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Can We Design Cities for Happiness?

Can We Design Cities for Happiness? | Eetbare Stad | Scoop.it
Happiness itself is a commons to which everyone should have equal access.

That’s the view of Enrique Peñalosa, a politician who served as mayor of Bogotá, Colombia for three years, and now travels the world spreading a message about how to improve quality-of-life for everyone living in today’s cities.

Peñalosa’s ideas stand as a beacon of hope for cities of the developing world, which even with their poverty and immense problems will absorb much of the world’s population growth over the next half-century. Based on his experiences in Bogotá, Peñalosa believes it’s a mistake to give up on these cities as good places to live.


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Visualizing Sustainable Urbanization

Visualizing Sustainable Urbanization | Eetbare Stad | Scoop.it

In a Sustainable City, the use of renewable resources is emphazised, resource consumption is minimized and resources are managed in a way that maximizes recovery and reuse.
New system solutions provide scope for synergies between sewage, waste and energy production and enable coordination with efficient land use, landscape planning and transport systems. This is illustrated by the eco-cycle model which is essential for a definitive shift from linear to circular resource flows.


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Emily Bian's curator insight, May 22, 2015 9:27 AM

Sustainability is the survival of the environment to be able to sustain future generations. Environmental sustainability is a critical issue due to mass consumption, pollution, climate change, and things like deforestation and desertification. 

People are using more renewable resources and trying to cut down on mass consumption. 

This is a good diagram and article to read for APHUG students for them to learn about sustainability and how that affects the people living on this earth. 

Anna Sasaki's curator insight, May 27, 2015 3:08 AM

Sustainability derives from the utilization of renewable resources. There are new and improved methods of the disposal of waste and more eco-friendly ways of transportation and landscape planning. This model insinuates the different ingredients needed to create a sustainable city.

This ties into master planned cities, since the cities have to take into account these fundamental rules of sustainability, as well as the small details which could potentially have grand repercussions.