“Cities must urge urban planners and architects to reinforce pedestrianism as an integrated city policy to develop lively, safe, sustainable and healthy cities.” This small-scale view, promoted by Jan Gehl in 2013, is particularly illustrative of the nuances and scales of urban sustainability. As the new paradigm of public action, sustainability has been placed at the heart of international governance frameworks, namely the Sustainable Development Goals, first, followed by Habitat III in Quito, 2016. Along with ambitious guidelines, sustainability has become the new perspective to analyze urban territories at a global scale.
The above quote is an excerpt from the first article of the Urban Governance and Sustainability Research Group. The aim of the article is to study the challenges of implementing urban sustainability. The group argues that all these challenges ultimately converge towards the issue of governance, particularly the difficulty of drawing links between social, economic, and environmental priorities.
The full article will be posted on the website soon, so stay tuned!