The Seven Challenges of Sustainable Cities

Birgitte Hoffmann, Morten Elle, Susanne Balslev Nielsen, Jesper Ole Jensen, Birgitte Hoffmann

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    The departing point for this paper is that we do not know what a sustainable city is. The present situation is characterised be small demonstration projects and strategies for urban sustainable development that are not coherent. The modern city can be viewed as a complex technological system. The urban infrastructure, the buildings and their users interact in numerous and increasingly complex ways. The paper analyses some of the challenges cities meet in their quest for sustainability: Lack of awareness and ethics; Lack of tools for decision making; Lack of models for sustainable urban management; Lack of diffusion of innovations; The momentum of existing infrastructure; Counteracting trends in the development of modern society and the need for reinventing planning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCOST C8 final conference on Sustainable Urban Infrastructure : approches - solutions - methods
    Place of PublicationTrento, Italy
    PublisherTemi Editrice
    Publication date2004
    ISBN (Print)88-85114-80-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventSustainable Urban Infrastructure : Approaches - Solutions - Networking - Trento, Italy
    Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …


    ConferenceSustainable Urban Infrastructure : Approaches - Solutions - Networking
    CityTrento, Italy
    Period01/01/2003 → …

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    Final Conference for COST C8 'Best Practices in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure'


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