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Sustainable Cities in Theory and Practice: A Comparative Study of Curitiba and Portland
Karlstad University, Division for Environmental Sciences.
2007 (English)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The sustainable city is a relatively recent concept which has gained increasing attention the last decades both through the international community and through grass root movements. This study aims to explore how the sustainable city can be translated from theory to practice, using the United Nations universal guide lines for sustainable human settlements as a theoretic background to a comparative case study of Curitiba, Brazil and Portland, USA. The grass root movement of the eco-city concept is also explored as it is a broader approach to sustainable urban planning then the UN HABITAT guide lines. The study focuses on the integration of land-use and transportation systems as a way to improve the efficiency of cities. A well planned and integrated land-use and transportation system can limit land-use development while reducing green house gas emissions. The study show that the key for improving urban planning is through long term political engagement. There is no city which has successfully implemented strategies for sustainable development. A common problem is the conflicting interest of growth that undermines the potential of integrating sufficient strategies. Often governments fail to address the dynamics of the concept of sustainability which must be viewed as a constant process. The city of Curitiba demonstrates that less developed nations can improve urban planning even with limited means.

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2007. , p. 32
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-1041DiVA, id: diva2:4809
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