Recommended Readings

Curious to know more about Sustainable Communities?, perhaps these readings can provide more input

Urban Planning Against Poverty: How to Think and Do Better Cities in the Global South

By Jean-Claude Bolay. Springer, 2020, ISBN 9783030284190.Joshua Kirshner (University of York) reviews this book which explores the foundations of urban planning and their suitability for application in mid-sized cities of the Global South.

Young people and environmental affordances in urban sustainable development

By: Sylvia Nissen, Kate Prendergast, Midori Aoyagi, Kate Burningham, Mohammad Mehedi Hasan, Bronwyn Hayward, Tim Jackson, Vimlendu Jha, Helio Mattar, Ingrid Schudel, Sue Venn & Aya Yoshida

Upstream Innovation

By: Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Upstream Innovation guide tells how to harness the power of upstream innovation as a root-cause solution to plastic waste.
In a circular economy, upstream innovation is about tracing a problem back to its root cause and tackling it there. It means that rather than working out how to deal with a pile of waste, we prevent it from being created in the first place.
Find out how moving upstream can tackle packaging waste and pollution while generating economic benefits.

Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

By Mariana Mazzucato

What if the same level of boldness - the boldness that set inspirational goals, took risks and explicitly recognized that this requires large spending but will be worthwhile in terms of long-term growth - was applied to the biggest problems of our time, climate change, disease and inequality, to name only a few?

The Future 50 Foods

By Knorr & WWF

50 foods for healthier people and a healthier planet
A collection of diverse plant-based foods from around the world that can boost the nutritional value of our meals whilst reducing the environmental impact of our food supply.

Curbing Traffic

By Melissa & Chris Bruntlett
In Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett chronicle their experience living in the Netherlands and the benefits that result from treating cars as visitors rather than owners of the road. They weave their personal story with research and interviews with experts and Delft locals to help readers share the experience of living in a city designed for people.

Building the Cycling City

By Melissa & Chris Bruntlett
In Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett share the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch cycling story, show how some of the ideas are already being adopted in global cities, and draw out concrete lessons for other places to follow their lead

Urban Sustainability Framework

By The World Bank
The Urban Sustainability Framework (USF) is structured in two parts, along with annexes that explore the good practices of specific cities and organizations and the positive results of their initiatives.
The outcome dimensions are (1) urban economies, (2) natural environment and resources, (3) climate action and resilience, and (4) inclusivity and quality of life.

Transit-Oriented Development Implementation Resources and Tools

By The World Bank
This toolkit provides a compendium of resources for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) stakeholders to navigate each phase of the TOD process: Assessing, Enabling, Planning and Design, Financing, and Implementing. It includes how-to guides, analytical tools, communication tools, resources, case studies and template terms of reference for each phase

Public-Private Partnerships for Investment and Delivery of Affordable Housing in Emerging Market Economies

By The World BankThe role of the public sector in housing delivery in many developed economies evolved from government as builder in the post-War era in the 1950s when the government directly constructed and delivered housing to meet the daunting demand for housing, to government as enabler and regulator in the 1980s and 90s when governments retreated from direct provision but started to focus on facilitating the private sector to deliver housing effectively, and to assist the poorest segment of the population.

Greater Than Parts : A Metropolitan Opportunity (Vol. 3) : Metropolitan Atlas : Spatial Analytics for Developing Cities

By The World BankGlobally, cities are the source of over 70 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Cities are also the engines of the global economy, concentrating more than half the world’s population, and they are where the middle class is rapidly expanding. Indeed, by the year 2050, two-thirds of the world will be urban, with cities accommodating an additional 2.5 billion people over today’s total. Nearly all of this urban growth will occur in developing countries.


City of Toronto Curb Lane patios

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability - Designing for Abundance

BIA Construction Tool Kit: Lessons Learned From The Eglinton Crosstown

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