Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective
According to estimates by the United Nations, between 2000 and 2030 the share of the world’s population living in urban areas will increase from 47% to 60%, with the fastest growing cities located in developing countries. This course examines the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability in cities. Policies and programs that try to address the challenges of sustainability from both developed and developing countries are studied and compared. Opportunities for avoiding unsustainable practices in developing countries through the use of modern technologies are also analyzed. Some of the major themes explored in the context of the sustainability of cities are indicators of sustainability, demographic trends, urban poverty and slums, green building, urban sprawl, global climate change, and sustainable energy and transportation policies.