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Utilizing Urban Living Laboratories for Social Innovation

  • Kes Mccormick
  • Sandra Naumann
  • McKenna Davis
  • Michelle-Lee Moore
Publishing year: 2018
Language: English
Pages: 198-198
Publication/Series: Urban Planet : Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities
Document type: Book chapter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Abstract english

Cities have long been recognized as potential hubs of knowledge, social and cultural diversity, jobs, education, public services, and infrastructure. Alongside these opportunities, however, cities also face a changing climate, reduced availability of raw materials and natural resources, and dwindling physical space for the built environment. These challenges are accompanied by increasing disparities in income and resultant social inequalities; mounting threats to human health, well-being, and food security; growing refugee and migration influxes; and demographic changes. These concerns and associated governance challenges increase the urgency for new socially, ecologically, and culturally sensitive approaches to urban development. Such approaches need not only to reduce human vulnerability and environmental footprints, but also to build social cohesion and support ecological sustainability, cultural integration, and the establishment of a shared identity between citizens within a just system of distribution and access to urban resources and wealth.


Kes McCormick
E-mail: kes [dot] mccormick [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

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