dynamic balance between the different logics of the private, public, social (or civil) and natural economic systems, through new organizational rules. These are the institutions. For a co-evolution of the four systems, they should not only ensure the conservation of natural and man-made capital, but also produce human and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable urban agriculture: stocktake and opportunities

    This paper reviews research on urban agriculture which relates to the three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic and environmental. We propose that urban agriculture has three elements: urban agriculture in isolation; its interface with the people and environment within which it is situated; and its contribution to the design of built form. Additionally, we consider its scale: micro, ...

  • Sustainable urban design: principles to practice

    This paper attempts to make the connection between the theory of sustainability and the practice of urban design. In doing so it draws from a wide body of literature to establish ten universal principles of sustainable urban design. These it relates to some of the widely accepted precepts of sustainable development. In linking theory to practice, consideration is given to how these principles ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Modelling Sustainable Urban Drainage Structures

    Introduction “Sustainable Development” is an increasingly important concept in most industries today, and one in which the water industry has been making rapid progress for over a decade. In countries around the world, including the USA, Europe, and Australia, Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUD) structures - permeable pavements, ponds, and the like - are reducing the volumes of direct urban runoff, ...


    By Innovyze

  • Water security and sustainability in urban India

    The rapid growth of population combined with rising levels of consumption and pollution has increased water insecurity in urban India. The depleting water sources on the one hand, higher financial and technological costs to refine and transport water from far off sources on the other, leave limited possibilities to augment the water supply in the near future. Climate change may further adversely ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable odour control in urban environments

    Abstract With an ever increasing focus on sustainability, the municipal recycling sector is increasingly locating recycling facilities in urban environments to be closer to their waste sources. The odour control industry needs to respond in providing ever more efficient odour extraction technologies to minimise any odour nuisance to their residential community neighbours. ...

  • GPR goes underground: Pipe Penetrating Radar

    Abstract: Pipe Penetrating Radar (PPR) is the underground in-pipe application of ground penetrating radar (GPR) either robotically or by manned entry to reveal wall thickness, delamination, voids, and other conditions that enable more precise determination of pipeline integrity and verifications for trenchless technology rehabilitation. PPR, when applied to pipe-bursting applications, can ...


    By SewerVUE

  • European water policies and human health — Combining reported environmental information

    Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. This report considers three pieces of EU ...

  • Implications of climate and urban development on the design of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS)

    This paper explores the implications of climate change and urban development on the design of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) using the example of ponds and raingardens in Auckland, New Zealand. Many of Auckland's coastal and freshwater receiving environments have been degraded due to stormwater inflows and are potentially at further risk due to continued urbanisation and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Economic market instruments and sustainable urban water use

    Water is an economic good and as such has as a value to a spectrum of users, who are willing to pay for it. Consumers will use water until the marginal costs exceed the marginal benefits from use of an additional cubic meter of water. Similarly, producers will supply water until the marginal costs exceed the marginal return of an additional cubic meter of water supplied. This article surveys 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

  • Sustainability and planning: does urban form matter?

    This paper deals with the difficult relation between urban form, travel behaviour and sustainable development. In more developed countries, the influence of governments on urban form can be considerable through planning. Modern planning theory focuses mainly on procedural aspects. It is argued in this paper that substantive aspects cannot be neglected if sustainable solutions are being pursued. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable urban development: definition and reasons for a research programme

    The concept of sustainable development is steadily approaching recognition, if not full disciplinary autonomy, becoming the focus of new theoretical and normative reflection. However, the same cannot be said of a more specific field of application of that same concept - the urban environment. In our opinion, this has been hindered until recently by some unresolved problems - of definition, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Decision-support systems for sustainable urban planning

    The question of urban sustainability becomes more and more pressing with regard to the scarcity of urban environmental resources such as ground, air, water, etc. Thus, planners are confronted with the necessity of taking into account impacts typically analysed by other disciplines. Decision-support systems (DSS) have been developed to introduce multiple inter-disciplinary aspects to the planning ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Smart urban design for India’s sustainable future

    Indore’s new Bus Rapid Transit system, the iBus, recently completed a successful run of 100 days. This system is not just a first in the city, but also in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The iBus spans an 11.4-kilometer corridor, 21 median stations, and features custom-designed buses that ...

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