UN Habitat – Urban Patterns for a Green Economy: Leveraging Density

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UN Habitat – Urban Patterns for a Green Economy: Leveraging Density

The UN Habitat “Quick Guides” for the Sustainability Institute

MCA was appointed by the Sustainability Institute to work on a series of ‘Quick Guides’ for the UN Habitat highlighting how cities and city-regions can employ sustainable patterns for a green economy. These guides aim to inspire city managers to think more broadly about the role of their cities and was launched during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development during June 2012.

Elzette, with Matt’s assistance, produced this Guide which illustrates how the notion of the compact city and planned (versus unplanned) urban extension can support sustainable urban patterns that benefit the functioning of developed as well as developing world cities. Properly managed, compaction can positively enhance the life of the city dweller and support related strategies aimed at promoting a green economy and sustainable urban settlements.

Please visit www.unhabitat.org/pmss/ to download a copy of this guide.