A barracks as a forerunner in terms of urban development and sustainable living? What sounds like a mismatch is today the home of more than 5,000 citizens of Freiburg, Germany in a district called Vauban.
When the French troops left after the Cold War in the beginning of the 1990s the city of Freiburg saw a great opportunity to meet the rising demand for housing space and decided to develop a new district in this area.
Extended civic participation – giving power to the people
With this urban development aspiration of the municipal government, some citizens felt that the time had come to implement their dream of a livable and eco-just district. For this purpose they founded the association Forum Vauban in 1994.
January 14, 2014 No Comments
This is the nineteenth year of UN climate change negotiations. But even 19 years has proved not long enough for national governments to agree on, and implement, measures that reduce global greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep the world beneath the dangerous 2°C threshold.
Meanwhile, cities and local authorities across the globe are taking the lead in climate mitigation in the face of inaction at the national and international level. [Read more →]
November 21, 2013 No Comments
Many non-Brazilians may not have heard of the South American city, but within the country Curitiba is well-known. With more than 4 million inhabitants (1.7 million in the city, 1.5 million in the metropolitan area) Curitiba is the eighth biggest city in Brazil and was named the “World’s Most Innovative City“ in 1996. What of this legacy remains today, 17 years later?
November 8, 2013 No Comments