In a roundtable on the most pressing challenges for our cities, a colleague challenged us with the following question: “Do you believe that cities can buy their sustainability?” Between stunned looks and expressions of disbelief, we could not reach a conclusion. The truth is that, as Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions of the world, every decision taken by a … [Read more...] about Smarter and More Sustainable Cities in Latin America? We Must Learn to Buy Better
Between 1950 and 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean urbanized at an unprecedented rate, increasing its urban population from 50 to 80 percent (as a percentage of the total); a figure that is expected to reach 86 percent by 2050. On the other hand, Latin American cities are extremely vulnerable to extreme weather events, droughts and floods: three-quarters of Latin Americans live in low-lying coastal areas. How to promote sustainable urban development? Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
Copenhagen is considered one of the cities with the highest standards of quality of life. The Municipality has an Office responsible for promoting the public life of the city where the human dimension and social conditions are its main priorities. Starting in 1960, public strategies and policies around people’s welfare and quality of life began to be integrated into local … [Read more...] about Public space for all: what makes Copenhagen the city for the people?
How urban recovery guided by a successful planning process can turn a damaged area of a port into a catalyst for urban renewal and sustainable development? The case of Western Harbor in the city of Malmö, the third largest in Sweden, is a proof of how to deal with this type of urban development challenge. Taking into account the importance of multisectoral work and … [Read more...] about Urban recovery and planning: the case of Western Harbor, Malmö
Currently, urban planning in Latin America and the Caribbean offers a perspective of fragmented cities in their expressions and tendencies. The conception of city in the region has evolved from a notion of unity to a perception of fragmentation, of contrasts and unequal realities, with divided spheres instead of integrated urban systems that in some cases have settlement … [Read more...] about Integrated urban development: Copenhagen and its Nordhavn case
Considering the rapid growth process of cities, mobility has become one of the main challenges for public administrations. Currently, transport represents about 1/5 of the world’s energy demand and 1/4 of the CO2 emissions related to energy. Pollution, traffic and noise are considered some of the challenges that have driven the development of innovative solutions and the … [Read more...] about Sustainable urban transport: what can we learn from Copenhagen?