GOVERNANCE CONSUMPTION ECOSYSTEM SERVICES GLOBALISATION
SUSTAINABILITY INDICES URBAN SUSTAINABILITY GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Building Smart Cities
More than half of the world’s population now resides in urban or rapidly urbanising areas, crucibles for our most complex environmental and social problems. Nonetheless, cities also present many opportunities to test and adapt solutions at an efficient scale, translating collective knowledge into action. We have been capitalising on our Scandinavian network and contacts as many Scandinavian cities pose as some of the most sustainable cities in the world. We are closely aligned with local governments, businesses and organisations to stimulate innovation. Our expertise includes sustainable transportation, integrated water and energy infrastructure and development of sustainable green zones and neighbourhoods. We can assist in innovatively putting together and studying green buildings, but also collectively engaging in community wants and needs to model how cities may define their own future. The construct of urban institutions, like universities, are uniquely positioned to deploy their mission of education and service to solve city-scale challenges while preserving natural systems and creating equitable economic opportunities for its citizens. We support the European Smart City Model [smart-cities.eu] based out of the Vienna University of Technology. It provides an integrative approach to profile and benchmark European medium-sized cities and is regarded as an instrument for effective learning processes regarding urban innovations in specific fields of urban development.

A Closer Look at Urban Sustainability
In a city there is a large population of people, often living quite close to each other. These people need many things, such as food, energy and clean water, and they need to dispose of their waste. This may have a large negative impact on the environment. Large amounts of countryside may be turned over to growing food for people in the city, valleys may be flooded to store and supply water and landfill sites used to dispose of waste. Urban sustainability is the idea that a city can be organised without excessive reliance on the surrounding countryside and be able to power itself with renewable sources of energy. The aim of this is to create the smallest possible ecological footprint and to produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible, to efficiently use land, compost used materials, recycle it or convert waste-to-energy and to make the city’s overall contribution as minimal as possible. However, human beings are social creatures and we thrive in urban spaces and this, in turn, encourages social connections. Despite what some people think, urban systems can be more environmentally sustainable than rural or suburban living, where people may be further from each other, from essential services and from the workplace. With people and resources located so close to one another it is possible to save energy and resources by the effective planning of services such as food transportation and mass transit systems. Cities also benefit the economy by bringing people together in one relatively small area where ideas can easily be generated and developed. The Centre has expertise in working with businesses and academia in solving urban solutions in water, energy, transportation, health, building materials and food production.
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     CONSUMPTION
     ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
     GLOBALISATION
     SUSTAINABILITY INDICES
     URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
     GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
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SHENZHEN CBD
AGRICULTURE, RIVER AND GREEN CORRIDOR








SINGAPORE
GREEN CORRIDOR