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View Resource Arcosanti

Arcology, in simplest terms, is "the fusion of architecture with ecology." Designed by Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti is located in the high desert of northern Arizona. Begun in 1970 as an "urban laboratory," it can house 7000 people while occupying only 25 acres of a 4,060 acre preserve. The site promotes this alternative use of space and seeks to educate people on arcology and Soleri via a virtual...

https://arcosanti.org
View Resource Smart Growth

This site features resources focused on "smart growth," growth that attempts to "minimize environmental and health impacts while promoting economic prosperity." The site explains smart growth; provides links to funding sources, resources, and members of the smart growth network, a coalition of government, business, and civic organizations; collects related fact sheets, reports, grant products, and...

https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth
View Resource Carfree.com

This site advocates less dependence on automobile transportation, and proposes suggestions for technologies and city layouts that would eliminate the need for it altogether. Some of the most interesting discussion concerns city topology, suggesting a six-lobe design. Each lobe is divided into many districts, and can support up to two million people (twelve million in all). A heavy-rail metro is...

http://www.carfree.com/
View Resource Adding up the cost of bags

Cities around the world have been adopting various environmentally friendly policies during the past few years. Some cities have moved to make construction sites recycle materials, and still others, such as Chicago, have made a concerted effort to incorporate “green” building principles into their municipally financed structures. This past week, the city of San Francisco continued to consider...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2005/0128#1
View Resource UN-Habitat: Best Practices Database

How can we improve the urban condition? It's a great and pressing question and the UN's Habitat agency has some answers. Here, visitors can look over 4,000 proven solutions to "common social, economic and environmental problems." Visitors can browse these award winning best practices for inspiration and solace as they think about the future of cities. Resources here include documents such as...

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https://unhabitat.org/