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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The rise of sustainable urban development on Reunion Island

    Reunion Island with 800,000 inhabitants shows growth in terms of population, economic, social and cultural development. Limited territory leaves little room for the compensation of urban dysfunctions by the urban spread. Rapid development calls for an additional 200,000 houses by 2030. Furthermore, increasing petrol and transportation costs mean overseas trade supply is threatening the island ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 densities, local policies and sustainable development

    This paper reports on a research project investigating the relationship between travel behaviour and residential densities. The specific focus is on the question of local authority attitudes to raising density standards as current policy suggests they should be doing. The results of a survey of English district councils are presented. The survey tries to identify the degree to which density ...


    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Study of indicators of urban environmentally sustainable development in China

    The first part of the paper briefly reviews the study of the indicators of sustainable development, including the significance of the study, its recent progress, and common problems, and introduces the concept of genuine saving. The second part analyses the theoretical background and calculation method of genuine saving, and proposes a framework for the study of indicators in China. The third ...


    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

  • 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 ...

  • Directives towards a sustainable urban rehabilitation process in old cities

    The main goal of this work is to support, scientifically, the urban rehabilitation decisions to Coimbra's historic downtown (a traditional Portuguese city) under a sustainable construction perspective. This paper presents the ten main issues to find a solution on sustainable urban rehabilitation, according to the existing experiences and concepts. The main aspects of sustainability were analysed ...


    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

  • Optimal restrictions on vehicle use for urban sustainability for Mexico City

    This paper describes and develops the conditions that make the demand side policy of vehicle use restrictions part of a cost-effective set of environmental control policies. Mexico City's experience with vehicle use restrictions is described and its failure analysed. It is argued that Mexico City took a step in the right direction, but failed to make the restrictions flexible, thereby making the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Perspectives of local public-private partnerships towards urban sustainability in Greece

    This paper aims at presenting key perspectives of local public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Greece in respect with the effort of adapting urban governance towards sustainability. It is structured into three main units. Firstly, it attempts to define PPPs in general and in environmental policy, in particular. Secondly, it draws upon an analysis of local government reforms in Greece and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Urban cultural tourism: creative approaches for heritage-based sustainable development

    The paper has a theoretical-methodological approach: its aim is to analyse the nexus between cultural tourism and urban economies, and to foster a heritage-based sustainable development. The paper starts considering the role of heritage tourism in local development by stressing that tourism can bring about a positive response to regional competitiveness, regarding its positive influence on ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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