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Designing Sustainable Urban Futures

 | 
Marius Albiez
, 
Gerhard Banse
, 
Kenyon C. Lindeman
, 
et al.

Introduction

Marius Albiez, Gerhard Banse, Kenyon C. Lindeman and Alexandra Quint

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Excerpt

Urbanization and reurbanization are characteristic features of development in the early 21st century, a global megatrend. Cities, where over 50% of the world’s population now live (and this share is increasing; cf. UN 2015), account for the most global economic performance, consumption of energy, greenhouse gas production, and amounts of waste produced. But on the other hand, cities also offer best opportunities for dealing with current challenges as “engines of innovations” and transformation processes in prior centuries. Urban actors can create synergies of people, resources, human and financial capital, and potential innovation skills and networks. So cities are both: responsible for and affected by global change. They pose not only significant risks but also provide great opportunities to advance sustainable development. The dense and compact city has the potential to be a sustainable and resource-saving living space when multifunctional structures, a well integrated transportat...

Author(s)

Dipl.-Geoökol.; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe, Germany; marius.albiez@kit.edu

Professor Dr.; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe (ITAS) // Berlin Centre Technology & Culture, Berlin, Germany; gerhard.banse@partner.kit.edu

M. Sc.-Geogr.; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe, Germany; alexandra.quint@kit.edu

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