scan101Sustainable Urban Development


What is sustainability?

Sustainability has often been defined as how biosystems are able to conserve and develop diversity and productiveness. Today, in 21st century,  it refers to the mission of developing the sustainable models to find the balance between both the human race and planet Earth to survive.

In 2005, the World Summit on Social Development decided on three main areas that must contribute together to creating lasting prosperity for our planet:

Environmental Sustainability

All of earth’s environmental systems must be kept in balance while natural resources to provide safe life on Earth.

Economic Sustainability

All people around the world must be able to maintain their independence and have access to the resources that they require to meet their needs.

Social Sustainability

Universal human rights and basic necessities are provided to all people, to help them find access to enough resources they need to keep their communities healthy and secure.

These three important areas together can provide great potential for long-term maintenance of well being for humanity, which has ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions.


What is sustainable urban development?

Sustainable urban development is a process by which general sustainability can be attained by creating a comfortable city planning and supporting the needs of different social groups of the city.  All of them must have an opportunity to be present and to enjoy the public space. Social sensitivity and awareness is esential for providing decent quality of living for the future generation.

Where can i learn more about sustainability and urban development and get some educational materials?

Here are some useful links for further readings:

Links in english:

1) Sustainability easily explained

2) Online educational course on sustainable urban development

3) Educational presentations on sustainable urban development

4) Manual on sustainable urban development

5) An exibition of berlin city models


Links in german:

1) Urban projects and initiatives in your city


2) Book about urban space