sustainable urban transformations.
The concept of sustainable urban transformation places emphasis on understanding cities as a source of opportunities for sustainability, promoting active collaboration among diverse stakeholders and integrating different perspectives and bodies of knowledge and expertise.
After two centuries of urbanization, much of the global population currently lives in urban areas, and urban
At the same time, it is in cities that inspiration is found for innovation, renewal and new levels of comfort. Cities also have the potential to create cohesion and synergies between individuals and businesses. By taking more sustainable, zero-carbon and resilient (closed-loop) pathways, urban
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GreA’s sustainable urban transformation facilitates the urban transition process through collaboration and systemic innovation across infrastructure, governance and investment. Urban green infrastructure is a key factor to creating sustainable and livable cities in the future. The importance of green environments for good health, equality, climate adaption and biodiversity is undisputed. At the same time rapid urbanization and a growing population are driving the densification of cities.
How can practice and research work together towards evidence based strategies and solutions which prove that cities can be made denser while at the same time sustaining and developing ecosystem services for the benefit of inhabitants?
capacity building and education for sustainable development.
integrated and systemic eco-innovation.
Innovation used to be a linear trajectory from new knowledge to
sustainable development and smart growth.
Sustainable development and smart growth are often used interchangeably. Smart growth is development that is environmentally sensitive, economically viable, community-oriented, and sustainable. It is an approach to land-use planning that promotes compact, transit-oriented urban communities that are attractive and livable. Smart growth focuses on the planning and layout of communities and the efficient use of land to maximize community goals and avoid wasteful sprawl. Sustainable urban transformations make the case for smart, sustainable development through articulating new models of value, and visualizing and making sense of complex data. Urban Transitions demonstrates how one ‘engagement’ can be more efficient and have multiple outcomes and benefits.
Greennovations-Africa (greA.) inspires a transition towards a green and inclusive economy by supporting industries, agriculture and other land-use enterprises to achieve integration, productivity, profitability and sustainable growth.
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