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The Sustainable Future Town of Your Imagination

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, In : Sustainable cities 
An excerpt from Rob Hopkins’s new book From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want (Chelsea Green Publishing, October 2019).

Published on October 15, 2019, in YES! Magazine.


"A walk into the future, in a British city where housing is sustainable, energy is locally owned, food is abundant, and the work week is just three days long.

I wake, well rested, in the straw-bale-walled apartment my family and I call home. Built 15 years ago as part of a sust...

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Why inclusive cities start with safe streets

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, October 18, 2019, In : Sustainable cities 

New design guidelines from the American Society of Landscape Architects show us how to build them


By Diana Budds. Published in Curbed, on August 28, 2019


The fight for more equitable cities is taking to the streets—literally. New street design guidelines from the American Society for Landscape Architecture (ASLA) articulate why.

Last week, ASLA released universal design guidelines for neighborhoods, streets, parks and plazas, playgrounds, and gardens—a range of scales and projects for which ...

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Meeting the challenge of climate change offers the urban development opportunity of our lifetimes

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, In : Sustainable cities 
By Lord Nicholas Stern, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate

Published in Newsweek on September 23, 2019

The world is at a critical moment. Careful research and analysis has shown us that the kind of world we leave the future generations will depend on our decisions, investments and actions in the next two decades. Increasingly, the people, especially young people, are demanding that world leaders -many of whom are gathering at the UN Secretary General's Climate Action Sum...

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‘Social urbanism’ experiment breathes new life into Colombia’s Medellin

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, January 30, 2017, In : Sustainable cities 
By Stephanie Nollen

Published in The Globe and Mail, on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

The transformation of Medellin must rank as the most remarkable urban redemption project in modern history. Two decades ago this city’s very name was a one-word synonym for “murderous-drug-and-crime-ridden-Latin-American-hellhole.” The drug baron Pablo Escobar ruled from a hilltop fortress, and his henchmen set off bombs in the middle of the city and executed police in their beds.

And today, in that same neighbo...

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C40 Mayors agree to bold and concrete actions to meet Paris Agreement

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, January 5, 2017, In : Climate change 
From: buildup.eu

One year after the critical Paris Climate Agreement, global mayors from the world’s megacities met in Mexico City from 30 November to 2 December 2016 at the C40 Mayors Summit to commit to turn the climate deal agreed by nation states from aspiration to action.

The mayors welcomed Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, as the group’s new chair and discussed findings from Deadline 2020: How Cities Will Get the Job Done, the critical research released by C40 in partnership with Arup. A...
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New paper: "Converging Urban Agendas: Toward Healthy and Sustainable Communities"

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 
Just published in the journal Social Sciences! Find it here.

Abstract

In light of recent developments such as the COP21 Paris climate agreement, the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, and the Habitat III Conference, there is increasing recognition of the role of human settlements as key components of both global challenges and global solutions. “Urban sustainability” under various names has matured over the last three decades not only in planning and related fields, ...
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Habitat III official negotiating process expanded significantly

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, February 29, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 

Habitat III official negotiating process expanded significantly

New dates include weeklong sessions devoted to local authorities and civil society.

Spring will be in the air when the first draft of the 
New Urban Agenda, the United Nations’ 20-year urbanization strategy, is shared with the world.

That release, slated for early May, will start a ticking clock until October, when upwards of 40,000 world leaders, mayors, academics, urbanists and activists converge in Quito for the U. N. Confere...


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How fragile are our cities? [new research]

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, February 19, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 

The world is urbanizing at a breakneck pace. But not all regions are moving at the same speed. Most population growth today and tomorrow will occur in the sprawling cities and slums of Africa and Asia. Just three countries — China, India and Nigeria — will account for 40% of global growth over the next decade. Meanwhile, many cities in North America and Western Europe are actually shrinking.

The pace of this urban revolution is mesmerizing. Just 3% of the world’s population lived in citi...


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SD? SCD? SDGs? Post-2015? Focus on communities? YES!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, September 21, 2014, In : Sustainable Development 
I'm back with some excellent resources and initiatives directly related to the ongoing discussions for the UN post-2015 development agenda and particularly the goals that promote sustainable community development.

Enjoy!


Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions
PANDO | Sustainable Communities (collaboration network for researchers and practitioners)
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Intern...

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Rewilding a City: The Vancouver Example

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : Sustainable cities 
From sustainablecitiescollective.com.

As a relatively young, modern city nestled between the North Shore mountains and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it is not hard to imagine Vancouver’s wild roots.



Even today, black bears still roam people’s backyards on the city’s North Shore, bald eagles nest around the University of British Columbia and whales have been spotted in False Creek on several occasions in the last few years - just last weekend, 100 dolphins and 15 orcas were spotted in H...

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Do ancient cities hold the key to equal, sustainable urban access? (ongoing research)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, In : Sustainable Development 
How far away is your school? Are there more fast food joints than farmers markets in your neighborhood? Is your doctor close enough to help you in an emergency?

Today, more than half of the world's population – that's more than 3.5 billion people – lives in cities, and cities contain the majority of services like schools, markets, and hospitals. Experts predict that by 2030, urban area will double worldwide, shifting more people into cities. However, to some, access to urban services is no...

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Does suburbanization undermine greenhouse gas benefits of urban population density?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Sustainable Development 
This is a brief presentation of a new study on suburbanization and carbon footprint in dense cities. I read it on Pando.sc and I think that these results are very important in terms of sustainable development of urban areas. We shouldn't however jump to opposite conclusions ("what? now they tell us to build high and densely?"), because obviously sustainable city dwelling doesn't correspond to what we see in many cities such as Athens (high blocks of flat and areas where people live like sardi...

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Land take Assessment by the European Environment Agency (June 2013)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Environment 
Land take by the expansion of residential areas and construction sites is the main cause of the increase in the coverage of urban land at the European level. 

Agricultural zones and, to a lesser extent, forests and semi-natural and natural areas, are disappearing in favour of the development of artificial surfaces. This affects biodiversity since it decreases habitats, the living space of a number of species, and fragments the landscapes that support and connect them. 
The annual land take in E...


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