As the world becomes more urbanised, solutions are required to solve current challenges for three arenas of sustainability: social sustainability, environmental sustainability and urban economic sustainability.

This edited volume interrogates innovative solutions for sustainability in cities around the world. The book draws on a group of 12 international case studies, including Vancouver and Calgary in Canada, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the US (North America), Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Seoul in Korea (South-East Asia), Medellin in Colombia (South America), Helsinki in Finland, Freiburg in Germany and Seville in Spain (Europe). Each case study provides key facts about the city, presents the particular urban sustainability challenge and the planning innovation process and examines what trade-offs were made between social, environmental and economic sustainability. Importantly, the book analyses to what extent these planning innovations can be translated from one context to another.

This book will be essential reading to students, academics and practitioners of urban planning, urban sustainability, urban geography, architecture, urban design, environmental sciences, urban studies and politics.

chapter 2|14 pages

Calgary, Canada

Policy co-production and indigenous development in urban settings

chapter 3|16 pages

Helsinki, Finland

Social sustainability of urban settings – contextually sensitive, participatory approach utilizing PPGIS methodology

chapter 4|14 pages

Medellin, Colombia

Social urbanism to build human security

chapter 5|17 pages

Vancouver, Canada

Equitable sustainability planning within the post-industrial urban development model

chapter 6|17 pages

Vauban and Rieselfeld, Freiburg, Germany

Innovation in the implementation process

chapter 7|16 pages

Sukunan village, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Environmental sustainability through community-based waste management and eco-tourism

chapter 8|15 pages

Seville, Spain

Improving cycling mobility in a city with no previous cycling culture

chapter 9|14 pages

Seoul, South Korea

Dismantling a highway – Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project

chapter 10|13 pages

Los Angeles, United States

Adaptive re-use of buildings to regenerate the inner-city

chapter 11|16 pages

Bhubaneswar, India

Smart City Plan and economic sustainability

chapter 12|16 pages

San Francisco, United States

A new model of sustainable industrial land use

chapter 13|17 pages

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

The “Science City” in Belval – planning a large-scale urban development project in a small country

chapter 14|11 pages