Social Sustainability: Answering to the Cohesion Needs of Globalized Cities

By Rahil Adeli Introduction: Globalization Creates Problems and Opportunities for Social Sustainability The quantity and quality of community cohesion in cities has undergone great changes through globalization. In terms of social and community cohesion, researchers harken to the days before the 1950s, when local communities were almost entirely oriented around a single local industry. For … More Social Sustainability: Answering to the Cohesion Needs of Globalized Cities

New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part I: Cohousing in China

By Katie Sperry Sharing and cooperation are evolved, sociocultural traits that have played an integral part in human social and cultural evolution (Nowak, 2011). In modern societies, private interests have been prioritized at the cost of shared interests. This is particularly prevalent in contemporary urban areas, where sociocultural or informal sharing still occurs, but has … More New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part I: Cohousing in China

A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 2

PART 2: Criticisms of cohousing and the role of government in promoting this form of housing delivery In Part 1 of this two-part blog post, I discussed cohousing in the German context and its potential for improving the built environment from an ecological perspective with more energy-efficient buildings, and also from a social sustainability perspective. … More A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 2

In Malmö, social sustainability by policy design … and by neighbourhood surprise

In Sweden, the City of Malmö takes the question of social justice to heart – in the same sense as intended by the World Health Organization in its 2008 report, Closing the Gap in a Generation: “Social injustice is literally a question of life and death.” The Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö was struck … More In Malmö, social sustainability by policy design … and by neighbourhood surprise

Dockside Green: How a community can grow in unplanned circumstances

Last week, a couple of our research team members: Stuart Dow, Mike Wakely and myself went to Victoria for a site visit of Dockside Green, a neighbourhood scale development project which aims at an ecological form of urban living. Although I was excited to be in Victoria, I had come into the site visit with low expectations simply because the project … More Dockside Green: How a community can grow in unplanned circumstances