• Case study

    Barcelona's Super Blocks project approaches urban development in a transversal way that simultaneously promotes energetic self-sufficiency, sustainable mobility, public space revitalisation, biodiversity and urban green areas, as well as social cohesion and citizen engagement with the goal of reducing the city’s ecological footprint and improving citizens’ quality of life. Super Blocks are urban units – larger than a block but smaller than a neighbourhood – with streets favourable to slow, pedestrian-friendly transit.

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    The City of Austin is using the EcoDistrict framework to communicate the many green and sustainable features of the Seaholm Development District. 

    In 2013, the Office of Sustainability led a collaboratie exploratoin of how EcoDistrict strategies and criteria apply to the entire Seaholm Redevelopment District – including both private- and public-sector projects. Opportunities have been identified for advanced, integrated green building, mobility, watershed and ecosystem protection, economic development, climate action, and community well-being.

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    Baixada de Jacarepaguá Water Infrastructure

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    Since 1995, the Baixada de Jacarepaguá area was the fastest growing region of Rio de Janeiro in terms of population and new construction, but the lack of available potable water seriously threatened the quality of life in the region. To overcome the lack of resources and of operational capacity to take on the challenge in a timely manner in the public sector, the Barra da Tijuca Community Association Câmara Comunitária da Barra da Tijuca (CCBT) reached out to the State Company of Water and Wastewater (Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos-CEDAE), and to interested construction and commercial companies in the area, to leverage private financing for new water pipelines in exchange for water for future development project completion.

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    Porto Maravilha: Urban Waterfront Revitalization

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    With the impetus of rising real estate prices, a series of world-class mega-events, the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro, and continued economic growth, the City has cooperated with the federal and state governments, private interests, and the local community to create the extensive Porto Maravilha (Marvelous Port) project to revitalize the area. Porto Maravilha aims to increase the number of residents in the region and provide new commercial and industrial space in a sustainable, equitable, and livable way.

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